Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Drones Are Too Slow to Kill Terrorists

President Obama's magical thinking about how to defeat al Qaeda.


As a strategist, Barack Obama is a pretty good politician. His speech at the National Defense University on May 23 made this quite clear. For example, his passionate defense of drones showed that he is capable of acting aggressively, but at low cost and in a way that virtually eliminates the risk to U.S. servicemembers -- all the while allowing the fight against al Qaeda to continue indefinitely. Something there for both Reds and Blues to like. 

Other key elements of the Obama strategy have similarly broad appeal, ranging from the president's stated goal of keeping our attacks focused on "high-value al Qaeda targets" to his commitment to continue "supporting transitions to democracy." Once again, it's hard to conceive of much popular opposition, from the Right or Left, to either of these strategic aims. Even his call to deal with "the underlying grievances and conflicts that feed extremism" will no doubt achieve some sort of resonance across the broad American political spectrum. 

For the rest of the story: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/06/03/drones_are_too_slow_to_kill_terrorists

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