Do we need to dismantle the drone program? | The Tylt
Do we need to dismantle the drone program?
The drone program grew from the worst excesses of the War on Terror. Critics are not opposed to drone strikes as a method, but the manner strikes are conducted. The military and White House show a preference for assassination despite having opportunities to capture high value targets.
The “find, fix, finish” doctrine that has fueled America’s post-9/11 borderless war is being refined and institutionalized. Whether through the use of drones, night raids, or new platforms yet to be unleashed, these documents lay bare the normalization of assassination as a central component of U.S. counterterrorism policy.
The whole article is worth a read, but it boils down to this:
“The military is easily capable of adapting to change, but they don’t like to stop anything they feel is making their lives easier, or is to their benefit. And this certainly is, in their eyes, a very quick, clean way of doing things. It’s a very slick, efficient way to conduct the war, without having to have the massive ground invasion mistakes of Iraq and Afghanistan,” the source said. “But at this point, they have become so addicted to this machine, to this way of doing business, that it seems like it’s going to become harder and harder to pull them away from it the longer they’re allowed to continue operating in this way.”
Drone strikes are the most effective way to target leaders and key operatives of terror organizations. The bottom line is the program has succeeded in disrupting groups like al-Qaeda, all without putting boots on the ground.
The program is not perfect. No military program is. But here is the bottom line: It works. I think it fair to say that the targeted killing program has been the most precise and effective application of firepower in the history of armed conflict. It disrupted terrorist plots and reduced the original Qaeda organization along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border to a shell of its former self. And that was well before Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011.