obama drone campaign
Who is targeted, why, how and what civilian protection measures are put in place are unknown to anyone but a tight inner circle of policy makers -- an about-face for a president who pledged a transparent government in his first term. And Congress is following his lead.
Drone strikes are mostly killing low-level Pakistani militants, not al Qaeda leaders. This strategy is unlikely to cause the collapse of al Qaeda or even the Pakistani Taliban and may have counterproductive effects. Obama's second term may therefore require new thinking on drones.
In anticipation of the election, the Obama administration started working to codify drone policies. Why did they wait so long and what might the rules look like? Joining Alyona to discuss are guests Josh Hersh, Hina Shamsi and Gregory S. McNeal.