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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:33 AM

US drone attacks 'counter-productive', former Obama security adviser claims

Source: The Guardian

US drone attacks 'counter-productive', former Obama security adviser claims

Nick Hopkins
The Guardian, Monday 7 January 2013 16.25 GMT

The United States' use of drones is counter-productive, less effective than the White House claims and is "encouraging a new arms race that will empower current and future rivals and lay the foundations for an international system that is increasingly violent", according to a study by one of President Obama's former security advisers.

Michael Boyle, who was on Obama's counter-terrorism group in the run-up to his election in 2008, said the US administration's growing reliance on drone technology was having "adverse strategic effects that have not been properly weighed against the tactical gains associated with killing terrorists".

Civilian casualties were likely to be far higher than had been acknowledged, he said.

In an article for the Chatham House journal International Affairs, Boyle said the conventional wisdom over the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) needed to be challenged.

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Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/07/obama-adviser-criticises-drone-policy

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:17 PM

1. " the conventional wisdom over the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) needed to be challenged. "

Indeed.

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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:36 PM

2. "Counter-productive"

A rather nice way of saying, "These things kill a shitload of innocent people and really piss off just about everybody whose hearts and minds we're supposed to be winning."

Welcome to the club. Us net dwellers have been saying that for quite a few years now.

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