Strategic Considerations: Living under Drones

The central justification for US drone strikes is that they are necessary to make the US “safer” by disrupting militant activity. Proponents argue that they are an effective, accurate, and precise tool to that end.

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living under dronesThe central justification for US drone strikes is that they are necessary to make the US “safer” by disrupting militant activity. Proponents argue that they are an effective, accurate, and precise tool to that end. However, serious questions have been raised about the accuracy and efficacy of strikes, and the publicly available evidence that they have made the US safer overall is ambiguous at best. Considerable costs also have been documented. The under-accounted-for harm to civilians–injuries, killings, and broad impacts on daily life, education, and mental health–was analyzed in detail and must be factored as a severe cost of the US program.[1] In addition, it is clear that US strikes in Pakistan foster anti-American sentiment and undermine US credibility not only in Pakistan but throughout the region.

There is strong evidence to suggest that US drone strikes have facilitated recruitment to violent non-state armed groups, and motivate attacks against…

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