Join Date: May 2008
Location: Cambridge, MA
Which is it? - "Drones Kill al Qaeda" or "Drones Make al Qaeda" - Cast Your Vote!
--Legal/Moral: Can the U.S. legally use drones to engage al Qaeda members (American or non-American)?
--Efficacy: Do drones eliminate more al Qaeda members than they create?
Today, I’ll focus on the latter question and save the legal/moral/ethical debate for later.
So are drones effective? Osama Bin Laden noted in his internal documents the devastating impact of drones on al Qaeda in Pakistan. However, Gregory Johnsen, Jeremy Scahill and other Yemen journalists/analysts see drones not as the great killer of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) but instead the primary radicalizing force for new recruits to AQAP. So which is it? Do drones eliminate al Qaeda or do they create al Qaeda? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Please cast your votes on the efficacy of drones and the results should show up after you cast your ballot. Note, this question is only about the efficacy of drones – save your moral/legal arguments for later. And no hedging! Is it worth continuing drone operations or not? Don’t qualify with “Sometimes” or “Depends on the conditions”. Assume that regardless of the context, the drone program will be conducted in roughly the same way with the same results.
Here is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5JGSVMC
And here is the link to the post at Selected Wisdom: http://selectedwisdom.com/?p=977
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