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Old 04-22-2011, 02:44 AM
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Default No Drone Zone

In light of the rapid escalation of the (mostly NATO) war on Libya, here's a good piece by David Ignatius in today's WAPO on why Obama's killer drones (Kaddafi must go!) are a very bad idea. Ignatius does not hestitate to call drones "an addictive tool of US national security strategy."

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Armed with Hellfire missiles, the Predator drone is a tool for assassination from 10,000 feet. It has been used by the CIA, with a paper-thin veneer of deniability, to attack al-Qaeda operatives and related targets in the tribal areas of Pakistan, where other weapons do not reach.

... Obama “has approved the use of armed Predators” over Libya... the first mission was launched Thursday but aborted because of bad weather.

They [Pentagon] did not state what targets the Predator had been assigned to strike. But surely it’s likely that the goal was to kill Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi or other members of his inner circle.

My quick reaction, as a journalist who has chronicled the growing use of drones, is that this extension to the Libyan theater is a mistake. It brings a weapon that has become for many Muslims a symbol of the arrogance of U.S. power into a theater next door to the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, the most promising events in a generation. It projects American power in the most negative possible way.
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