The New Drone Warfare

Friday, June 08, 2012

A Pakistani protester holds a burning US flag during a protest on February 9, 2012 against the US drone attacks in the Pakistani tribal region. (AFP/Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

Scott Shane, reporter for the New York Times, discusses his recent series of pieces on the use of drone warfare by the United States—and how some of that reporting has been misconstrued.

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DTorres from Nathan Strauss Projects

Too many innocent people keep getting
killed and injured in these Drone Attacks.
We are creating enemies for nothing.

Who decides and on what basis
do they make that decision, who is a
terrorist threat and who is not?

We were a nation of greats like Eisenhower, FDR, JFK.

Now we are a nation that tortures people, kills them and their families,
attacks countries for no good reason, like we did in Iraq.

Something is really wrong in all this.

Jun. 08 2012 01:42 PM

Hey, everybody, don't forget to vote in November for Obamney.

Jun. 08 2012 01:24 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Drone attacks would not be necessary if the Islamic Republic of Pakistan would eliminate the al qada safe havens that exist within its borders.

Jun. 08 2012 01:02 PM
Ed from northern new jersey

Scott Shane is attempting to justify leaked stories from the the White House by comparing them to the Wiki leaks stories. While both stories had the possibility of compromising U.S. intelligence operations. The leaks that have taken place the last few days may compromise operations that are ongoing. Especially the leaks about cyber ware fare and specific details and sources of drone attacks. These leaks put at risk our allies and our capabilities. The revelation that David Axelrod ( a political consultant) has been in anyway involved in any of these classified security meetings should be a scandal of its own. It certainly would be under a Republican President. If the President wants to have his own "kill list" it just brings back memories of LBJ picking targets in Vietnam.

Jun. 08 2012 11:14 AM
john from office

BO is the body odor??

Jun. 08 2012 10:30 AM

BO has REFUSED to go after the criminals that have DESTROYED the WORLD economy.


Jun. 08 2012 10:28 AM

BO has killed more innocents with unmanned drones than GW Bush.

Jun. 08 2012 10:24 AM
John A.

The Obama campaign is still 1 or 2 great speeches short of successfully defending Drone strikes, and it's not seeming like the Pres recognizes this. I'm hoping he is in fact planning such speeches (Call them of Nobel quality, BTW). At any rate, He'll be easy meat in the debates if he doesn't pre-empt in this matter.

Jun. 08 2012 10:23 AM

BO has used the Espionage Act to prosecute more whistleblowers than ALL previous presidents COMBINED!

And has prosecuted FEWER financial criminals than Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton!!


Jun. 08 2012 10:22 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

The one place where the Obama Admin has cloned cynicism of the GOP.

Obama criticized the Bush Admin for torture and Guantanamo bay.

How does he avoid the doing the same? He simply kills "enemy combatants," - American citizens included, via drones. No trial, to accountability. Brilliant.

Jun. 08 2012 10:17 AM

@sophia, amen

Jun. 08 2012 10:16 AM
Dorothy from Manhattan

Interesting how the right wing sets the agenda these days with the help of WNYC et al. It sounds like Brian's auditioning for FoxNews. Good luck, Brian.

Jun. 08 2012 10:16 AM

@John, wrong is wrong...we have nly 1 political party its the Democraticrepublican...they do exactly the same things and pretend there is discusion. I will not give you a break.

Jun. 08 2012 10:14 AM

SELECTIVE disclosure and the persecution of whistle-blowers is NOT open govt, it's hoarding and dispensing information for political advantage.

Jun. 08 2012 10:14 AM
John A. from Does it matter?

Still much more concerned with the legality of this form of warfare than its propaganda.

Jun. 08 2012 10:12 AM
john from office

If it were a Republican in the White House we would have Drone Attack tee shirts being sold. Give me a break!

Jun. 08 2012 10:12 AM

@John, we kill women children civilians...we are breeding terrorists....counter productive. Obama is actually worse than Bush on these issues (and many more).

Jun. 08 2012 10:09 AM
Lisa from Forest Hills

Are only journalists that favor republican incumbents permitted to report on stories that aid the campaign? It's about time.

Jun. 08 2012 10:08 AM

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell wants the police to start using unmanned drones on civilians. Does the guest think this will be likely to happen?

Jun. 08 2012 10:06 AM
john from office

I support these drone strikes, but do wonder what will happen when other powers begin doing the same.

Jun. 08 2012 10:04 AM

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