Drones in Pakistan

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

President Obama has continued the Bush Administrations deployment of pilotless drone air strikes against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda operatives within Pakistan. Time magazine has a report on the operations titled "The CIA’s Silent War in Pakistan" that appears in this week's issue. We’ll be joined by the reports author Mark Thompson and by one of the magazine’s senior editors Bobby Ghosh.


Bobby Ghosh and Mark Thompson

Comments [12]

Peter Joseph from New York City

Leonard: You just said that the new bankruptcy law "punishes" people. I'm an attorney starting to represent people and am having trouble attracting clients so far, anyway. The new law doesn't "punish" people, it just makes filing much more difficult. I think that's a relevant difference.

May. 26 2009 01:26 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Comment #7. The Germans of World II Justified their wars and crimes as just consequences of War. History will one day judge America’s imperial wars harshly. Though in our time many Americans live with pseudo patriotic delusions.

May. 26 2009 12:50 PM
Naseem Jamali from Hastings on Hudson

The biggest problem with drone strategy is human intelligence. In the best of times human intelligence is unreliable in tribal areas. With American involvement, paid intelligence is either self-serving or targeted to one's enemies. Rarely would be offered to help USA

May. 26 2009 12:34 PM
Rick Pettit

Isn't this a cowardly way to attack your opponent? And couldn't this fact add to the resentment the Pakistani's feel toward the US?

May. 26 2009 12:32 PM
Hugh from Brookyn

"Many of them, according to the Pentagon, . . ."

"If you're married to a Taleban, you're as likely to die as the Taleban himself . . ."

On #1: After years of Pentagon lies, abettors of American war crimes at Time are still swallowing their stories hook, line and sinker.

On #2: Last time I checked, be married to a criminal doesn't make one a criminal. If the Pentagon is taking the approach indicated in #2, war crimes *are* being committed.

And yet again, it must be noted that here are American 'journalists' (note scare quotes), are dismissing or devaluing the statements of civilians who are actually there and raising up the claims of the Pentagon and others who certainly are *not* there.

May. 26 2009 12:30 PM
dumbocrats from NYC


Where do you think the victims of the Taliban goes for justice? Pakistan? UN?

Perhaps you haven't heard, mistakes are made in wars, and innocents will die. There's nothing anyone or any government can do to change that, and especially, not your moral position.

I can appreciate your criticism of US policy, but it's just absolutely idiotic to suggests that American are out to kill just anybody for absolutely no reason.

Stop drinking the cool-aid please.

May. 26 2009 12:28 PM
craig from east village

Great segment as always Leonard. BUT, can we all please stop using the term "bad guys"? Are we all 8 year olds? I can't believe that trained journalists continue using this phrase. This holdover from the Bush admin. shows the juvenile and overly simplified view of the world they had.

May. 26 2009 12:24 PM
Yourgo from astoria

Can you please discuss if there are any international treaties that ban the use of drones for the killing of human beings? or if there should be.

May. 26 2009 12:21 PM
Ian Hughes from NYC

Leonard, please ask your guests: is it true that the US has used depleted uranium bombs in the Middle East conflicts, and if so, can drones be used to deliver them?

May. 26 2009 12:17 PM
Hugh from Brookyn

The key point ignored by American politicians and media is this: An American pilot or infantryman is a combatant. Civilians are not. Simple fact.

The US, as a combatant and indeed a belligerent, is obligated under international law to *protect* civilians, not just 'do its best to avoid killing them'.

May. 26 2009 12:09 PM
Arthur Aptowitz from Forest Hills-Key Food-Queens Blvd and 108th Street

Now that we can fight wars from hundreds or thousands of miles away and our "pilots" can go home for dinner with their families, where do the victims of the mistakes go for revenge or justice?

May. 26 2009 11:35 AM
George from Bay Ridge

Can you talk about raids led by American ground troops in Pakistan in the past year?

In several raids last September, special forces operators landed in Pakistan, engaged the Taliban in Waziristan, captured several, killed a few and left.

May. 26 2009 12:31 AM

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