Questioning the idea that drone attacks make us safer


From NBC News here:

The New York/New Jersey bombing suspect’s written praise for radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki is another grim reminder that this icon of global jihad continues to inspire terror attacks long after he was killed in a U.S. drone strike.

“If you were to look at people who had committed acts of terrorism or had been arrested and you took a poll, you’d find that the majority of them had some kind of exposure to Awlaki,” said one U.S. counter-terrorism official who has followed his impact closely.

There are many radical Islamic clerics out there on the internet — certainly not a majority as Fox News and others would have you believe, but how many of those clerics were American citizens that were killed by the U.S. government without due process.

This may be one of Obama’s most enduring legacies and one of the most high profile killings of his controversial drone program but certainly not a legacy he has been talking much about.

Check this fact from the same article:

Awlaki was killed by U.S. Hellfire missiles in September 2011 while riding in a car in Yemen. But he lives on through a remarkable library of videos, audio recordings and writings that are easily accessible on the internet.

The Counter Extremism Project has counted 77 extremists with ties to Awlaki — 43 in the U.S. and 34 in Europe.

Did this drone attack make you safer?

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