Intelligence Squared U.S. Is The U.S. Drone Progran Fatally Flawed?
Drones have been the centerpiece of counter-terrorism efforts since the start of Obama’s presidency. Their use has weakened al Qaeda and the Taliban, but civilian deaths have radicalized the public. Do drones hurt, or help, in our fight against terrorism?
Remotely piloted aircraft, or drones, have been the centerpiece of America's counterterrorism toolkit since the start of the Obama presidency, and the benefits have been clear. Their use has significantly weakened al Qaeda and the Taliban while keeping American troops out of harm's way. But critics of drone strikes argue that the short-term gains do not outweigh the long-term consequences-among them, radicalization of a public outraged over civilian deaths. Is our drone program hurting, or helping, in the fight against terrorism?
For the motion
Ahmed Rashid Pakistan-based Journalist & Author
John Kael Weston Fmr. State Dept. Political Adviser to Marine Units, Iraq & Afghanistan
Against The Motion
Admiral Dennis Blair (USN, Ret.) Former Director of National Intelligence
General Norton Schwartz (USAF, Ret.) Former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force