Friday, December 17, 2010
U.S. Covert War in Pakistan
AP Reports that "Two American missile attacks killed 15 people Friday in a region in northwest Pakistan." They go on to say "U.S. officials do not acknowledge firing the missiles, much less comment on who they are targeting." Even Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for their attacks. Why is U.S. foreign policy to take lethal actions, on the soil of another sovereign nation, and "not acknowledge" it? Quoting Council on Foreign Relations, "Although targeting terror suspects with UAVs in official combat areas is deemed legal, the use of the technology outside a declared zone of combat--i.e., Iraq and Afghanistan--has brought international criticism. Complicating the picture in Pakistan is that the UAV-targeting program is believed to be operated by the CIA; a number of disclosures by senior U.S. officials have all-but confirmed the operations. The distinction between military applications and covert CIA use of drones has become a point of contention, as are issues pertaining to collateral damage and legal justification." According to The New York Times, "In September, drone attacks in Pakistan drastically increased as part of the C.I.A.'s covert war in the region. The agency has launched at least 20 attacks, the most ever during a single month, and more than twice the number in a typical month." So, what do you think, my fellow Americans? Is U.S. foreign policy a response to terrorism, or the cause?