Originally Posted by AustinChief
Haven't had time to read this yet, but I can see how the premise could be valid. The only part I might take issue with is the idea that it "creates" more terrorists. That is a pretty big leap to take without some serious justification. I can definitely see how one could think or feel that to be true... but it still relies on a shit ton of assumptions. Again, I'll revisit this after I have read it more fully.
Just off the cuff, it sounds like it sucks, but what ya gonna do? I'm ALL ABOUT blaming Obama for shit, but this seems like a damned if you do, damned and vulnerable if you don't.
Frankly, any strategy that is mindlessly and exclusively built around shooting bad guys isn't going to win this type of war. It really is about "hearts and minds". The Russians learned that in Afghanistan, and we learned it in Vietnam.
That said, everything I've read about the drones indicates that they are a devastatingly effective component of the "shoot the bad guys" part of the strategy. NOTE that I said it can't be EXCLUSIVELY built around shooting bad guys. That is a PART of the methods we must employ, however.