Pakistan’s ambassador to the
U.S. has spoken out against American drone strikes in Pakistan,
pointing out that they are illegal, create more militants than they
kill, and violate national sovereignty. From
Ambassador Sherry Rehman called the targeted killings a “direct
violation of our sovereignty” and international law as well as a
red line that Pakistani authorities are constantly urging the U.S.
not to cross. While saying that her country has done all it can to
eradicate terrorists and their havens, she said more strikes by the
U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s remotely piloted planes may
hamper security cooperation.
“We need to drain this swamp,” Rehman said yesterday, referring
to pockets of violent extremism in her country. Still, U.S. strikes
stir deep resentment and radicalize some, Rehman told journalists
hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
It should come as no surprise that Pakistanis have an
unfavorable view of the U.S. A June 2012 poll from the
Pew Research Global Attitudes Project highlighted the worrying
trend in Pakistan of increased animosity towards the U.S.
Additional research from The Pew Research Global Attitudes Project
shows that American drones strikes in Pakistan have become
increasingly unpopular, falling from an already low 23 percent in
2010 to 17 percent in 2012.John Brennan, Obama’s nominee for CIA director, will be giving
testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee tomorrow. If the
Senators on the committee do their jobs effectively they will make
sure to press Brennan on how effective he thinks the CIA’s drone
strike program is and what justification he thinks there is for the
program. Brennan’s nomination is
not a sure thing, and he would do well to clarify his thoughts
on the use of drones. All that the program seems to be
accomplishing currently is the strengthening of anti-Americanism in
an unstable part of the world. Watch Reason TV’s video on drones program below:
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