Thirteen months ago, during a speech at the National Defense
University, President Barack Obama promised greater transparency and new
guidelines for drone use as part of his counterterrorism strategy.
So much for promises.
An authoritative, bipartisan report released last week by
the Stimson Center charged that the U.S. use of drones threatens to destabilize
legal and moral norms worldwide. It also chastised the Obama administration’s
failure to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of drone use and questioned drones’
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