One of the least understood aspects of American security policy is the use of armed drones for killing alleged terrorists overseas. These covert executions have long raised grave questions of morality, legality and secrecy. Yet President Obama is failing to adequately address them despite promises to make the program more transparent and accountable.
In the last year and a half, “there has been virtually no progress and little has changed with regard to the U.S. lethal drone policy,” according to a new report by the Stimson Center, a Washington think tank, that measured progress on recommendations made by a bipartisan panel of military and intelligence experts in June 2014. The new report, by the Stimson staff, gives Mr. Obama shockingly poor grades of Cs, Ds and Fs across a range of critical categories.
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