A bipartisan committee of experts has issued a report on America’s drone wars. The report is remarkable for its condemnation of the inability or refusal so far on the part of the government to take any measures to control or explain the tactic the committee sees as having our nation on a slippery slope to perpetual war. But the most remarkable paragraph in the report was perhaps one that was only partially related to their primary focus:
“There is no indication that a U.S. strategy to destroy Al Qaeda has curbed the rise of Sunni Islamic extremism, deterred the establishment of Shia Islamic extremist groups or advanced long-term U.S. security interests.”
In other words, there is “no indication” that our anti-terrorism war has done a single useful thing. Period. End of discussion. So remind me again why we keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result? Oh, right.
Terrorism. Peace. Oil.