Trump Escalates Killer Drone War and No One Seems to Care

There is no evidence that it's improved anyone’s security in the Horn of Africa or in the U.S.

June 25, 2020 in The American Conservative by Daniel Larison

(…..) Drone strikes have become such a routinized and normalized part of our endless war policy that they barely register here at home. A lack of transparency ensures that they receive even less attention. The strikes and their victims remain invisible, and the wars they are being used to fight go unnoticed and unchecked.

All of this escalating military activity takes place under an umbrella authorization for the use of force that has become a permanent license to kill people on the far side of the world at will. This is happening without any meaningful accountability when innocents are harmed, and it doesn’t appear to be achieving anything in terms of reducing the threat from terrorist groups. It is time that we acknowledged that militarized counter-terrorism does an exceptionally bad job of countering terrorism. The endless war has failed to make anyone more secure, and it has killed far too many innocent bystanders. It is time that the U.S. brought the war to an end.