"Far more credible than the president's promises of transparency would be actual accountability. The White House should declassify drone operations once they are completed—as is the case with many military operations—and come clean about who has been killed and why. The White House can immediately commit to full, prompt and impartial investigations of all credible allegations of potentially unlawful killings," writes Naureen Shah for Reuters.
"In either case—in Afghanistan and Pakistan—the Taliban seem to be winning. And in the final analysis, this is surely not simply the fault of Karzai or Nawaz. When Obama preempted all future debate by fixing on December 2014 as the date for NATO's exit he in effect invited the Taliban to sit out the clock. This they are now doing with great aplomb, in grateful expectation that all they wish for will soon be theirs," writes Simon Tisdall in the Guardian.
"A more discriminating drone program would not cost the United States much in terms of security. Few of those killed by drones have been high-level military targets planning terrorist attacks against the United States. Instead, a policy of greater restraint would improve U.S. security in the long term, as countries acquiring drones will be looking to the United States as a precedent for their own policies," writes CFR Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow Sarah Kreps in Foreign Affairs.
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Pakistani government representatives didn't show up for scheduled peace talks with the Taliban on Tuesday. The government delegation said it wasn't clear if their counterparts had the authority to speak for the insurgents (NYT).