Why Drones Fail

When Tactics Drive Strategy

Author: Audrey Kurth Cronin
July/August 2013
Foreign Affairs


The war-weary United States, for which the phrase "boots on the ground" has become politically toxic, prefers to eliminate its terrorist foes from the skies. The tool of choice: unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones. In Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen -- often far away from any battlefield where American troops are engaged -- Washington has responded to budding threats with targeted killings.

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