Interview: U.S. Drone Warfare To Last 15-18 Years
October 25, 2012
US drone warfare to last ’15 years’
The U.S. drone war in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and other nations could last for “14-15 years,” according to an American investigative journalist and manager of Stop NATO.
“In 2001, when the U.S. began its so-called war on terror, the United States only had 200 drones; the Pentagon that is. The U.S. now currently has, the Pentagon and the CIA have an estimated 8,000 drones eleven years later. That’s a 40-fold increase in the amount of them”, Rick Rozoff said in a phone interview with the U.S. Desk on Thursday.
According to CBS News, in 2008, after Barack Obama won the presidency in the U.S., the drone strikes escalated and soon began occurring almost weekly, later nearly daily, and so became a permanent feature of life for those living in the tribal borderlands of northern Pakistan.
In the latest U.S. drone attack in Pakistan, at least five people were killed on Wednesday in Mir Ali area of the North Waziristan agency.
In their final debate on Monday, both U.S. President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney emphasized the need to continue drone strikes inside Pakistan.