- That the locals are trying to distance themselves from the militants because they don't want their houses bombed. Obviously, civilian casualties are wrong in themselves and could alienate them further, but the realization that these outsiders (which many of them are) are bringing harm with them is not a bad thing.
- The drones have created a good deal of suspicion so that new Arabs from outside are not welcomed immediately due to fears that they are US agents. Whether they are or not, this means that recruitment and replacement are far less assured and even present significant vulnerabilities.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Drone Warfare Intensifies
The use of drones in Pakistan presents a lot of serious tradeoffs, so take this article with a large grain of salt. There are two pieces of information here that are pretty suggestive: