Kulantan wrote:Malice wrote:Our choices boil down to doing nothing (which is extremely problematic for obvious reasons) or some kind of military intervention
This really isn't obvious to me. Doing something isn't always going to keep folk safer than "doing nothing", that is why the advice is not to go into a burning building. Also I love how much detail you go into with military options with no investigation of the many different ways we could "do nothing".
The long-term problem is extremism, and the best way to fix that is nation-building. But the short-term problem is terrorism, and terrorism is not a problem that can safely be ignored. If you have a better option for dealing with the short-term problem, I'd be happy to hear it.
Malice wrote:Drone strikes are not a good option, but they are the least bad option at the moment. The long-term solution is for countries like Pakistan to have stable, cooperative governments
"We will drone you till you cooperate" isn't really a way to win a war of hearts and minds. Plus I find it telling that the goal isn't a peaceful and happy Pakistan, it is a cooperative Pakistan.
I covered "happy and peaceful" under stable. Regardless, I don't need Pakistan to like America; I need them to be fucking civilized enough to police their own extremists/terrorists/mountains so we don't have to do it for them, because doing it for them sucks for everybody. A country can dislike and resent us without harboring mass murderers--terrorists grow in situations of unrest, inequality, and autocracy, social attributes that are independent of allied status. Hell, we've been good friends with Saudi Arabia for a long time, but that didn't stop the 9/11 hijackers from being Saudi.
Finally, from "the US's perspective" why the balls do we have such counter productive bullshit like the insistence that all males of military age are combatants if they happen to get blown up, even if they get blown up in a double tap strike when trying to aid some other presumed combatant? Why the double tap strikes when they are a classic terror tactic and morally shittier than a septic tank?
I don't condone those things. (Do you have a cite for the double taps, though? The original article has, like 4th-hand information, with the article citing the report citing "evidence".) They're not integral to the policy of drone strikes against otherwise unreachable enemies, though.