CIA drone war in Pakistan in sharp decline
March 27th, 2012
03:00 PM ET

CIA drone war in Pakistan in sharp decline

Editor's note: Peter Bergen, CNN's national security analyst, is a director at the New America Foundation. His book "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden; From 9/11 to Abbottabad" will be published on May 1. Jennifer Rowland is a program associate at the New America Foundation, a Washington-based think tank which seeks innovative solutions across the ideological spectrum.

By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst, and Jennifer Rowland, Special to CNN

The past year has seen the number of CIA drone strikes in Pakistan plummet. In the first three months of 2012, there were 11, compared with 21 in the first three months of 2011 and a record 28 in the first quarter of 2010.

On Monday, Pakistan's parliament started to debate whether the United States should be made to stop CIA drone strikes altogether in the Pakistani border regions with Afghanistan and also whether the U.S. should apologize for NATO airstrikes that killed some two dozen Pakistani soldiers late last year.

Given the high level of hostility to the United States in Pakistan, the results of the parliamentary debate are pretty much a foregone conclusion. The parliament will almost certainly vote against the allowing the continuation of the drone strikes and will also demand an American apology for the deaths of its soldiers.

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  1. j. von hettlingen

    The drone campaign has eased off in the past several months is because the CIA has begun to run out of real targets. Is the CIA still after Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Abu Yahya al-Libi? Well, if Pakistan has its way, the U.S. would need to apply for a warrant!

    March 27, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      I'd feel far better if these cursed strikes were stopped altogether, j.von hettlingen. In fact, those butchers who operate them are war criminals who need to be indicted and brought to justice as soon as possible and dealt with appropriately!!! Enough of this butchery!!!

      March 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  2. krm1007

    One cannot drone away the passions and beliefs of people whether ill founded or not. Human life has value and their are ways of solving problems without massacring millions. Leaders and experts who cannot solve problems such as Palestinian and Kashmir should resign and step aside. Give others a chance on a short leash. In my opinion, both these problems can be solved within a week. It has now been over 60 years!!!! Enough is enough.

    March 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
    • Not Anti Semite

      The worst atrocities are being committed by Pakistan against the freedom fighters of Balochistan. The US/NATO are using the drones to protect the human rights of Balochistanis, Enough is enough - We can not allow Pakistan to continue butchering Balochistani people just like the Syrian regime. Drones are completely justified to prevent the genocide of Balochistani people by Pakistan.

      March 28, 2012 at 2:04 am | Reply
      • George Patton

        If what you're saying about the Baluchis and their being proteted by U.S. drones against the Pakistanis above, then why on God's green earth is the right-wing news media not telling us about it? Yes, the Baluchis do, just like the Kurds in both Iraq and Turkey have a right to have their own country!!!

        March 28, 2012 at 9:54 am |
      • krm1007

        If one follows your logic, then India should be imploded into independent nation states for Sikhs, South Indians, Bengalese just like what happened to communist Soviet Union....which India was a disciple and ally of. But you two are missing the point of humanitarian and problem solving resolve rather than geo political.
        BTW the winged media does not cover the stories you would like o for the same reason it does not cover the massacre of muslims in Kashmir by the predominantly hindu Indian army, suppression of muslims all over India, brutalizing Bangladeshi civilians on the eastern border, diverting waters from the rivers bordering Bangladesh into India, discontentment of minorities such as Sikhs in India, separation movement by the Maoists and on and on and on.

        March 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
  3. pmcdonald

    Why is the US unable to have constructive relations with its allies? Why do its allies despise it so?

    March 28, 2012 at 2:55 am | Reply
    • Lionel Mandrake

      Could you explain what allies the US is "unable to have constructive relations with ?"
      And, which allies "despise" the US?
      When pulling statements out of your as s, it makes you sound pretty ignorant, anti-American, an-semitic and basically a muslim fanatic.
      I await your intelligent comeback.

      March 28, 2012 at 6:32 am | Reply
      • Lionel Mandrake

        Well , you do not seem to have anything intelligent to say.
        Too bad, I was hoping you were something more than some islamic pig trying to sow dissent and dissing on Americans.

        March 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • George Patton

      Judging by our own foreign policies pmcdonald, that's not at all hard to understand!!!

      March 28, 2012 at 9:56 am | Reply
  4. Matt

    Pakistan is not an ally and never has been it is a double game with both making concessions to achieve objectives. The DOD refuse to apologize over the deaths, you can't blame them a lot of US troops are killed because of ISI assistance in Afghanistan. The ISI killed CIA at Khost because they have things to hide like Bin Laden.

    Because Obama talked as he did in 2008, the Administration increase the level of targeted killings so if he cut them back we would still be at the required level, but he increased them again and we ended up with a smaller drone version of Rolling Thunder.

    The drone attacks stop there will be an attack out of the FATA and it will not be drone strikes it will be stealth bombers, 500lb bombs and lots of them.

    They either accept some extra cash from the supply of logistics once it ends for the military, some limited concessions on the targeted killings or be humiliated with a bomb campaign after a terror attack.

    March 28, 2012 at 7:43 am | Reply
    • krm1007

      Pakistan does not want to be an ally that makes all the sacrifices. Also, 1 in 5 Nato troops are killed by Afghan Army and police personnel who are trained by NATO and then brainwashed in india. That says a lot, doesn't it? Regarding transit/logistics through Pakistan....there is no need for that....NATO/USA should sell all the equipment to Pakistan for $1 for the hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis who sacrificed their lives and spent trillions of dollars fighting for world peace. Let us see how good NATO/US are as allies . And, by the way, the Indians should now get out of the trenches where they have been hiding scared from talibans and start to contribute also.

      March 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  5. Hahahahaha

    Better step it up a bit! Hahahahahaha

    March 28, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply

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