U.S. pauses drone strikes in Pakistan
December 24th, 2011
12:57 PM ET

U.S. pauses drone strikes in Pakistan

From CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr

There have been no U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan for about six weeks, an Obama administration official told CNN Saturday.

The official declined to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the information.

Although it has not been openly acknowledged, it is well understood that the CIA targets and conducts such strikes inside Pakistan. Over the past several months, drones strikes have been targeting both high-value al Qaeda and Taliban targets, as well as operatives of the Haqqani network that have been striking U.S. forces inside Afghanistan.

Analysts say there could be three reasons for this pause, including political sensitivities in the wake of the November 26 U.S. airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Poor weather and the ongoing need to develop precise information about new targets are also considered factors.

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  2. Paul

    Come on,its only obvious they wont fly the drones because Iran captured one and the whole fleet is vulnerable.

    December 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  3. Edward

    These Drones are controlled by the Jewish run CIA.
    I would suggest that they use one on Obama's black bum. He might like it since the Jews own him.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Reply
    • fred

      you actually seem proud of your stupidity. I'd wish you luck with that but i don't think so.

      December 28, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • jeremy

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      December 29, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Reply
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    December 27, 2011 at 3:48 am | Reply
  8. Edward

    911 was an Israeli terrorist job done by MOSSAD !

    December 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Reply
    • rick

      and you are the result of a botched abortion

      December 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  9. rk from NY

    pak is on a freefall......drones or no drones..the suicide bombings have risen....paki muslims killing one another...so why should US bother with drones...these beggars are killing each other..they will never develop economically or in world rankings...the pakis will disintegrate all on their own....they cannot stay long before killing one another..its in their DNA...

    December 26, 2011 at 11:58 am | Reply
  10. Sayan Majumdar

    United States is certainly weighing options, being in a fix with her long term “undisciplined ally” (worse than an enemy).

    Sayan.

    December 26, 2011 at 9:53 am | Reply
  11. Tony

    May be Paks finally stick it up to the trigger happy yanks and showed them the middle finger. You screw a little more with them and they give Talivan the anti-aircradt missiles which will make your boys sitting ducks for Talibans.

    December 26, 2011 at 12:49 am | Reply
  12. Cassandra Chu

    ... most americans are strongly opposed to these type of attacks. this is not the will of the american people. please end these disgusting, un-American, immoral attacks that are more likely to kill innocent civilians than hit their target.

    December 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Reply
    • Dude

      As an American, I strongly support the use of drones in Pakistan rather than boots on the ground. The drone program has killed numerous high value targets within Al Qaeda and the Taliban, while the number of 'innocent' folks killed has been relatively small. If Pakistan had the balls and political will to patrol their own county (i.e. eliminate AQ / TB sanctuaries), we wouldn't have to use drones or other such force within their borders. Whether the Pakistani people hate us or not for this, I could care less. Pretty simple to me, Pakistan: If you don't want US drones flying over your country and blowing up stuff, eliminate the AQ/TB sanctuaries you've created.

      December 25, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Reply
      • Khan

        Dude, you need to have your record straight. For every drone strike in tribal area, Pakistani civilians have paid the price by the suicide bomber. The number of people died in those attacks are far greater than 911 victims. Get the facts straight.

        December 25, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
      • Khan

        Also, DUDE, Talibans were created by US, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan against USSR, really you do not know the facts, are you 11 years old.

        December 25, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
      • rick

        Khan asks if you are 11 years old. he actually wants to find out if he can play with you after he gets home from school.

        December 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • mickey1313

      the attacks may be un-american, but after we found OBL right out side of there capitol, they have zero room to complain about anything. I wish bush had been in office when we found him, because we would have nuked pakistan, and we need to take all of there resorces away. They are monsters little better then dogs and we can not let any thiestic nations survive.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Reply
      • Khan

        You wish Mickey1313 but it will never happen. Sorry, think before you speak, is that what you came in the world for?

        December 25, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • rick

      and you speak with forked tongue and are an arab/muslim apologist

      December 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  13. bannister

    Barack Hussain Obama: International War Criminal.

    December 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Reply
    • mickey1313

      you f-ing fool, Bush started the war there. Stop spitting out what Faux news says, news flash, every single thing on fox is a flat out lie.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Reply
    • rick

      bannister: stupid

      December 26, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  14. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    US forces should leave Afghanistan and take the drones with them. The drones can be put to better use patrolling the US-Mexico border.

    December 25, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Reply
    • Livefree88

      Do you really want drones flying over the US? I don't. It would be a matter of time before they would use them to watch YOU.

      December 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Reply
      • Dave

        Drones will fly over US regardless, they will ask you, if you are not doing anything wrong, what are you afraid about. There is no privacy, get used to it. You get what you wish for others.

        December 25, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
      • Livefree88

        It is not what I am afraid of them finding what i am doing. I just don't trust human nature not to abuse the power they can wield. This is shown as they search for terrorists world wide and end up killing innocent civilians. What becomes of us if suddenly you are identified as a terrorists simply by the political party you are affiliated with? Joe Biden has already called the Republicans "Terrorists"

        December 25, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
      • sinbad

        Why is it OK to kill Afghani's but not Americans. Missile attacks and mine fields along the US Mexico border could stop the drugs and would not kill many innocent Americans

        December 26, 2011 at 7:24 am |
      • Cuervo Jones

        a five dollar umbrella will fix that for ya. p.s. affix mylar inside to hide your heat signature

        December 28, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  15. rick1948

    They need to find out whoever released this and put him or her into the cell next to the traitor Manning.

    December 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Reply
    • Cassandra Chu

      ... that Manning soldier is actually a hero. he did more than the entire state dept could do. he brought a bit of the "transparency" that clinton and obama only lied about in their campaign speeches.

      December 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Reply
    • mickey1313

      read the constitution you fing POS. Transparency is the law. The US government has zero legal right to hide anything from its citizens, we the people are in charge, the government is only there to clean house. Manning is a hero, but to your 1st commentor, all politicians lie, the dems tell tiny lies, "things will change" ya right. The republicans tell lies so big, that they have to call anyone who doesnt believe trators, because there accounts are so fraudlant that anyone with 1/2 a brain knows they lied "Iraq WMD, Al-quada strikeing the twin towers, ect.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Reply
      • Dave

        True, US government do not hide anything from citizens but there is something we call archives, which comes out after 40 years.

        December 25, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
  16. Isabel

    Many reasons for the pausing of drone attacks:
    How about just human decency as a reason?
    How far have we fallen!

    December 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Reply
    • Livefree88

      We have been reduced to the level of terrorists ourselves. We must stop the killings. We do not have the right determine the destiny of the middle east. These are sovereign nations. It is time to ask ourselves "What is the core reason they hate us?" "What can we do to rise above the hate and help spread peace?" Remember peace? Peace is good. Peace is right. Peaceful actions build peaceful relations and nations.

      December 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Reply
      • mickey1313

        they are not sovergn nations. Free nations elect there people, and are not theocracies. Any nation run by the church has no rights in the international platform. Not until we purge our world of the vile hate spewed from the 3 evil forces "islam, christianity and jewism" will our world be free to heal itself. Only by ending the hate filled filth of the big three can we move on.

        December 25, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
      • Livefree88

        All nations we currently are engaged in were sovereign nations. Freedom of their people has nothing to do with sovereignty.

        The vitriol and hate you spew is the very evil that true tyrants are made of. Hither come to mind.

        December 26, 2011 at 12:46 am |
      • rick

        unfortunately the core reason they hate us is that thy envy us and as the oil begins to run out and they see they will soon lose all their leverage in the world and their ability to spread islam, they resort to the last resort of desperate people, killing of innocents.

        December 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  17. ahmed al-asar

    hopefully iran will detonate a suitcase nuke in israel, wiping the jew filth off the planet.

    December 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Reply
    • big b

      You must remember that if it would happed your country would be wiped of the face of the earth by the most powerful country in the world,my United States of America!! . Be rather hard to practice your false religon,eh??

      December 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • Ahmed Al Aser friend

      Thank you for your comment. You earned to be the highest priority target for the next drone attack.

      December 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Reply
    • Livefree88

      Be careful what you wish for. It they do, Iran will exist as a nuclear wasteland after Israel unleashes a full response.

      December 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Reply
      • sinbad

        And then the world economy would collapse and the US would turn into Mexico.

        December 26, 2011 at 7:34 am |
    • Keith

      I dont think Iran will be that stupid. It'll not happen. Neither Iran will do so nor any one else will do any thing to Iran. Lets not get into non-sense. This is bad rhetoric.

      December 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Reply
    • Cassandra Chu

      ... hopefully NEITHER side resorts to more war or killing, much less nukes. Religion is stupid. Homo Sapiens need to see Homo Sapiens for what they are... a species that invented "religion"– a thing that distorts identity.

      December 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Reply
      • mickey1313

        those pathetic fools who stick to thiestic beliefs, forfit there humanity. True humans, who think and have reason, have no need to bend to the whims of the foolish thiests. I treat all thiests like 9 year old childeren, old enough to know better, thus I dont feel bad when I shoot them down. It is as stupid as when people think that one political party is lyeing and the other is not, it is self evidant that they both lie, just as it is self evidant that man created god not the other way around.

        December 25, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
      • rick

        the first intelligent post by cassandra chu aka cchu!

        December 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • mickey1313

      agreed, and to big b, your arogance and ignorance is amazing.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Reply
      • rick

        "woe is me, woe is me", the arab mantra.

        December 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • rick

      wishful thinking by a deluded arab that forgot already that his people attacked the israelis in 1948 and lost, 1967 and lost and 1973 and lost. now he cries for another loss and this time a total loss but then he expects virgins in paradise. poor deluded arab crying "woe is me, woe is me, we are our own worst enemy"

      December 26, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  18. Gopherit

    The "pause" in US drone attacks inside Pakistan probably will last just as long as it either takes Pakistani tempers over drone killings of its soldiers and civilians cools, until the proper Pakistani authorities have been identified and paid off, or both. There may be a slight chance that Pakistani concerns over US violations of its sovereignty will determine the outcome . . .

    December 25, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • loverspoint

      It does not matter if you are a country that is harboring terrorist or someone giving refuge to gang members or illegal aliens, don't start crying if your children are caught in the crossfire. You associate with criminals then expect the repercussions that come along with it. If Iran even gets close to making nuclear weapons then Israel will destroy those facilities and there will be many innocent civilians that die from the bombing and those that die because of nuclear contamination, Iran you have been warned.

      December 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Reply
      • Keith

        What a stupid non-sense logic. Should not this appky to the US as well. Why is US crying when its being attacked by its own friends: Haqqani, Taliban and Al Qaeeda. All three fed, nourished and armed by USA. Just shup up and stop your crap

        December 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
      • mickey1313

        keith, because it is a cup and balls trick used to make the world believe that america is not behind everything. Most people expecally americans are to stupid to realize that all of the "arab" terror plots of the past decaide are the sole control of the CIA. As a means to spread the power of the US government.

        December 25, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
  19. Dude

    The more plausible reason for the pause here is that the Iranians downed one of our stealth drones over their country. The Iranians claim that they 'spoofed' our drone by jamming its encrypted GPS, feeding it bogus coordinates in a non-encrypted channel, and forcing it to land in autopilot mode. One thing seems certain: Iran now has our top of the line drone in their hands, hence the CIA and US are no doubt still trying to determine exactly how and why this happened. Expect no more drone flights until these questions are answered.

    December 25, 2011 at 11:35 am | Reply
    • joewilson37

      you're so ignorant.
      the drone that iran had was NOT top of the line. it was little more than a toy plane that worked by satellite. the drone did NOT have the same quality paint used for stealth vehicles. the drone did NOT have the specialized geometry characteristic of a stealth aircraft. the onboard optics were NOT the quality as our larger high altitude planes.the majority of the information was NOT physically on the aircraft. the drone did NOT have the weapons systems present on predator dones. how in the world can you consider that "top of the line"?
      america knew that eventually one of these drones would be captured, and hence made sure they didn't have anything fancy on them. it wasn't even a precision strike aircraft. it was a lousy reconnaissance vehicle meant to take some pictures.

      please stay off the internet if you're going to make sensationalist statements like that. people don't need any more false information than there already is.

      December 25, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Reply
      • Tony

        I hope you are right!

        December 25, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
      • Dude

        The drone the Iranians displayed was a recon aircraft, not one intended for payload delivery (e.g. hellfire missiles). It's no secret the US and Israel have been spying on Iran's efforts to build a nuclear weapon – this stealth drone was just one of the methods. Mossad has likely carried out the various assassinations of persons associated with Iran's nuclear program, but the CIA was likely controlling this drone. BTW, Israel has a drone program of its own, as well. Unless Iran comes clean with its nuclear ambitions, it's probably just a matter of time until Isreal – with the implicit consent of the US – will have to resort to bombing the Iranian facilities with bunker busters and/or smaller tactical nuclear weapons. Can't say I blame them, since Iran's avowed national goal is to wipe Israel off the map.

        December 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • loverspoint

      You would have thought that the company that built these drones for the US would have thought of some sort of anti-jamming software. Who builds drones for the US? I want my money back. I like so many others in the civilian population would have thought that drones had some sort of self destruct mechanism built in, so that when they feel the drone acting inappropriately they can turn it into a Kamikaze Drone.

      December 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  20. Kerry

    Regardless of what the US does.....Pakistan will continue to breed terrorists, this is the nature of the beast.

    December 25, 2011 at 11:03 am | Reply
    • Mo

      You can't bomb other countries, and expect them to just take it in. All the US does is go and blow
      up other countries. Pakistan has its iwn problems , US doesnt need to meddle in others business however they should be working together without violence too resolve issues, blaming wont solve problems. And people hurt other people, not religion or a specific sector or region.

      December 25, 2011 at 11:39 am | Reply
      • Sabo

        I agree mo, this war has gone on for too long and tooo many noncombatants have been getting caught up in the crossfires. I also understand that Pakistan itself has helped out a lot and has suffered greatly as well.

        About the drone crash in Iran, i highly doubt that Iran was able to hack into the drones mainframe and make it land, that accusation is suspicious. first they said they shot it down then that they made it land but they would need an airstrip, you dont just take a craft and make it land easily with whatever it may hit in the ground. How it crashed is a mystery

        December 25, 2011 at 11:51 am |
    • sinbad

      That isn't true Kerry, most terrorists have had close family members killed by the US or its agents. If the US stopped killing people and subverting democracy in other nations eventually the terrorism would stop.

      December 26, 2011 at 7:41 am | Reply
      • rick

        arab mantra: "its the fault of the US, the UK, the west, the zionists, the jews, the Hindus; everyone but us. if "they" stopped picking on us, we wouldn't be terrorists". and you say it as if you think its true! You ain't that stupid, is you?

        December 26, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  21. Bill

    There may be some tactical reasons as well as political posturing in this drone pause, but one thing we seem to overlook in our efforts against alQ and Taliban ...it's like trying to eradicate all the Southern Baptists in the world....this for them is a "religious cause" and a mission of faith. We need to face the fact that we'll have this sneaky nasty Islamist stuff around for a l-o-n-g time, with or without drones and boots on the ground.

    December 25, 2011 at 9:19 am | Reply
    • Alvaro Pacheco

      The whole situation is about culture, emotions, and the possibility of brainwashing people into believing that their recipe for life is infallible and consequently other people's way are less deserving. Not too bad when there are natural barriers that prevent people with different life recipes from contacting each other. But when you introduce such communication tools as ships, airplanes, internet and the fluidity of modern commerce you got a brand new game. And nobody wants to lose!

      December 25, 2011 at 10:32 am | Reply
      • Tom Johnson

        Well said!

        December 25, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  22. thespiritguy

    'There have been no drone strikes for almost six weeks. Analysts say there could be three reasons for this pause, including political sensitivities in the wake of the November 26 U.S. airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Poor weather and the ongoing need to develop precise information about new targets are also considered factors.'
    Could it also be because we lost a drone to Iran and are trying to figure out how it happened? I would hope, before we fly anymore drones, we find a way to ensure they're not going to appear on CNN in pristine condition in the hands of hostile countries with nuclear ambitions. Pakistan already has the bomb, we don't need to supply them with a stealth delivery system.

    December 25, 2011 at 8:10 am | Reply
    • Iceaxdave

      You are not informed. Those idi*tic, unkempt, smelly, ill-trained, undisciplined, Pakistani soldiers were taking pot-shots at US servicemen across the border. Why?..b/c they were bored standing around picking their a**es on guard duty...and they were doing it continually despite warnings to stop. One Hellfire missle solved their problem B4 they accidentally killed a US serviceman...I say "accidentally" b/c Pakistanis are notoriously bad shots...they couldn't his their grandmothers' a** with a shovel.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:51 am | Reply
      • ConcernedNetizen

        "You are not informed. Those idi*tic, unkempt, smelly, ill-trained, undisciplined, Pakistani soldiers were taking pot-shots at US servicemen across the border." - sounds like it is YOU who are uninformed. Read the BBC or any other non-American media coverage of the incident. You'll see. For future reference, "idi*tic and smelly" is a pretty mean and ill informed statement in it of itself..

        Your statement is only amusing to yourself. Let's not be hate-mongering on people who we fly drones over their sovereignty. If you don't like to be shot at, dont be there. The world will still spin. "Silent Death from the Sky" to civilians and terrorists alike will not strengthen our anti-terror position. you kill one civilian in a stupid action.. the whole village is pissed at you. Your creating a recruiting Bonanza of Derelict, poverty stricken Youth who have seen to much violence to forget. Is this not what the U.S. did right after 9/11 when it raised its army of Hicks and Poors to fight in the "national guard" overseas? When will we persecute for War Crimes on our past and present president?

        Justifiable War is a tricky proposition, it leaves open the possibility someone may *disprove" your Justification. Which has happened with "CurveBall". Now the new stance for 2003 Iraqi war was "well, Saddamn was bad.. so it was OK even though we went in under the different premise".

        Typical politicians azz covering. If one excuse don't fly... change your story. Don't worry, perjury and lying are only things little guys are held accountable for..

        December 25, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • adam

      jfyi... pakistan already has and builds its own unmanned air drones.

      December 25, 2011 at 10:38 am | Reply
    • Keith

      FYI - Pakistan not only has the bombs but one of the most advanced delivery systems. THey have miniaturized the nukes as well. They also have missiles which can deliver the gifts upton 4500 miles. Lol..that covers the whole Middle east, most of Asia and all of Europe. NATO is trying Pakistan's patience. This is height of stupidity to say the least. I hope white arroangce stops and ends. It cannot contnue for ever. A bankrupt US and Europe cannot and will not be able to call the shots for too long.

      December 25, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Reply
      • mickey1313

        Youa re foolish, if they had that tech, then they would beat up on India, thy couldnt even harm the big I though.

        December 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
      • Dave

        Mickey1313 is really 11 years old. She is talking about bombing India. Why is it that Pakistan do now sign on no first strike because they will attack India if Pakistan is ever attacked and the reason for their nuclear.

        December 25, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
      • rick

        europe and the US are just shaking in their boots.

        December 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  23. TruthKnower

    Those of you who complain about the U.S. being in Afghanistan are most likely the same individuals that would have been wanting someone's head on a platter if the president hadn't sent troops in after Al-Qaeda after it was proven that they were behind the 9-11 attacks. Many of you are not happy unless you are blaming the government for some vast conspiracy. As for those that believe that the U.S. went after the Taliban, we only went after the Taliban because they harbored Al-Qaeda and would not kick them out or turn them over.

    I along with almost everyone that worked in that part of the world at the time realize that the war in Iraq was senseless. Sadam was under control with Operations Northern and Southern Watch. The U.S. going into Iraq when not needed is the reason that insurgents have more sucess than they should after 10 years of being in Afghanistan. If we had continued with Operations Northern and Southern Watch (at a fraction of the cost of invading Iraq), we would have kept Sadam in check and had the manpower and funding to prosecute the "war" in Afghanistan the way that military leaders wanted. Unfortunately this is what happens when politicians try and run a war instead of giving the military a mission and letting them do it.

    As for those who try and deny that the Pakistani government knew about Osama being there or that they knowingly allow terrorist organizations to operate within their borders, you are living in a dream land. Wake up. The few arrests and assaults that the Pakistani military have made on terrorist organizations have been for show so that the U.S. will continue to provide them with funding.

    December 25, 2011 at 5:57 am | Reply
    • jimmer

      Bin laden is gone.............as well as we should be. Try as you may, there is no further reason for the U.S. to be there.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:16 am | Reply
      • ConcernedNetizen

        Yes, you'll have to give birth to a new "Bin Laden"... lemme see if i can pre-write this script. Another Wealthy Corrupt Family in a "third world" (as if US is first world anymore..) country gets their house "droned" by accident, leaving all buy the wealthy muslim son remaining alive... he is mad ( rightfully so ) that "silent death from above" obliterated his family – by a country who swear Democracy and Freedom – without even a warrant, extradition, or trial... A tad hippo-critical, eh? So he uses he family money ( he has no family now, nor house ) to work against the interests of the evil hypocritical empire... Wouldn't you?

        These people who run the American wars are making a mint. And they are charging it all up on our collective Credit Card. Anyone who makes less than 5million/year is a moron for stating how this "protecting our interests".

        And I further propose anyone who makes over 5million/year wouldn't spend the minute it takes to blog on this board. They would PAY someone to blog their point of view for them.. Remember that. And this goes to those who blog for pay. Your being played as chumps. Bet they even told you "your one of us" too... ::chuckle:: they always say that.

        December 25, 2011 at 10:43 am |
      • Keith

        Bin Laden probably went away five six years ago. Obama staged a feel good drama for Americans...it was a great joke. Oh yeah, it helped Chinese to look at our best kept stealth technology....nature works wonder. We always end up losing a lot while trying to harm others...oh well.

        December 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  24. BU

    ALL religion is a DISEASE of the mind! Be part of the solution, not the problem!!!

    December 25, 2011 at 2:53 am | Reply
    • askn

      Y u r bringing in religion in this! Religion has nothing to do with that!

      December 25, 2011 at 4:03 am | Reply
      • mickey1313

        horse droppings. If these nations were not muslem, we would not be there. It is thiest on thiest. Let all thiests hang in the wind.

        December 25, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  25. Livefree88

    We must stop these undeclared wars. The drones make bombing too easily palatable as Americans are not at risk. But who cares if for every bad guy they kill, there are many more innocents killed as collateral damage. What we do in Pakistan is exactly what we complain abut Hezbollah as doing to Israel. This is why we are considered terrorists by the middle east.

    December 25, 2011 at 2:43 am | Reply
    • BU

      The WAR IS declared, that is what you are missing!!!

      December 25, 2011 at 2:51 am | Reply
      • Livefree88

        Please use due diligence. none of the wars we are currently engaged in are formally declared by congress as the constitution is written. The are only funded as extended military actions of engagement. Any president who feels the need to put American service in the line of fire should go to the Vietnam war memorial and drop to his knees and do some serious soul searching. The human toll is much too high on all sides to continue the path of escalating intervention, intimidation and murder we are currently on in these conflicts. Yes there are bad people every where but we are being reduced to there level by the terror WE reign over their heads.

        December 25, 2011 at 3:17 am |
      • askn

        Well said Livefree88!

        December 25, 2011 at 4:00 am |
      • adam

        dear bu... i believe hezbollah has also "declared" war against israel.. so how then is their position any different then urs... you declare.. its righteous.. they declare .. its terrorism..? gl justifying that position.. ull need it

        December 25, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • rick

      the terrorists training in the arab countries don't consider the US and the UK and the West as terrorists, only as infidels polluting their sands

      December 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  26. Jeff

    DRONES ARE STUPID. RON PAUL 2012.

    December 25, 2011 at 1:42 am | Reply
    • mickey1313

      Ron Paul is an insane fascest.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  27. S. Suchindranath Aiyer

    Is this because there are Chinks in US-Pak ties?

    December 25, 2011 at 12:46 am | Reply
  28. Will

    The ISI sponsors and provides safe haven to the Haqqani Network and the Taliban. If you woulod like some names of ISO officers direcly involved, let me know.

    December 25, 2011 at 12:37 am | Reply
    • askn

      Wow! Now ISI and Haqqani is to blame, but before Al Qaeda, Lashker-e-Taiba, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan were being blamed for terrorism! Don't u think there is something wrong! I am not anti American, I love Americans and U.S.! Merry Christmas and Happy holidays!

      December 25, 2011 at 12:43 am | Reply
      • adam

        well.. politicians being politicians.. have to put a spin on it to try lead the common folks into another direction... they need in on iran.. lets go to afghanistan.. they needed in on oil lets go to iraq.. who cares how they spin it to try justify the actions.. thats just like cake icing.. part of the decoration so it can be made presentable and mask the real cake.. for all u know.. it cud be burnt under the icing

        December 25, 2011 at 10:45 am |
      • Dave

        I do not think there is anything wrong. We know why target them, because they are muslims. Rwanda and Brundi saw the massacre of over half million people but we do not go there and save them because they are not humans.

        December 25, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
    • Keith

      Let me get this straight. US created Haqqani network. US invites them to White House and US President introduces them to the world (Ronald Reagen videop on U-tube is proof enough). Then why ISI is blamed to support America's friends called haqqani. Is ISI supposed to look after their own interests or take dictation from the US? Does CIA takes ditation from ISI? Use some brains for a little while...please

      December 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  29. Will

    askn: you are a paid ISI propagandist, the NSA owns you. Now we need to nuke the Paki duplicitous, terrorist harboring filth-its just a matter of time anyways before you piss off the US and we nuke you

    December 25, 2011 at 12:30 am | Reply
    • askn

      You just shows u r so stupid and you cannot talk like a intelligent person!

      December 25, 2011 at 12:41 am | Reply
    • askn

      Intelligent men talk about the topic not off the topic!

      December 25, 2011 at 12:44 am | Reply
    • askn

      Money cannot buy me, no ISI! I speak nothing but truth!

      December 25, 2011 at 12:47 am | Reply
      • Dave

        Thats okay askn, let them stay under the impression that they can buy everything with money but for how long......

        December 25, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
    • Keith

      So when the world employs your logic on you, why you get scared? US should bomb the whole world once for all. So US has no enemies, no adversaries, no more headaches, no trade deficit, no climate change talk ..nothing. Americans will live in peace, prosperity for ever and ever. Yeah, I think that's the best solution. Then Americans can start killing themselves after that...after all killing and bombing is the past time hobby for peace loving Americans, yeah?

      Get a life you moron...

      December 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  30. askn

    Those of you who think that drones r helpful copy and paste this link in ur browser:

    December 24, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  31. askn

    I will never understand this war! never ever! U.S. government 1st blame Afghanistan for 9/11, 2nd Iraq, 3rd Iran, and finally Pakistani ISI and Military! Don't anybody think something is confusing here? U.S. was 1st fighting Al Qaeda, 2nd Taliban, 3rd Lasker-e-Taiba and finally the new group called Haqqani Network! When it's all gonna end?

    December 24, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Reply
    • Rooakh

      It's not meant to end! This "war on terror" is a last ditch effort to halt the shift of world power from US – European – Russian dominance to China – Japan – India.

      December 24, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Reply
      • Rogue351

        No ! this war is about money. Contacts with large corporations and Money !! Nothing More.

        December 25, 2011 at 12:06 am |
      • blah9999

        Um...Japan cant be a world power. They're not allowed to have an army.

        December 25, 2011 at 12:06 am |
      • Keith

        US and Europe are bankrupt. THey will not be able to contunue. They are on their last legs. India wil be bankrupt once no more backoffice work from US and Europe. It'll be a Chinese century aided by Pakistan. Haa haa..China and Pakistan will have the last laugh. They are already getting ready to celebrate and bury US and Europe in the graveyard of Empires...called Afghanistan.

        December 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
      • mickey1313

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA that is funny, china and india takeing over the world. You are foolish and wrong. While you are right about the fale war called the terror war, it was for the western governments to take the power away from there own people. The world will never see a rise of the china indian powers, because there own nations will never be sustainable.

        December 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
    • Will

      Let me help you out: 9/11 and 2,970 Americans killed in Terrorist attacks by terrorists harbored by Pakistan, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia

      December 25, 2011 at 12:23 am | Reply
      • askn

        Will! Then Osama is being killed now, so this war should be ended! But no! U.S. government few days ago accuse Iran for hiding another Terrorist and funding Al Qaeda! It seems that U.S. wants to continue war with other countries!

        December 25, 2011 at 12:36 am |
      • jimmer

        Will...let me help you out......united states poking its nose where it doesn't belong......overthrowing democratic governments for decades.......never learning from its mistakes......

        December 25, 2011 at 7:21 am |
      • Jesus

        Pretty Smart. You seem to know all the fine details so well, why couldn't you solve it. As much as the world tries to balance the power, the more it will go to the east. Time is actually telling. Learn some from history. Japan and Germany, or lets say the United States of Europe will have a Army.

        December 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
      • mickey1313

        And paied trained, suplied by the US of A.

        December 25, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
    • Sam

      Originally, it was a catastrophic blunder, as President Bush used any excuse available to go win his daddy's war to fulfill his own inner psychological needs. It has since morphed into something much more; equal parts – the ramifications of military technology inevitably sweeping the globe on various scales, and regional political upheavals/destabilization, ironically caused in part by the blunder. Go figure...

      December 25, 2011 at 1:39 am | Reply
  32. spongebob

    Islam is the religion of Satan!

    December 24, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Reply
    • Agnostic

      All religions and god loving people breathe life into the devil.

      December 24, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Reply
    • askn

      No! Islam is the religion of peace! Merry Christmas and have nice holidays!

      December 24, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Reply
    • askn

      I don't know why u bring religion in all of this. Troll!

      December 24, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Reply
    • Mansoor Remtullah

      Islam is a religion of peace. Had it not been for a chapter in the Koran regards the miraculous birth of Jesus, the Jews would still be saying that Jesus was a son of a prostitute. So have some gratitude for that!

      December 25, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Reply
      • mickey1313

        Every single muslem christian and jew need to go to dust and stop stealong the resorces of the world, if you love god, go to him and leave the smart people to live in the real world.

        December 25, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
    • Dave

      Spongebob read the Quran if you think Islam is religion of satans. But you will never read it because you are scared, feared of it.

      December 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  33. huey johnston

    Access to the drones has been hacked. They gotta fix that 1st.

    December 24, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Reply
    • Mark

      Yes, the Iranians hacked into and brought down a drone flying over Iran. The drone program is being suspended.

      December 24, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Reply
      • Jesus

        The Drone has been shifted to China. Soon we can have get one from Walt-Mart for $$$.

        December 25, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  34. vinny

    you will see an end to the drones when you see an end to Al Qaida and the Haqqani Netwrok. The Taliban is not capable of launching an attack on the U.S and they probably dont even want to. But we will not for one second let AQ rebuild. Blame your Pakistani government for being unwilling to root them out. With their army, who by the way is equipped with U.S and Chinese weapons, they should have no problem doing so. They choose not to so that their Intelligence Services can use these groups to launch attacks on India. We are not going to chance another 9/11. Therefore we will clean them out for you, whether you like it or not. Blame your government they could have done this themselves easily.

    December 24, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Reply
    • John Doe

      Agreed, they are harboring these criminals at the expense of the safety of their own people and their standing with the international community.. US army will do what they are too incompitent or unwilling to do themselves.

      December 24, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Reply
    • askn

      I will never understand this war! never ever! U.S. government 1st blame Afghanistan for 9/11, 2nd Iraq, 3rd Iran, and finally Pakistani ISI and Military! Don't u think something is confusing here? U.S. was 1st fighting Al Qaeda, 2nd Taliban, 3rd Lasker-e-Taiba and finally the new group called Haqqani Network! When it's all gonna end?

      December 24, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Reply
      • Tom

        That’s not surprising donkey. Based on your other comments you probably struggle to understand Dr. Seuss.

        December 25, 2011 at 2:20 am |
      • askn

        Tom! Talk like a man! Don't talk like a 8 years old kid!

        December 25, 2011 at 2:48 am |
      • retrospect

        askn...... I will explain to you once, because maybe you really don't understand....
        We didn't blame Afganistan.... Al Qaeda admitted involvement and the Taliban govt. in Afganistan refused to turn them over to us for trial.
        We invaded to take custody of Al Qaeda.
        Now think of Al Qaeda as a snake and Pakistan as a mongoose. The snake hid under the 'rock' of Afganistan. We turned over the rock and the snake fled to a nearby bush. We sent the mongoose into the bush to 'help' us with the snake. In the meantime, we discovered other snakes under nearby rocks, as well. Now, we are at the bush. We feel something biting at our leg. It is the mongoose, our supposed ally!
        Does this help you, or do you not really want any help to understand?

        December 25, 2011 at 7:34 am |
    • Jesus

      I some what agree with you.

      December 25, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  35. Cullenpest

    oblamer will apologize to the TAliban next year.

    December 24, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Reply
    • Prettygal

      We need to continue the drone strikes. Pakistan is the center of terrorism the world over.There are many terror groups which find haven there, including: AlQueda, Taliban, Lakshar, Haqqani, etc.

      December 24, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Reply
      • patrick

        i dissagree pakistan and iran are the center of terrorism!

        December 24, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
      • Charles Widmore

        prettygirl – your ignorance is screaming "I'm a smelly Indian. Please do our bidding!". F0CK YOU and anyone on these blogs who wants the US to get into another war that it can't afford. Better yet, maybe we can get the skinnies in India to fight this time around rather than allowing another one of your inept indians into the US on work visa. What say you?

        December 24, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
      • askn

        Pakistan is a escape goat for U.S.!

        December 24, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
      • SkinnyDude

        Charles Widmore,

        Your stupidity reflects that of the US administration who do not see the terrorist sponsors of the world and we think that these buttheads are indeed ou friends. We must stop this wild fantasy and start culling these monsters by carpet bombing the Taliban and Al Queda camps.

        December 24, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
      • Tom

        "escape goat"??? I bet you're a goat... for Billy Bob.

        December 25, 2011 at 2:27 am |
      • askn

        Hey Tom! 8 yr old kid ur mommy is calling you!

        December 25, 2011 at 2:50 am |
      • Ray

        Do you guys feel the hate in this blog alone? People suck, and have too much hate in their hearts. We will be the deaths of our own kind. It's unfortunate but true... Have a Merry Christmas, or a happy holiday for the anti-chrismas people! I hate you all

        December 25, 2011 at 4:11 am |
      • jimmer

        If you feel that strongly, i suggest you wipe off you makeup and put a uniform on and go over and fight.

        December 25, 2011 at 7:27 am |
      • Ed

        I hate you Ray.

        December 25, 2011 at 10:11 am |
  36. Sudhir Kumar

    Now Taliban is doing NATO work in Pakistan.

    December 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      Sudhir you should not be happy about it. If Talibans are doing the NATO work in Pakistan, guess who is the next door neighbor now. They will be in INDIA soon too. Then I will wait for your comment, stay happy in peaceful stinky india.

      December 25, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  37. Sudhir Kumar

    Latest addition to NATO ground forces Taliban has take over the operations.

    December 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  38. Santa Claus

    Paused for Christmas.

    December 24, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  39. Honest Abe

    I'm still amazed that my fellow Americans have no clue why terrorism happens to this day. We've been meddling with the middle east for decades and all of the "terrorists" have only been demanding for us to leave the region and leave them alone. One man's terrorist is another man's hero...Remember that we were "terrorists" to the British during the Revolutionary War.

    December 24, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • Cullenpest

      Traitor.

      December 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Reply
      • Chris

        Cullenpest, what would you do if Iraq invaded us 10 years ago because we were not following what the U.N. wanted? Sit at home and take it? Until you can see things from your "enemy's" perspective, you'll be ignorant.

        December 24, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
      • clearfog

        I know what I wouldn't do. Strap bombs on dummies and send them to kill randomly. Analogy is the weakest form of argument. It is not just like them invading the US.

        December 24, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
      • jimmer

        and you are an idiot or a troll.....your call.....

        December 25, 2011 at 7:29 am |
    • askn

      Agree with you Abe!

      December 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Reply
    • hi

      You m0ron, the acts of terrorism is mostly localized in their region. If they were really angry at the United States government, why blow up their fellow citizens?

      December 24, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Reply
      • Dave

        They do not blow up their own citizen. They just blow up because their mothers and fathers are killed and they have no choice. Its called anger against government for supporting US. Well, you will never understand this unless you loose your loved ones. But wait we do know to what extent we can go after 911, all the way to different countries blaming them for 911.

        December 25, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
    • patrick

      we werent terrorists we were revolutionaries defending the home that we built! and we werent killing brittish in england, were killing british that were shooting at us with muskets!

      December 24, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Reply
      • patrick

        just so happens that our "rifles" where better than thier smooth boar muskets, and our inginuity and our resolve was better than theirs!

        December 24, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
    • clearfog

      All countries "meddle" in others' affairs. It's called vital national interests. I like to heat my home and drive my car. Do you? It is not true that all they want is for the US to leave them alone. Most of the terrorists have a religio-economic agenda that often involves genocide, seizure of property, and harboring enemies. The US could get out, hide, and hope that the Taliban or Al Qaeda do not get their hands on nukes. BTW, much of US "meddling" involves food, goods, technology, training, security, etc.

      December 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Reply
    • retrospect

      Yes.... every country is sovereign and, unless they threaten other countries, should be left alone. We do often meddle into the affairs of other countries. We feel that we should control everybody. It is not our 'right' or even our business to interfere....

      December 25, 2011 at 7:45 am | Reply
  40. Saber

    Wow! The posts here are about as juvenile as they all come! History folks, history. These people do not understand history, and don't care to read or learn anything about it. The same is said for many of the posts here too. These issues are biblical in nature, and will never be solved by a civilized means to a hopeful end. It will be solved by the complete and total distruction of one culture or the other. Being the one side doesn't have brains enough to read their history, and learn a lesson from it; I will just end this post by quoting. December 7, 1941: Admiral Yamamoto- "I fear all we have acheived is to wake a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." August 1945, he was proven correct with the dropping and detonation of TWO atomic bombs. Note to terrorists: The US will have no issues about doing it again when we finally have a Congress and President that has any guts! When we do, you had better pay attention to history.

    December 24, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • cj

      Don't be so juvenile...or such a drama queen

      December 24, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Reply
    • Jesus

      There are 302 delivery methods, you apparently seemed to be smart. You need to learn too. Nuke is not an answer, more than 7 countries have it, including Iran.

      December 25, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  41. mike

    Next drone strikes in porkistan should be with nukes ....clear out the riffraff

    December 24, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Reply
    • askn

      Nuke u 1st! They also got Nuke!

      December 24, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Reply
      • JustSayin

        And what do they have for delivery mechanism? A dildo?

        December 24, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
      • clearfog

        A container on a container ship might do.

        December 24, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
      • Dave

        Don't under estimate dildo either.... LOL

        December 25, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
  42. Yakobi

    Malik Aslam–
    If all ISAF forces (they're not just U.S., you know) were pulled out of Afghanistan today, how long do you think it would be before the Taliban reconquered the country? The only reason we're still there is to help Afghanistan defend itself. If your government doesn't want us there anymore, in only need to ask us to leave, just like Iraq did. (BTW, did you notice it was merely a matter of days after we left Iraq that the terrorism there started anew, and now there's talk of civil war in Iraq?)

    December 24, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • LoveAmerica

      Iraq would not be in the mess as it is today if we did not waste 4 trillion dollars on a misadventure. Saddam was an evil man, but he enforced peace in the region.

      December 24, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Reply
      • Yakobi

        Oh, yeah. By invading Iran, Kuwait, and threatening Saudi Arabia. Oh, and let's not forget building a nuclear reactor in the 80s. Real peaceful guy.

        December 24, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
      • Foghole Bottom

        Partially correct. Saddam was evil and did keep the area stable. But the only reason why he kept the area stable was the United States and allies had him corked up nice and tight. Unchained Saddam invaded and terrorized his neighbors.

        Also correct in that the United States should have never invaded. Saddam was a bad man; but he was their bad man. It should have been left to the Iraqi people to storm the Bastille.

        December 24, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  43. Vijay Ramitupmybutt

    Pakis always cause problems.

    December 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Reply
    • askn

      I guess U.S. foreign policies causing problems and I do know that u r Indian from ur name so I can only expect bigotry against Pakistanis from U!

      December 24, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Reply
      • Disoza

        Pakistani's are pathalogical liars.. and they dont even know that they are lying

        December 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
      • askn

        Desoza! You don't make sense!

        December 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • Yakobi

      When was the last time India sponsored a terror cell to bomb and shoot up hotels in a major Pakistan city?

      December 24, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Reply
      • Amit

        in ur dreams !!!

        December 24, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
      • askn

        Nor did Pakistan ever sponsor any terror attack on India or any country!

        December 24, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
    • Sudhir Kumar

      At least they don't fake experience and qualification on resume to come to America and get jobs.

      December 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Reply
      • askn

        I saw many Asians doing that including Indians, Chinese, Thai and Indonesians and Pakistanis, Bengali. So it's not fair to only blame on 1 group!

        December 24, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
    • Dave

      You are next door indian, why dont you fix the problems with PAK then. Are you scared??????????

      December 25, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  44. Bobby

    If we lose any young soldiers due to this lull Mr Pres.you will be held accountable by the people – fact !w

    December 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  45. Wovoka

    Good strategy.

    Once the Pakistanis, ...I mean the Taliban, are lulled into complacency we should resume strikes.

    December 24, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Reply
    • askn

      Pakistani? Pakistanis have been hating Talibans for a long time! F*** Talibans! So, don't bring Taliban and Pakistanis together!

      December 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Reply
      • Yakobi

        Sure. That's why they allow the terrorists to operate freely within their borders and allow them to cross the border into Afghanistan. You're lies are pathetic and no one believes you.

        December 24, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
      • Sudhir Kumar

        ISI and Taliban have bacchabazi parties together.

        December 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
      • askn

        Stop blaming Pakistan now for supporting Terrorism! I don't know why U.S. government is playing games they 1st blame Afghanistan then blame Iraq, then they blame Iran and finally on Pakistan! Al Qaeda and Taliban were indeed created by CIA in 1980s to fight the soviets! Do ur homework 1st!

        December 24, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
  46. askn

    People r not smart enough to understand killing human beings is a act of being inhuman! The drones r not working in that region, it is only causing more hatred against Americans and creating more enemies for U.S.! CIA don't even bother to go and see who's being killed by their drone strike!

    December 24, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Reply
    • Yakobi

      The only people targeted and killed by the drone strikes are your friends–muslim terrorists and their supporters.

      December 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Reply
      • askn

        Oh! 1st: Terrorists r not my friends and never be anybody's friends! Few days ago I did saw that a young girl being killed by a drone (go back and check). Also, Drones r only creating hatred and CIA don't even bother to go and check whose being killed! But I do accept that because of Drone there r less civilian casualties!

        December 24, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
      • vinny

        Its either we send in drones, or we send in ground troops. One of the two. We are not going to let Al Qaeda rebuild and launch more attacks on U.S and European soil. Pakistan has proven completely useless and incompetent. With their army, they should have no trouble eliminating them as well as the cavemen that make up the Haqqani network and the Taliban. They choose not to, as both prove to be a useful resource for them to use to attack India without having it start a war they would lose. Therefore, were cleaning them out one way or another. Its unfortunate that civilians get killed during war. The drones are better at cutting down on that than tanks and ground troops would

        December 24, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
    • JW

      You are living proof that pakistani are pathelogical liars. Everything you said is a lie as usual. Why don't you try and graduate from 1st grade again. The fifth time may be the charm.

      December 24, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Reply
      • askn

        I am in 4yr college right now and thanks for ur advice! I am talking about the facts that most of the civilians r dying because of Drone Attacks!

        December 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
      • askn

        It's not gonna win you the argument by calling other liars! I am even talking about the issue and u r just being a Troll!

        December 24, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  47. askn

    BoredSecurityGaurd! What would U.S. government do if they suspect bunch of people in lower Manhattan planning terrorist activity! Will the CIA send the drone? Definitely not, because it cause civilian casualties!

    December 24, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Reply
    • Yakobi

      That's because Manhattan actually has a police force, unlike the lawless areas of Pakistan where the army fears to tread.

      December 24, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  48. askn

    Just leave Afghanistan and there will be no more violence in that region!

    December 24, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Reply
    • Malik Aslam

      So Afghanistan is creating the violence? Look at Pakistan. WHo created Taliban? ISI. Who supported Taliban? ISI. Do not blame Afghans in this when it is the Pakistanis who keep supporting terrorism. Afghans were used.

      December 24, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Reply
      • askn

        I know Taliban & Al Qaeda were created by U.S. to get rid of Soviet Occupation in Afghanistan! I personally think it was a good act by U.S. because of that Afghans get rid of Soviet but then Taliban took over the country and yes, they r brutal! But Afghans r also to blame because they let Talibans rule them!

        December 24, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
      • malik khan

        malik aslam, you are a moron. a true afghan idiot. cant you see the pakis despise their own government and are dying to elect Imran Khans party in for true change. U moron. Your pathetic type is not our brother you are a hate mongering piece of poo. The rest of the Afghans that dont share the same view for the government of Pakistan and the people equally, are also our brothers. You are a caveman. haha. grow up and read history u idiot. the people are not the ISI. the same way the afghan people were not the tliban. grow up child and learn a thing or two from ure neighboring daddys.

        December 24, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
      • Yakobi

        askn, you lie. The Taliban didn't even EXIST in the 1980s during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan!

        December 24, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
      • askn

        Yakobi! Taliban were the same people who fought with Soviets lead by Osama and supported by ISI and CIA!

        December 24, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
    • Yakobi

      Just eliminate the muslim terrorists in Pakistan and the problem wouldn't exist; there would be no reason for us to be there.

      December 24, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Reply
      • askn

        U don't understand what's going on in that region so just youtube "Imran Khan" and u will better understand what's going on in that region!

        December 24, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • LoveAmerica

      You want us to leave without eliminating the force that are breeding terrorism in your country? You want us to let the people to caused the 9/11 massacre go scott-free, without punishment? We will never let that happen. Pak military and ISI will have to pay for their support of terrorist cells. We will make sure of that before we depart from your land.

      December 24, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Reply
      • askn

        I won't ever understand the U.S. government! 1st they Blame Afghanistan, 2nd blame goes to Iraq, 3rd Iran and final they r blaming Pakitani ISI! Don't u think it's too much!

        December 24, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
      • askn

        I guess the mastermind of 9/11 had been killed! Osama! Then What U.S. is doing over there now!

        December 24, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
      • Emperor

        Their going after the other masterminds... A mastermind isn't always just one guy but a group of people. I understand you don't want to see eyes with Americans but you need to open your eyes a little bit.

        December 25, 2011 at 2:42 am |
  49. Malik Aslam

    For all you who look badly at Islam, you know nothing about my religion. Do not take a few Pakistani terrorists as the example for Islam. We are actually a great and peaceful religion.

    December 24, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Reply
    • 112321

      You are all manipulating bigots.

      December 24, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Reply
    • Malik Aslam

      112- do not mistake us for the Pakistanis. Afghans are not like that. Also, get out of our lands. You claim we are manipulating while you are manipulating us for something the Pakistanis are responsible for, the Taliban.

      December 24, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Reply
      • askn

        There is not evidence that Pakistanis created Taliban! Pakistanis have always been hating Talibans because Talibans r brutal!

        December 24, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
      • Yakobi

        askn is a liar. He knows very well the Taliban were created by Pakistan in the madrasas.

        December 24, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
      • askn

        Fact: CIA created Al-Qaeda and Talibans! calling liar to me doesn't win u the argument!

        December 24, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
      • Yakobi

        FACT: you are lying. The Taliban were created by Pakistan in the madrasas. Even the Taliban admit this. Why can't you? Oh, I know why–because like a good terrorist supporter, you blame the CIA for everything and can't admit that Pakistan is full of terrorists and their supporters.

        December 24, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
      • LoveAmerica

        You want us to leave without eliminating the forces that are breeding terrorism in your country? You want us to let the people who caused the 9/11 massacre go scott-free, without punishment? We will never let that happen. Pak military and ISI will have to pay for their support of terrorist cells. We will make sure of that before we depart from your land.

        December 24, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
      • askn

        Yakobi: It's a fact that Taliban and Osama was created by CIA to fight against Soviets, go and Google it! You will find out the whole history! Calling other liars doesn't win u the argument!

        December 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
    • retrospect

      @ Malik Aslam....... You said...'We are actually a great and peaceful religion'. Tell that to the woman in jail for being raped!!!

      December 25, 2011 at 8:02 am | Reply
  50. lou50

    or to adjust software and harden the vehicles so as not to land anymore. Plus find the clown that leaked the information that allowed them to take the last one. other possibility is to arm them with self destruct systems so the next one will require them to change their pants when they put their hands on it!

    December 24, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Reply
    • 112321

      Something is fishy about the whole thing. I cannot believe they dont have self destruct systems in them already.

      December 24, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  51. Malik Aslam

    America, get out of Afghanistan! Pakistan, stop supporting terrorists! We are not your playground anymore.

    December 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Reply
    • PakistanKaAllahHafiz

      Then tell your government to quit shipping Taliban militant over the border. Both our governments are at fault but we as citizens of Afghanistan and Pakistan should help eradicate this common enemy.

      December 24, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Reply
      • Aeromechanic

        Yeah, you SHOULD. Your government doesn't want to and probably isn't capable, so we have to.

        Deal with it!

        December 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
      • Malik Aslam

        Who created the Taliban? Pakistani ISI! Who embedded the Taliban into our lands? Pakistani ISI. I'm Pahtun but I see Pakistan as very much an enemy.

        December 24, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • Malik Aslam

      Pakistan- Also, you consider we as brothers when you killed Ahmad Shah Massoud? He wanted to fix Afghanistan but you wanted to use us to fend off the Indians and embed the Taliban on us. So why did your dictator coward support the Taliban then?

      December 24, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Reply
      • LoveAmerica

        You want us to leave without eliminating the forces that are breeding terrorism in your country? You want us to let the people who caused the 9/11 massacre go scott free, without punishment? We will never let that happen. Pak military and ISI will have to pay for their support of terrorist cells. We will make sure of that before we depart from your land.

        December 24, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  52. Matt

    thank you for putting an end to this terrible policy/tactic.
    There are much better ways

    December 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Reply
    • Aeromechanic

      Such as?

      December 24, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Reply
    • scranton

      Really? Do share with us.

      December 24, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Reply
    • Yakobi

      Yes, the better way would be for India to nuke the godforasaken place and be done with muslim terrorism.

      December 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Reply
      • askn

        You sounds like true Hitler!

        December 24, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
  53. PakistanKaAllahHafiz

    Finally. Now take your money too. and LEAVE. No drones, no money no involvement. Just leave and take care of your own country first instead of playing world "cop".

    December 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Reply
    • Malik Aslam

      Pakistan, stop supporting terrorists in Afghan territory you cowards.

      December 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Reply
      • askn

        Pakistan has never been supporting terrorism in Afghanistan. There's no evidence so far!

        December 24, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
      • Malik Aslam

        Look at history of Taliban. They brought the Taliban into Afghan lands.

        December 24, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
      • Malik Aslam

        Also, Pakistanis helped Americans in their quest to destroy Afghanistan while you were the ones actually holding Bin Laden. Only reason Americans were here was because of Laden and we found him hiding comfortably in Pakistan. Pakistani government had to be behind it and your country is full of lies.

        December 24, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
      • askn

        Malik! Me? I am not Pakistani, but everybody knows that after the invasion of Afghanistan Osama left the country through Tora Bora (fact: watch Discovery documentary) into Pakistan and CIA was close enough to Osama but their Commander stop the CIA operatives to stop Bin Laden according to Discovery Documentary!

        December 24, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
      • Yakobi

        I think it's pretty obvious by now askn only believes what he want to.

        December 24, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
      • askn

        Yakobi! R u calling Discovery Documentary a lie?

        December 24, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • Terry

      We are not leaving. The military is equipping the drones with a "Radar Cone Rug" so the drones will blend into the Pakistani Mainstream.

      December 24, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Reply
      • 112321

        lol

        December 24, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
    • PakistanKaAllahHafiz

      hahaa MalikAslam you are equal culprits in supporting terrorism. And don't attack citizens of either country, it is our governments that are the true criminals. Afghanis and Pakistanis are brothers and should treat each other as such.

      December 24, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Reply
      • Malik Aslam

        We are not your brothers. Look at the damage you inflicted on Afghan soil from the Taliban. Look at how much damage the Americans have inflicted and how you supported the Americans. That is to say all the while, you were supporting the Taliban. We are far from brothers.

        December 24, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
      • askn

        Malik Aslam! Why don't the people of Afghanistan fight against Taliban and their violent regime instead of blaming Pakistan for their problems!

        December 24, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
      • Malik Aslam

        Askn- YOur government consistently supported them. They even had made them. Wat do you want us to do when you keep on supporting?

        December 24, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
      • askn

        Malik Aslam! 1st Pakistani Government is not my govt. because I am not Pakistani, also there is no advantage for Pakistani government to support Talibans! Talibans are killing many Pakistanis everyday!

        December 24, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
    • scranton

      Pakistan needs to give up it's nukes and focus on your 49% illiteracy rate. Pakistan cannot support itself so it must suck at the teat of other nations.

      December 24, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Reply
      • askn

        It has been supporting itself since 1947 and 1st Pakistanis needs to get rid of the wide spread corruption in their country so they can prosper!

        December 24, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • FactChecker

      Sure, there is a difference between the Pakistan government, the ISI, and the public. And there has been a terrible price paid by the puplic. But no one can say that U.S. drones are responsible for more than a tiny fraction of those thousands of innocent killed. What killed them are the religious fanatics that Pakistan supported who are now all hiding in Pakistan. And, on another issue, the Pakistan public is not so innocent either. They are proud of a man who gave nuclear technology to North Korea and Iran. That raises the stakes. Now we are talking about the potential of millions of fatalities.

      December 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Reply
    • LoveAmerica

      You want us to leave without eliminating the forces that are breeding terrorism in your country? You want us to let the people who caused the 9/11 massacre go scott-free, without punishment? We will not let that happen. Pak military and ISI will have to pay for their support of terrorist cells. We will make sure of that before we depart from your land.

      December 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Reply
    • askn

      Yakobi! R u calling Discovery Documentary a lie? Not made by any Muslim!

      December 24, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  54. Malik Aslam

    Pakistan, the laughing stock of the world. You cowards don't know how to be proper Muslims if it bit you in the ar se.

    December 24, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Reply
    • Aeromechanic

      What is a proper Muslim?

      The ones making the news sure aren't proper. If they were able to go about their business without forcing their will on others would that make them proper?

      December 24, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Reply
      • Malik Aslam

        Do not look down on all Muslims just because of some Pakistani terrorists. Islam is a great religion in actuality and we are actually quite accepting of Christianity and Buddhism/Hinduism. Don't take their example of Islam as actuality.

        December 24, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
      • askn

        Malik Aslam! You are just filled with bigotry that's why u have speaking like that, even though there's no evidence so far that Pakistan is supporting Terrorism, May or may not be true. But think about y U.S. forces is not securing the Afghan border instead of blaming Pakistan all the times!

        December 24, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
    • Dave

      I agree they really do not know how to be proper muslims

      December 25, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  55. Lucifer

    Does that mean XBOX live will be busy tonight?

    December 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  56. Pacman

    I am concerned about Pakistan, it may become unstable.

    December 24, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Reply
    • Aeromechanic

      Heh, heh, heh.

      December 24, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  57. JDOGG81

    THe comments on CNN are so ignorant! People... it doesnt matter what race is killed it is all wrong! There was a good chance that when you were born you could have been arab, or white, or black, or poor. If you think about us as a whole we arent really different. We all love, hate, feel sad, or happy we all breath , bleed and die. We are all human. Suffering is Suffering, Death is Death no matter who it is.

    December 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Reply
    • Aeromechanic

      There is ZERO chance that I could have been Arab. Or black for that matter. My parents are both white.

      December 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Reply
      • Childplease

        And you're a racist d-bag!!!

        December 24, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
      • askn

        You r not smart enough to understand what he meant to say! He meant to say that we are all human beings before we r divided into different races!

        December 24, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
      • 112321

        askn, you are the real idiot here. Too dumb to get a joke.

        December 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
    • thenumbers

      JDOG, are you implying my mom likes to sleep around? Both of my parents are white...and the chances of anyone alive being any other race other than what they already are is zero. You can't change the past, hero.

      December 24, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  58. KRM1007

    PAKISTAN.....The New Gateway to Central Asia and Europe.
    With a population of over 180 million most of whom are well educated, English speaking, entrepreneurial and a cultural and social fit with Central Asians...Pakistan will now become the new face and gateway to Central Asia and Europe. Pakistan will thus span this region and provide the impetus for growth, prosperity and unity among these countries. These are new and exciting times for Pakistanis who should now look forward to their new leadership role aligned with Central Asia and Europe rather than the Subcontinent. We wish them much success as they have sacrificed the most during the past 30 + years creating a new world order.

    December 24, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Reply
    • TellTheTruth

      Pakistan just joined the Axis of Evil. They have been operating in that mode for a while. Such treachery. No doubt that country will disintegrate into anarchy ruled by gangs of murdering terrorists. The government is corrupt. The military is even more corrupt. But then the ISI is there Satan lives. All the while the country is infected with extremist islam and they love to kill each other. What a waste of a country.

      December 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Reply
    • Malik Aslam

      I'm Muslim and I'm proud, but Pakistan is a disgrace to my religion.

      December 24, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Reply
    • LoveAmerica

      We will make sure that Pak military and ISI pay for their support of terrorist cells. We will make sure of that before we depart from your land.

      December 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Reply
      • askn

        I see why U.S. govt. is shaking hands with Pakistani Military and ISI!

        December 24, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
      • adam

        pakistans support of terrorist cells? educate yourself idiot.. it was america that trained and armed those "terrorists" to fight ussr.. lmfao.. retard

        December 25, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  59. JDOGG81

    I think the govt saw the story of the little pakistanian girl after the drone attack. It was a front page story on CNN.com a few days ago.

    December 24, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Reply
    • Curt

      I saw that story too. The sad part about emotional stories in a situation like this one is that they are in abundance. Your likely to find the same stories with other drone strikes or terror attacks committed by the groups the CIA is targeting.

      December 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Reply
    • PakistanKaAllahHafiz

      very sad no? This happens to our young ones daily whether as a result of drones, terrorism, disease or natural disaster ur people are suffering...

      December 24, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Reply
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    December 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Reply
    • Yakobi

      Die, jerk. Die.

      December 24, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  61. joe

    hey khan, a moron like you doesnt realize these people are gonna kill each other whether you like it or not. so pick a side! are you for the people or the terrorist?

    December 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Reply
    • Charles Widmore

      hey joe – my f0cking pizza is late again. you f'in ginnie.

      December 24, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  62. rk from NY

    but suicide bombings have increased..so end effect is same..hahahahha..and paki muslims cant go long without killing each other ..so no worries..hahahahha

    December 24, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Reply
    • Khan

      ... and a moron like you is so happy about it. You should realise that there is nothing to be excited about. Killing of human beings is a sad thing. At least learn the basics of humanity or keep your ugly mouth shut so that you don't polute others with what goes on in your sick mind.

      December 24, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Reply
      • BoredSecurityGaurd

        You realize that the CIA doesn't target people right? They target TERRORISTS, you know, THE PEOPLE THAT WANT TO KILL AMERICANS. So, as far as I am concerned, you might as weel be a terrorist along with them you scumbag. I can't believe you actually want to defend the "rights" of someone who would be more than happy to see you and you whole family dead. You are an !diot.....

        December 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
      • askn

        BoredSecurityGaurd! U r not smart enough to understand what Khan is saying, he is saying killing human beings are act of being inhuman! The drones r not working in that region, it is only causing more hatred against Americans and creating more enemies for U.S.! CIA don't even bother to go and see who's being killed by their drone strike!

        December 24, 2011 at 6:16 pm |

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