Peter Bergen on Obama's drone warrior
January 7th, 2013
01:41 PM ET

Peter Bergen on Obama's drone warrior

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

President Barack Obama has nominated his top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, to be the next director of the CIA.

If there is an emerging Obama doctrine to deal with the threat from al Qaeda and its allies, it is clearly a rejection of the use of conventional military forces and a growing reliance instead on the use of drones and U.S. Special Operations Forces - and Brennan has been central to Obama's policy.

One of Brennan's most significant legacies in the four years he has been the president's principal adviser on terrorism is the American drone campaign against al Qaeda and its allies in countries such as Pakistan and Yemen - one that has shifted focus significantly in the past year or so.

The steadily increasing rate of drone strikes in Yemen over the past two years shows that the CIA's drone war - rather than declining - is shifting from one part of the world to another.

Brennan has been the key architect of this policy. The Arabic-speaking Brennan, who was once CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia, in a sense became the "case officer" for the Yemen "account," traveling to Yemen seven times since al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula sent the so-called underwear bomber to try and bring down Northwest Flight 235 over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009.

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  5. Jeff Salzburg

    Let us be very clear. The root cause of terrorism in the region, including Afghanistan, is INDIA. With such "Dark Age" culture still in existence in India how can the world be healthy and the neighbors prosperous. India poses a grave danger to the world and its deities and leaders set a bad example. Just this morning, we have seen deep coverage by CNN of prevalent "terrorism" in its worst form emanating out of India in the form of ghastly and violent gang r-apes. Lets us review some of the statistics/surveys coming out the media. Per CNN.....

    . There is a r-ape in India every 22miutes or about 24,000 per year.

    . 20% of women or 140 million of women have been gang r-aped in India

    . 60% of men or 420 million men in India think that domestic violence against women and wife beating is acceptable.

    . Only 10% of r-apes in India are reported.

    . Only 0.002% reported cases are convicted

    There is a deep rooted decadence of cultural malaise in India that is providing a source of inspiration for all terrorists in the region. Gang R-apes have become Indian's national sport and past time. Indian culture requires a "Cultural Droning"

    January 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  6. ochidi ihemeje

    Attack is best form of defence. Obama is nobel laureat for peace,mind you.he ha follow his principle of life into governance to the letter.he has not done what he did not put into writing previously.word should be mans bond.

    January 7, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Reply

    dont pick a fight US, unless you know your going to win, and taking lives to win a fight doesn't make the winner, lead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  8. Carlson

    This cursed Peter Bergen also needs to be indicted and taken to the I.C.C. in the Hague to be prosecuted and dealt with appropriately! Unfortunately, that will never happen as the right-wing thugs in Washington own the international tribunal so justice will not be done any time soon! How unpleasant it is to know that we have a government being run by war criminals!!!

    January 7, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Reply
    • Portland tony

      Well posted, Carlson. I couldn't have said it better. All of those thugs in Washington need to thrown in prison never to see the light of day again. These creeps are living proof of just how fair life is not!!!

      January 7, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Reply
      • Portland tony

        On second thought I disagree. Long live the right wing, saviors of the universe!

        January 8, 2013 at 12:21 am |
  9. saeed

    how many times do i need to repate this russia needs to nuke ireland dublin cork and ghana kumasi and accra then drop a nuke on basque country of spain cut down the filth.

    January 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Reply
    • Hahahahahahahaha

      You will need to repate (purposely spelled wrong), until you learn to spell and use proper punctuation. Hahahahahahah

      January 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  10. ShankarH

    pak is the world's cesspit
    even arabs throw them nothing but spit
    US drone is pak's national bird
    pak is a failure that is now called the planet's turd..

    January 7, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  11. Observer

    Drones; a cowards greatest weapon.

    January 7, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Reply
    • Hahahahahahahaha

      Hiding behind women and children. A Towel Head's greatest weapon. Hahahahahahahaha

      January 7, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Reply
      • Observer

        Still far closer than cowering in a bunker 3000 miles away, sitting in front of a monitor while eating lard. How gallant. How noble.

        January 7, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
      • Portland tony

        Let's carpet bomb, using our B-52s, all the Taliban sympathizing villages in Afghanistan as well as Pakistan. We did this well in Vietnam using the philosophy if it's on the map, bomb it. That way there will be no survivors to point the finger at us. For God's sake man, the use of missile firing drones, while taking out our enemies leaders, have saved countless non-combatants lives.

        January 7, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
      • Observer

        Another forgery by another towel head who's pretty determined to get my goat, but you can't have it, its a virgin and won't be sodomized by the likes of you Saeed. That what they mean when they say 72 virgins, they'll all sheep. Remember to look up. 🙂

        January 7, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
      • Portland tony

        Sorry Hahahahahahahaha, I never posted that disgusting comment above under my name. Some jerk is trying to make me look stupid. I have absolutely no use for those filthy cowards who operate those cursed drones nor do I condone that obscene butchery although most of the general public does so!!!

        January 7, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
    • Observer

      Another forgery by another towel head, take buddy's unit out of your mouth and look up, yup this ones just for you. 🙂

      January 7, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Reply

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