Drones: The Bar Has Been Raised

The Wall Street Journal, Friday, November 4, 2011, A1

U.S. Tightens Drone Rules

A senior official at the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) said: “The bar has been raised.  Inside the CIA, there is a recognition you need to be damn sure it’s worth it.”

The “bar has been raised  for drones (unpiloted planes), “because military and diplomatic officials complained large strikes were damaging the fragile U.S. relationship with Pakistan.” Many key U.S. military and State Department officials demanded more selective strikes…” and the White House launched a review over the summer, in which Mr. Obama intervened.”

In track, the bar is raised to make running and jumping more difficult.  In this case, raising the bar for drones will possibly make the strikes more precise.

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