Drone Strike Served CIA Revenge, Blocked Pakistan’s Strategy by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at ISP
Washington
November 7, 2013

After a drone strike had reportedly killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud Nov. 1, the spokesperson for the U.S. National Security Council declared that, if true, it would be “a serious loss” for the terrorist organisation.

That reaction accurately reflected the Central Intelligence Agency’s argument for the strike. But the back story of the episode is how President Barack Obama supported the parochial interests of the CIA in the drone war over the Pakistani government’s effort to try a new political approach to that country’s terrorism crisis.

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