Rep. Rogers: Obama's Drone Policy Changes Put Americans at Risk
Policy changes that could end drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan are raising major security concerns.
The United States drone program, run by the CIA, is used to target Al Qaeda-linked figures in Pakistan. There has already been a decrease in drone strikes over Pakistan from 122 strikes in 2010, to 26 last year.
At a global threats hearing this past week, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) said, “Let me be the first to say publicly, the president’s May 2013 policy changes for the U.S. targeted strikes are an utter and complete failure and they leave Americans’ lives at risk.”
Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin reported that the concerns stem from a pending agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan over whether U.S. soldiers will stay in the country after this year.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday, “We will also have either no troops or a significantly reduced number of troops in Afghanistan after 2014, and that obviously lessens the force protection needs that we have. So I think those factors play into what the president said about a reduced need for unmanned strikes.”
Griffin reported that the program could be shut down or moved to a neighboring country if no American troops remain in Afghanistan to guard the bases that predator drones fly out of.