Ahmed Rashid http://redriverradio.org en Intelligence Squared U.S.: The US Drone Program is Fatally Flawed http://redriverradio.org/post/intelligence-squared-us-us-drone-program-fatally-flawed <div><strong>Airs Sunday, September 29 at 6 p.m.&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Remotely piloted aircraft, or drones, have been the centerpiece of America&rsquo;s </span>counter terrorism<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> toolkit since the start of the Obama presidency, and the benefits have been clear. Their use&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">has significantly weakened al Qaeda and the Taliban while keeping American troops out of harm&rsquo;s way. But critics of drone strikes argue that the short-term gains do not outweigh the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">long-term consequences&mdash;among them, radicalization of a public outraged over civilian deaths. Is our drone program hurting, or helping, in the fight against terrorism?</span></div><p> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 23:00:00 +0000 33922 at http://redriverradio.org Intelligence Squared U.S.: The US Drone Program is Fatally Flawed