US Diplomat: Each US Drone Attack Creates '40 to 60' New Enemies

The U.S. military, according to one former diplomat with a frontrow seat to its drone policy in Yemen, is creating new terrorists in that country at breakneck speed.

In an article published at TomDispatch earlier this week, the site’s editor Tom Engelhardt gave the recent and ongoing counterterrorism strategy of the U.S. military an unkind moniker by dubbing it a perpetual “blowback machine.”

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In the post-9/11 world, according to Engelhardt, “wherever U.S. military power has been applied,” the consistent outcome of armed intervention—from the illegal invasion of Iraq and the NATO-backed overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya to the ongoing U.S. drone campaigns in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere —has been to “destabilize whole regions.”

But—despite being one of the most informed and sharply critical voices on the failure of the U.S. drone war—you don’t have to take Engelhardt’s word for it.

As the Huffington Post’s Matt Sledge reports, a former high-level U.S. State Department official in Yemen, Nabeel Khoury, is saying that for every drone strike launched by the U.S. military, as many as  “40 to 60 new enemies of America” are created.

Spurred by an article Khoury wrote for The Cairo Review slamming the misguided drone policy in Yemen, Sledge reached out to the now retired diplomat.

“My former colleagues are probably going to get upset with me, because the policy now is to do this,” Khoury said.

No military dove, Khoury told the HuffPost he was not “absolutely against the use of drones,” but added, in “any country where we’re not at war, then it has the complications of sovereignty, of popular opinion. In the end, I’m not talking about international law. I’m talking about cost-benefits.”

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