April 15th, 2010
07:51 AM ET

Drone strike kills 4 suspected militants in Pakistan

A U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region killed four suspected militants Wednesday night, two Pakistani intelligence sources and a local political official told CNN.

The officials said the unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at a vehicle near Anbar Shaga, a village 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) west of Miranshah in North Waziristan. It is one of seven districts in Pakistan's troubled tribal belt along the Afghan border.

The officials asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak on the record. The United States has carried out 26 drone strikes this year, according to a CNN count. All have targeted North Waziristan or its border with South Waziristan.

U.S. officials normally do not comment on suspected drone strikes, which have caused tension between Pakistan and the United States in the past.

- Journalist Nasir Dawar contributed to this report.

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  1. Joe

    Alright, Drones are just another way to kill, and anyone who thinks that killing is going bring about peace is believing someones lie. We need to find an alternative solution. I wish I had an answer but problem is a complex one. The whole 'good/evil' argument is really much less black and white as shades of gray. We have made this world as it is. If not directly then through inaction and it is up to us to find an answer. So everyone please put the left / right shit behind you and start using those beautiful gray-matter machines in your skulls to start find other solutions.

    Kick out the line in the sands and lets try acting for whats best for everyone.

    April 20, 2010 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Geek

    Yes, Pakistan does have a problem on their hands. If other countries stop meddling with Pakistan, and stop using it for their adventure or espionage, then Pakistan will once again be modern and prosperous as it once used to be , before the so called Afghan war. Pakistan was used as a tool in the Afghan war . . ..what a mess that was left behind. A mess, that Pakistan has been dealing with for so long on it's own. A mess that has brought poverty and severly burdened it's Economic system. The foreign hatched and funded terrorist are a foreign creation and Not Pakistan's. This is the bitter fact – like it or not. Pakistani people are the most moderate and peace loving and should be allowed to live in peace. A peace loving Nation and people would agree with that. The only kind who will disagree are Facist or bordering Facism because tyranny has befallen on the innocent.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. jim

    this is an adversary equal to hitler AT LEAST ! they admit wanting to destroying USA . to me no more is required to destroy them . if you are confused on what i mean , look it up in a dictionary . a while ago a double gas hauler got stuck in the mud so people came out of the wood work to help get it unstuck . when a rocket killed them they yelled we killed innocent . YOU ARE NOT INNOCENT when helping the enemy . aint gona have that period . !! we need to do more hurt there so they run from the enemy and not help them . if you threaten to shoot them not a threat – they would shoot them selves . BUT what no man or animal can tolerate is PAIN . give them enough of that and it will all stop
    so now ya say that is evil – i say it is not . you must raise the punishment to the point whare they dont think the fight is worth it any more and they quit . that would save more of their lives as well as ours . war is not a moral thing to do unless you do it to hitler and the like . so stop the noise about how it is moral to kill this way or that - that is BS !
    do it to get the job done stat !! there will be less turmoil that way . war is not a joke or a pinky tea party . so do it to end it ! the animal with the most smarts does the most damage to what we tutch - ?? how cool is that - not to be proud of !

    April 20, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. sevenveils

    I wish one of those drones would make a sweep on my block in DC and take a few gang bangers. Then I'd feel more safe.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sanity

    Shaking my head here.... Everytime Pakistan has a problem they blame it on India. India, with the largest muslim population in the world, is a far more tolerant state than Pakistan has ever been.

    I think this is a a disease that that subcontinent faces. It is high time that Pakistan realizes that what goes around, comes around. It is for them to realize that whatever they see themselves as today, the world sees them as a state that breeds terrorists. So, their growth should come from introspection.

    Actions speak louder than words. I think Pakistan should admit that they have a problem on their hands and genuinely ask for help to get rid of them. It is high time Pakistan stopped putting out a begging bowl to the US and then act as if they were in a position to bargain.

    April 20, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. Randy

    I support the drone strikes, however the MAIN concern should be fighting and ending the large scale of corruption in both the Afghanistan and Pakistani governments. End the corruption and listen to our Generals on the ground, not some stupid gov't official in Washington who hasn't set foot on the ground and thinks they have some damn idea of whats going on and how to "fix" things.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. WC

    Wait till we go into Iran. It's going to happen. We will be spread so thin that it wouldn't surprise me to see a draft comming.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim

    They are doing a GREAT JOB, however, there will be nasty people there forever, just like there is here. Why are so many getting killed here and in Mexico, because a large number of AMERICANS create a demand for drugs. Stupidity, but reality. Time to educate us more, get rid of welfare and go back to what made us strong in the first place here as well.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. joesef

    Drones are piloted by Afgan women. Or at least they should be. Those women need a chance to get even.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. QDH

    I'm center-left but don't fancy myself a fool. Our military is in Afghanistan and when needed in Pakistan fighting a war. The war was started when Al Qaida decided to kill Americans on US soil. I have sincere concern about the civilian losses on the war front, but I am 100% comfortable saying that this is exactly what we must do if a clear target is available. I'm fairly certain the people in the tent with OBL will not be girl-scouts. If they are the collateral damage of killing a target of that stature then pull the trigger.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bosah, MD

    It is a shame, the level of name calling going on in this Country. If this trend continues, America is headed toward an internal implosion. I have lived here for most of my life and got all my education from this Great Country. I have always been of the opinion that the Country operates on a balancing scale, which periodically self corrects. The Country is largely a moderate Country but the extremes are increasingly drowning out the sane majority.

    April 19, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bailoutsos

    Now America has moved the war into Pakistan? Sure reminds me of Vietnam when America crossed over into the neighboring countries. How did that fiasco end in Vietnam?

    April 19, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rob

    and by we i mean us AUSSIES!!THE BEST ARMED FORCES IN THE WORLD!!

    April 19, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rob

    how would u stupid yanks like it if we were bombing u guys with drones??typical pig-headed answers u americans allways have!!GET OVER OVER YOURSELFS!!U GUYS ARNT KINGS OF THE WORLD ANYMORE AND NEVER WILL BE!!

    April 19, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ed Harris

    It's you liberal idiots that think that we shouldn't go after these thugs and just sit back and let them hit us first. Must be the Obama way!!

    April 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Bob

    I'm from Pakistan and thought I'd clear up some of the ignorance on this forum:

    1. The fact remains that those drones would NEVER be able to target these people without the Pakistani army providing them intelligence on the ground.

    2. We Pakistanis don't like these terrorists and there has to be a realization by people living in ths States that these terrorists have killed more innocent Pakistanis (muslims), then any Westerner.

    3. American's have a nasty tendancy of branding a name to everyone to simplify their understanding of the world. The fact is that there is not one "taliban" group. Some of them are hardline, others are not. Some of them have ideologies that simply want foriegners out of their country and an end to corruption. NONE of the Taliban (no matter what type) have ever threatened US soil. The Taliban's recruits are essentially marginalized Pakhtoon (a tribe/ethnicity) youth. The US through this indiscrimate airstrikes (ie not realizing that there are moderate Taliban vs hardline ones) fuels miltancy. Essentially, you fire on a house of a miltant who doesn't care about Americans and is fighting against the Afghan government, well then you create a terrorist who now wants to hurt Americans. Pakistanis would like the US to be smarter and listen for once in how they approach things.

    4. For all the blood thirsty out there that want more drone strikes (and some which are encouraging strikes on populated metropolitain areas), striking a desolate hill is different from targeting a major city. Our city of Karachi has 15 million + people. It's not like a remote village. In Karachi, I can go to the movies and see the latest flick, shop at a La Senza or Victoria Secret store, and buy a subway sandwhich. It's like any other developing urban centre. No Pakistan would tolerate a strike it cities. It would be a declaration of war. Then instead of a miltant being ticked of at you, you'd have 160 million people to deal with. It's the difference in launching a hellfire missile on a ranch in the middle of the Nevada desert versus launching one on a shop in Times Square New York.

    5. Pakistanis believe that the Taliban are getting their funding from the Afghan drug trade but also, some factions are getting funding, arms, and explosives from Indian 'consultates' in Afghanistan. India has set up 22 offices in Afghanistan. Can you honestly tell me there there giving out tourist Visas? Stop the funding and you stop the Taliban.

    What I believe would help is if the US arranges for a compensation package for the innocent civillans which have been killed along with the miltants in US strikes. Over 700+ Pakistani civillians who have nothing to do with this war have died. Compensate them, and you remove a lot of the anger at these strikes. We're human beings. A Pakistani life is equal to an American one.

    April 19, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  17. rob

    australians used to be pro american,the last 15 year has changed..we are anti-american now,and america has them selfs to blame!!get rid of the drones now!!

    April 19, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Art

    Hey Daniel,
    Do you see how many people of all political persuasions agree with you? You are dangerously naive. Some people would call you a useful idiot. I just call you an idiot. It's a war you idiot. Remember the USS Cole, the first World Trade Center attack, 9/11 and the various embassy attacks? Obviously you forgot those. Except for 9/11 we didn't do anything about them and look what happened. Oh did I mention that you're an idiot? My apologies to other idiots out there.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  19. Bill

    Drones?? Works for me!

    April 19, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  20. Mr. Stark

    Response to "Daniel"-you somewhat wrong....-the drones are doing a poor job--there are way too many terrorists still alive. We need more drones hitting bigger targets.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  21. Reasonabel Answer:

    The question you ask is cruel, and in-humane.

    There are People in the region (that you would just turn into a fireball); People whom I am positive (from experience) that, if you just reached out to meet any one or two of them, would become your lifelong friends based on any number of human commonalities.

    The already determined fact that You cannot see beyond your suggested course of action, makes You just as awful (and backward) as the religous zealots who deserve a nice Drone strike every so often.

    April 19, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  22. Cliff Vegas

    I geek out when I hear about drones. I'm going to sit down now... do my drone chant... donna wanna clona drona... donna wanna clona drona... donna wanna clona drona...

    April 18, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  23. david elliott

    I was surprised to see the president of Egypt commenting [# 40 }

    April 18, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Halie

    P.S don't get me wrong, I support the American troops and the Government of Pakistan that has helped in cold war, and the current war against terrorism. But we need to keep our eyes open and take action against the killing of innocents.

    April 18, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Halie

    I don't support the drones at all. They don't only kill the extremists but also A LOT of civilians. The number of innocent civilians killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan is countless. They should be more careful of whom they kill and stop giving false news every time!

    April 18, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Jimbo

    "A house divided will not stand" Abraham Lincoln

    Left, right, center, we are all in this together and ironically seem to agree, so why the labels?

    April 18, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Besensible

    Has anyone questioned who is training funding and hatching those terrorist and sending them into Pakistan. Just guess? If anybody reads other news media . . .There has been news that the weapons are foreign made and terrorist are foreign fundind too. So, the foreign terror machine needs to stop hatching these terrorist other wise all the money spent on bombs and drones will be all in vain.

    April 18, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  28. shakeel

    violence verses violence, killing verses killing & war &weapon makes the situation verse ,the only solution is to keep rest in ur own home , region & in ur own country .imposing rules on poors & consider one own self a lion is a fake reality. USA should show his power to russians & germans & europians who r on the equal path ,US will see more destruction in afpak,these countries already barefooted.nothing effects them . they r born to die.so.............just ,need to understand the reality .shiow ur muscles to the right compatitors....

    April 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Gopherit

    Nice things, predatory drones. Control them from, for example, California, and kill people thousands of miles away in Pakistan, which has complained about those attacks. Unmentioned problem in this report – drone attacks have killed quite a lot more innocent people than "militants" or "al Qaeda." It's part of the U.S.'s program of How to Win Friends and Influence People, with one outcome being to increase anti-American sentiment and encourage al Qaeda and other recruitment efforts. And all of this in a region of the world where the U.S. has no legitimate ongoing interest. Or does it have to do with a hidden agenda to build oil and gas pipeline or other commercial exploitation, as some have suggested?

    April 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Ragu

    Instead of making this into a right-wing and left-wing argument, people have to remind themselves, every day, that Islamic terrorism, is a global menace of monumental proportion; It aims to kill, US citizens, allies and nearly all those who do not share Taliban's religious views. Every decent thing the free world has worked so hard to build, is under threat by these elements. Such, blood thirsty killing, is at present, not the random act of a few lunatics, but has become a way of life in some parts of the world, where a continuous supply of brain-washed killers, are generated by religious schools and terror camps. In many ways, this is very similar, in scale and nature, to the Nazism, and the Japanese racial supremacy, the civilized had to fight and win during the world war II. It is not merely,an evil , that remains in some tribal areas, with no impact o the rest of us. This has become, a global jihad, for a failed civilization, that is not able to compete with other progressive community of nations. Drones should continue to be used, if not with Nuclear weapons.

    April 18, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Bobby D

    Terrorist who indiscriminately kill civilians, mothers, fathers, grandparents and children should be and will be condemned! Any and all means to wipe them off the face of the earth is warranted!

    April 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  32. rocket

    obama is using 80% of bushes policys

    April 18, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  33. JMikey54

    Yes we need to do more drone attacks.

    April 18, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Cody

    Why are teenage kids in VA killing people in the middle of the night in Pakistan with remote controlled planes fitted with missiles? How is it possible to KNOW that these people killed were doing anything other than driving down the road to home? Afghanistan had nothing to do with 9/11. The Taliban offered numerous times to hand over Bin Laden as soon as some evidence against him was produced. The people of Afghanistan have a long history of destroying occupying armies and ours will come to the same fate of the others before it. The only question is how long will we continue to waste trillions of dollars and thousands upon thousands of lives in a perpetual war that has nothing to do with the Defense of our country or its people?

    April 18, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Claude

    I'm from Canada. We believe most of you are right on this topic. Wish we had our own drones so we could fly a few beside yours. By the way, no reactions from Daniel yet...I guess he must have realised he was in left field on this one.
    Keep up the good work USA.

    April 18, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  36. Roybean

    If only the drones could be used to take out gang leaders and child molesters

    April 18, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  37. Greg Bigbro

    "the drones are ... also killing innocent people....if my innocent family was killed by a drone I would do anything in my power to avenge their death...it is just fueling the hatred that exists."

    ******************

    It's only natural to want revenge. But what's ever to show for it? At he end of the day, does revenge get anyone more friends, prosperity, a better life?

    Acting out of desire is better than acting out of fear. Or hate. Asking oneself "what's to gain" is always a good idea.

    April 18, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  38. Dan

    As a Constitutionally minded American disgusted with the Left-Right mega party, I wonder. Where did the "anti-war left" go?

    April 18, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  39. bill

    Shame on you all approving of drone attacks, naive to the fact that innocent people are being killed. These so called militants are fighting for their land and drive the illegal foreign occupier out. DRONES NO GOOD, SUICIDE BOMBERS NO GOOD, KILLING PERIOD NO GOOD

    April 18, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  40. Greg Furnas

    Hey Daniel, you are the fool. Many times, it takes violence to stop violence. And Satish
    Kumar, ( yes ), there are other ways, only if the terrorists will allow them. All they have
    to do, is put their guns and bombs down. And, I might add, that America would probably
    help them financially, come into the modern world.

    April 18, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  41. Don

    General comment: I just hope we're hitting the right people with the drones.

    To "Reasonable Question": Because we're not them.

    April 18, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  42. RudyT

    Unmanned crafts fighting wars instead of humans – initially nice but ultimately, can humans hide well so as not to be hit by their drones?

    April 18, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  43. Balammb!

    Is every hispanic in America a member of a gang?
    Is every female middle school teacher sleeping with her students?
    Is every posting on craigslist w4m by a prostitute?

    Some of these people described are suspected of being so, but we investigate, then arrest them if cause is found, we don't blast them to smithereens.

    We always read "4 suspected militants were killed by drone attack" or " A raid was carried out today on a suspected Al Queda group, 11 suspected terrorists were killed".

    The war machine keeps on killing the guilty and the innocent, and we talk about it over coffe like it is the latest episode of American Idol.

    Pittiful, putrid wars.

    April 18, 2010 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
  44. Jesse

    GO DRONES! Kill the bad guys!!! We need a lot more of this kind of stuff!!!

    April 18, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  45. Elephant Lover

    Drone attacks = AWESOME!

    Just wait until we have beetle bots and Army Ranger Cyborgs controlled through our iPads from a safe distance in Americaland.

    The future is here...

    Next on the list is our low-orbit weather control device, ion cannon and doom ray!

    Sky fortresses, mountain strongholds, nuclear tipped bullets, and plague viruses....

    It's not that I support the right or the left...I support AWESOMENESS!!!

    April 18, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  46. Mark

    I think the use of drones is the way to go. Nice job!

    April 18, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  47. JOhn

    Clearly the DRONES are doing their job and doing it well. We need more. By the way, for all those caught up in the useless and ignorant left wing/right wing labeling get a life. Our President who many see as Liberal has done and is doing an excellent job comanding this war....I can't say that the last (Right Wing) President did such a hot job comanding this war. Go Obama! Go DRONES. Go our soldiers!

    April 17, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  48. lance

    i love these little taliban guys ther like test dummies for the american military to train on. keep improving your weaon systems – good score.

    April 17, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  49. jsb

    Hi Daniel! Gee, are there only the two of us in the world who don't like these drones? They give me the creeps, in some visceral way. In a practical way, they don't actually seem to be winning any wars – we kill people, but there are an awful lot of people out there, and a lot of them will accept a lot of risk And others of them even admire them for it. (Compare, in this country, the number of people who will drink and drive, to get a sense of how weak a deterrent the threat of violent death can be, for humans.). A lot more could be said – I'm actually surprised at how popular the drones seem to be, based on the comments., I would have guessed it would be closer to 50/50. What an age we live in.

    April 17, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Rigel54

    This is one "left wing liberal" that thinks the drones are not only cool, but seem to be doing an amazingly good job. No one, not the Americans (of course!), the Pakistani military, Pakistani police, local civilians, or even the militants themselves claim significant civilian casualties. The terrorist/militants are themselves terrified. I also believe "Faux News" is just that, and is doing serious harm to this country and its people (the simpletons, at least). It is really shallow, simple-minded enraged people talking to and creating more of the same. And no, I don't believe in a god. I've seen too much, no logical case can be made. It seems the louder a person screams "God" the more unpleasant and destructive that person is. There are exceptions, but they are just that, exceptions. Both major religions promise true believers a paradise, Christianity is just vague about what happens there.

    April 17, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  51. chris

    the drone's are whats keeping us soldiers near the border safe enough to help rebuild eastern afghanistan you said ungodly drones you should see the ungodly things the taliban and hakani network are doing to innocent people here you pakistan has no right to be angry when they keep training and sending fighters and equipment across the border if anything thank God for the drones

    April 17, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Chinaman

    Drones are wonderful -- when they hit the right guy. I wouldn't call them 'unholy baby-killing machines' but they did struck civilians, it sucks when they do, and there's no telling if that will happen again.

    You can go on about how many more actual terrorists they've killed, and how these terrorists would kill more people if left alive, but that doesn't excuse US from bombing civilians. The international image of US is pretty bad as it is, thanks to the last president, and every time a civilian dies in US hands, people won't say to themselves 'oh right hindersight happens', they are going to jump up and down and shout 'baby killers'. Just saying. Americans should be more discreet about dropping bombs.

    April 17, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  53. ogre12

    Jean – drones are only one tool on the tool belt of men and women who are willing to step up to the plate and do what many Americans are unwilling to do. I speak of those young men and women who serve our military, law enforcement, and other emergency services who serve every day. In the final analysis it takes boots on the ground to get the job done. I speak with a little bit of experience in this regard.

    April 17, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  54. Bruno

    If Musharaf could have taken a stand after 9/11, there would not have been Pakistani Millitant/Taliban/Extremist etc... and no Drone attacks resulting suiside bombers. Collateral damage is creating suiside bombers, Innccent civilians killed in drone attacks are taking the revenge by doing suiside bombing etc... 1 miilion arms men live in the tribal area, in order to bring them to our side after 9/11 we are using drone attack and other tactics to pushing them towards Al/Qaeda creating bigger mess. Ground realities are different what we see and hear. Pakistani ruling class is the real terror for the whole pakistan where our tax dollars are used for blood. Corrupt politicians have murder and criminal cases and all the looted money in foreign banks and keep asking for our tax dollar so they can creat more havoc. There is no end to this war on Terror. Pakistan needs a Leader who can honestly work with all the parties involve in this war and bring peace to that region and solve that mess of our own.

    April 17, 2010 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  55. Jay

    What a wonderful job those drones are doing. I guess that makes me a left wing fool?

    April 17, 2010 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  56. Ross

    I just wish we had about 10,000 more drones in that area. Ross

    April 17, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  57. Jean

    We need thousands of drones all in action and then there will be less US loss.

    April 16, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Reasonable Question

    It is regrettable that the USA does not use nuclear weapons in this battle.

    Why is it better for the USA to send it's children and treasure to these lands, rather than stand off and use nuclear weapons? The behavior of those the USA is fighting is not civilized, not following any modern code of conduct, so why should they be treated with any civility?

    April 16, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  59. SmokeyJoe

    To: Daniel
    A few questions:
    What color is your turban?
    Do you own an AK-47?
    Have you been watching the skies a lot more lately?
    Can you provide GPS coordinates to your home?
    What is your favorite place to visit in Pakistan or Afghanistan?
    When was the last time and place you saw your Taliban or Al Qaeda leader?

    April 16, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  60. SmokeyJoe

    To: DaveG
    Another good thing about drone flights is that they're going to be much more numerous and more effective in the future. The terrorists better atart to love the drones because they're going to become a major force in their lives and in the end of their life. If that seems like unfair war tactics and they are getting war-weary, well that the whole idea! If war is no more fun for the Taliban and Al Qaeda, then they'd better choose, unconditional surrender or and end to life as they know it.

    April 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  61. A.Mubarik

    So why exactly don't US officials feel it necessary to comment?

    April 16, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Hmmm

    Funny how right wing fools are taking credit for a weapon designed under Clinton(liberal) and used more under Obama(liberal) than Bush(right wing Fool)

    April 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Joel

    Daniel, congratulations opening this thread off by making an absolute idiot out of yourself. Anyone (right-wing, left-wing or centrist) who forgets that Al-Qaeda and their Taliban protectors were behind 9-11, and that these are the same people we are fighting even today, doesn't have a clue about what is going on in the world. Drone strkes have proven to be one of our most useful tools in taking the war to these terrorists while minimizing civilian casualties.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  64. TonyB

    I'm a conservative who APPLAUDS President Obama for his policy with these drone attacks. He said he would do this during the campaign, and has taken the exact right course of action. I do not agree with him on very much, but I want to acknowledge that he is right on this issue, and commend him.

    April 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Lou C.

    We never start it, we react to it. More Drone reactions!

    April 16, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  66. DrTom

    The drone attacks are the most efficient way to get rid of the enemy without killing civilians. And Obama is smart enough to recognize this and has increased them to a level way above what his predecessor was doing. He's moving us out or Iraq where we had no business being and into Afghanistan where at least we can attack are true enemy.

    April 16, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Harley

    If killing these militants with drones and protecting our country and our soldiers is right wing, then put me on the tip of the wing. If you are so worried about them then move over there and protect them yourself and then that will help solve some of our problems here in the states. Take some of your freinds wiht the same views with you.

    April 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Joseph

    Sidestepping the usual narrow political posturing on the Right and the Left that seems to be the basis for all too much political conversation in America currently, there is a larger and, to my mind a more interesting issue at play here for the future.

    This “Drone” is the Granddaddy, the progenitor of what will become a population of battlefield capable automatous units that will be used by both sides.

    Cheap, easy to build or buy, Antipersonnel, Airborne Night, Rain, Day, and Countermeasure capable programmed Hunter-Seekers, the development is already in the works.

    War, and the battle field are nightmares as they are now, I doubt few individuals understand how the development of these devices will change warfare, and terrorist strategies in the future.

    Think about this while we congratulate ourselves on our superior tax dollar support military industrial conglomerate and profit based system, historically created to project America from truly horrible threats in the time of our fathers and grandfather, and now has become the play thing of Conservative and Leftist Dogmas to institute political policies communicated to the public under the guise of fear at the expense of American treasure and lives.

    Consider this.

    Joseph

    April 16, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  69. TheTruth

    These fantastic drone attacks are just what these cowardly extremists need, basically a dose of their own emotionless medicine. The only reason civilians get hurt is when the cowardly Islamics hide within their ranks and use them as human shields. I say bring on the technology war, send the drones in by the droves and blast them all to hell where they belong! Technology due to American ingenuity at it's best.

    April 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  70. John

    I be DA FOOL Daniel? I be lovin it when some murderous SOB gets lifted off the planet in microscopic pieces. And, by the way Genius, just what have you done with your worthless, self-righteous, myopic, druggie life? Ever been shot at (not by the police)
    by some maggot determined to kill you because he loves death more than life. You know nothing until you've been there, so shut the hell up and go back to your kennel, and may your mother bite you.

    April 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  71. mama1

    Daniel, our technology best at work and will keep on improving. Easing the job at hand for our hard working troops in the war zone and maybe they can come home sooner.

    April 16, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  72. David McGhee

    There are two groups of people in this world who oppose American ideals – people who are sympathizers to a cause and people who are either ignorant or have rocks in their head. The cure for the second group is to put them in the arena and away from the safety of the U.S. The cure for the first group is a precision-guided bomb. Retired Air Force

    April 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Bill

    Those drones always do such a wonderful job!

    April 16, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  74. JoeMB

    Daniel, guess who ordered the drone attack. A LEFT WING FOOL /Facepalm.

    April 16, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  75. ish

    the drones are prob. killing some terrorists, but you must be a fool to say that they are not also killing innocent people....if my innocent family was killed by a drone I would do anything in my power to avenge their death...this policy is not solving the problem..it is just fueling the hatred that exists...sad, but true. If america and their western allies just left their "conquered" territories and focused on their own issues, the world would be a better place. And there is prob. many issues that exist that the average person is not informed of.

    April 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Brandon

    I agree with jackson! It is a lot better to just the drone strikes witch will harm zero troops but if were to send in troops they could all be killed. Nobody wants our troops to be killed because for all we know it could be one of our own family members that got killed because we didn't use the technology that we have.

    April 16, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  77. gomie

    How about bombing Karachi and Islamabad. Clean those cities up.

    April 16, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  78. Tom

    In the lead up to the D-Day invasion of France in WWII allied bombing of France caused the deaths of 14,000 French civilians. There is no doubt our drone strikes are killing innocents. But most being harmed are radical Muslims who are actively plotting against our soldiers and civilians. We have used technology to get much more precise in the modern day. I would rather not be killing anyone but what choise do we have?

    April 16, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  79. Non-partisan

    Why does everything have to be a liberal vs. conservative/democrat vs, republican battle on every issue?! Let's just look at it for what it is. 4 bad guys were killed without putting American/Allied lives on the line. That's a good thing, PERIOD! I'm not a teabagger nor an Obama nut. Just someone who believes we need to kill the bad guys before the bad guys kill us. I really hope we can put aside this constant internal battle in our country, because before too long the terrorists won't have to try to kill us, they can sit back and let us do it ourselves..............

    April 16, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  80. steve

    Actually, I am a left-wing fool who is always happy to see terrorists getting what they deserve

    April 16, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  81. T

    Just want to say not all Democrats ( left wingers) believe the drones are bad. I am a democrat and support our military fully, I want to have our people provided for at home ( health care), but at the same time realize we need to destroy and kill the evil that is living in this part of the world. I would rather do it with drones than have our boys more in harms way than they need to be. What divides us in the US is when you identify with one parties values and let that color your entire judgement system, it divides the country.Think for yourself.

    April 16, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  82. Horace

    If the USA was serious about its war on terrorism it would use some drones on the Saudi royal family.

    April 16, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  83. J-Rod

    The only good terrorist is a dead one! Keep on the Predator attacks! Let the Hajis know they are never safe. You idiots that opposed killing these animals, feel free to go to Pakistan and talk to them. That plan has worked remarkably well for the idiot in the White House. HA!

    April 16, 2010 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  84. Steve

    Wow Daniel... where is your anger when the Taliban plant IED's or do suicide bombings that have killed thousands of civilians over the years? Do you think the Taliban care about hurting or killing civilians? The U.S. bends over backwards to try to prevent civilian casualties. Does the U.S. kill civilians? Yeah... it's war, and in war... that kind of horrible stuff happens. But at least 99 percent of the civilian deaths caused by the U.S. are accidental.

    On the other hand, the Taliban, when faced with the chance to kill an "infidel" with a suicide bomb (but 20 civilians are in the area)... they will press the button and not care if all 20 civilians are killed. Just as long as that "infidel" is killed. And why? Because the Taliban are ANIMALS.

    April 15, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Santana

    I am not a right wing nut, but I like the fact that we are able to hit Al Qaeda, the Taliban and the rest of those who would kill Americans if given the opportunity. We are at war and war is messy. Launch the drones!

    April 15, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  86. mindy abraham

    I LOVE DRONES!!!!!!

    April 15, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  87. paul lambert

    Just who and what is a militant?

    April 15, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Roamingrock

    DANIEL would be really unhappy if I was running the war. There would be extensive use of the MOAB, Mother of All Bombs. Used once or twice in IRAQ. Remember the US soldier kidnapped? I'd be dropping leaflets and in the Pakistani region along the Afgan border letting them know that village by village, hamlet by hamlet, the place will disappear unless that soldier is returned unharmed. Then begin. Either that soldier is returned or the entire area is gone. Don't give me any of this women and children crap. Collateral damage, just like the World Trade Center. We are wasting our time winning their hearts and minds. Let's go back to the golden rule. Those with the gold rule.

    April 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Bubba

    Hey Daniel, as for those right-wing idiots, who is ordering these strikes, President BO so can the right wing cr@p, all the way with LBJ again.

    April 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  90. DaveG

    The nice thing about drone attacks is that it gives these terrorists a taste of their own medicine. They find themselves gathered together sharing a cup of tea talking about how many of their fellow terrorists have been killed by drone attacks hoping that they won't meet the same fate. One of them goes outside to check on something, hears a whistling sound and then KABLAM and instead of finding themselves in paradise with 21 virgins, they find themselves being drawn down deep into the BOWELS OF HELL where they will reside FOREVER!! Good Riddance.

    April 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Frank Montalvo

    I got a feeling that many right wing fruit cakes are gonna complaint about how nasty we are for killing the real INFIDELS!!! Wife beating, Heroin providers, baby killers, Bastards!!!. Heading to Afghanistan next month. What are you doing for your family, God and country??? Complaint? You got the right to move out too!

    April 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  92. John Williams

    The USA needs to invest heavily in drones for Afghanistan, particularly in the Kandahar and Helmund provinces.

    April 15, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  93. michael

    yes daniel, we took out more terrorists who were going to kill how many civilians and its terrible.

    April 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Abdul Aziz Mohmand

    Most of the the TTP leadership have perished by drone tech and rest of gone to bottom. Drone tech is the best policy and can be effected if this use to those who are supporting and providing explosive and money for terrorism activities.

    April 15, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  95. satish kumar

    human is killed by human is there not any other way to solve the problem whole world is violent muslim killing muslim in fact they are killing islam i am concerned with human rights solve the problems amicably donot shed blood

    April 15, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  96. Ed

    What a wonderful job those drones are doing. I guess that makes me a Right Wing Fool?

    April 15, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  97. Anti-Daniel

    Or, we will see a lot of left-wing idiots claim the drone attacks are killing thousands of innocent civilians. Or, we will see a bunch of left-wing losers rant on about how FAUX news is teh evil. The drones are doing a wonderful job and the people of the world are safer because of the job it and the President that allows it to do. Do left-wingers really believe in God?

    April 15, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  98. jackson

    Daniel, before you pigeon-hole everyone who supports such action as a 'right-wing fool', which would you rather have, our troops in harms way, or use technology to get the bad guys?...the same bad-guys, who if they have their way, would not permit you to voice your opinion as you are so freely able to do. I don't exault the fact that war is 'wonderful', far from it. I've been there first hand...war is ugly, very, very ugly. But, I would rather have the technology at hand to take out the bad guys vs. having our troops within sniper range of the enemy. One can not have their cake and eat it too. Be realistict and rational before you post such that portays yourself as a 'left wing fool'.

    April 15, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  99. Ed

    Don't forget the left-wing fools who keep ignoring the murderous extremists, and then blame America for every ill on the earth.

    April 15, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  100. Daniel

    I have a horrible suspicion that we're going to see a lot of right-wing fools blog in here to brag about what a "wonderful job" those ungodly drones are doing.Don't they always???

    April 15, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Dan,what does that make you?

      July 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
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