On Drones, Part 3: The “Drone Blowback Fallacy”

Christopher Swift wrote a brilliant piece on what he called the “drone blowback fallacy.” I mentioned it at the end of my last article, and I highly recommend you read it. His argument, boiled down to its most basic elements is this: Drone strikes are hurting Al Qaeda more than they are helping it. Al Qaeda’s numbers are growing not because of “drone blowback” but because people are poor. Joining Al Qaeda (like joining gangs in poor neighborhoods in U.S. cities) offers some financial Read more […]