Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst, says the CIA-run drone program overseas is “creating more terrorists than it’s killing.”
He told the U.S. Desk that America’s “counter-terrorism policy” creates more wars “to line the pockets” of arms manufacturers and dealers.
The United States drone operations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, and other countries have created hatred among local people against American foreign policies as the victims of U.S. drone strikes are mainly civilians.
McGovern expressed hope that the new U.S. defense secretary will change the “counter-productive” policy.
Public opinion towards the United States in the Muslim world has not improved under President Obama, and it has actually worsened in Pakistan and Jordan since the Bush administration, according to a new Pew study.
Approval ratings for Obama in predominantly Muslim nations is very low: “fewer than three-in-ten express confidence in him in Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey and Jordan,” according to the survey. Just just 7% of Pakistanis have a positive view of Obama.
In Pakistan alone, around 3,000 civilians have been killed by U.S. drone strikes since 2004.