Huffington Post quotes Acting Director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East Danya Greenfield on President Obama’s drone policy:
One year ago last Friday, President Barack Obama gave a major address on drones, targeted killing and terrorism. The president and administration officials promised that the drone program would operate within limits protecting civilians, control would be transferred from the CIA to the Pentagon, and a new era of transparency would begin.The number of drone strikes has fallen since then, but it is far from clear that the drop was a result of a shift in administration policy. Frustrated in part by Congress and the facts on the ground in Pakistan and Yemen, when it comes to drones, Obama has fulfilled few of his promises.
“Unfortunately, I don’t think Obama or the administration have done much at all to follow up on the commitments he made in the speech,” said Danya Greenfield, chair of the Yemen Policy Initiative at the Atlantic Council, a nonpartisan think tank.