Obama to Review Drone Program After Hostage Deaths

Posted April 27, 2015 at 8:29am

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Obama administration “intends to review its rules” for the use of drone strikes “in the wake of revelations that restrictions he imposed two years ago on the program failed to prevent the deaths of American development expert Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto, killed by a drone strike in January.”  

“The administration’s review could revive discussion about Mr. Obama’s calls for control over the drone program to shift from the Central Intelligence Agency to the Pentagon… At the same time, it seems unlikely the review would lead to any significant changes to the drone program, which continues to receive strong bipartisan support in Washington from politicians and counterterrorism officials who see it as essential to battling militants in remote parts of the world.”  

“The White House also is facing questions about whether the administration missed an opportunity to rescue the hostages. U.S. officials said there was never enough intelligence to attempt a rescue operation.”