Tom FentonMarch 9, 2013 09:51
Drones are an easy option for a president who does not want the US to be world policeman.
A US Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile stands on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport in 2010. Drones have been a key element of the fight against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere. (Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images)
Though cheaper and more easily implemented, drone strikes are quickly undermining US counterinsurgency efforts by galvanizing Al Qaeda recruitment.