Category: Neta Crawford

White House releases drone policy playbook: A model for the world?

Christian Science Monitor Neta Crawford, College of Arts & Sciences For the first time, the United States released its “playbook” for using drones to kill terrorists abroad… Expert quote: “In a way it doesn’t make much difference that they might lay out their internal criteria for targeted killing. It’s the fact that they’re targeted killing […]

Are We Safer? Measuring The Costs Of America’s Unending Wars

WBUR “Cognoscenti” By Neta Crawford, College of Arts & Sciences In the immediate aftermath of the hijacking of four aircraft and the attacks on New York and Washington on Sept. 11, 2001, which killed nearly 3,000 people and injured twice that many, the Bush administration warned that the U.S. should prepare for a war of uncertain duration, […]

U.S., NATO allies plan to give corruption-plagued Afghanistan $15B without reform benchmarks

Washington Times Neta Crawford, College of Arts & Sciences Afghanistan is primed to receive roughly $15 billion from the U.S. and its NATO allies through 2020 despite an extensive track record of fraud, waste and abuse… Expert quote: “We don’t have the money for this.” View full article

The U.S. will seek billions more to support Afghan military efforts

Washington Post Neta Crawford, College of Arts & Sciences America’s longest war is about to include more cash for Afghanistan’s army and police force — without any new conditions to try to make sure it doesn’t get gobbled up before making it to the battlefield… Expert quote: “It’s clear you cannot kill your way out […]

Is the Islamic State a government or a criminal gang? The answer will determine how we fight.

Washington Post By Neta Crawford, College of Arts & Sciences When French Prime Minister François Hollande described the Islamic State’s attacks on Paris as an “act of war,” he set the stage for an immediate retaliation. In their understandable fear and anger, like many Americans immediately after 9/11, the French have hardly paused to ask […]

Where Is the Outcry Over Children Killed by U.S.-Led Forces?

Scientific American Neta Crawford, Colleges of Arts & Sciences For years, I’ve tried to get more people—and especially Americans, citizens of the most militaristic nation on Earth–to agree with me that war that must be abolished. One simple–some would say simplistic–argument I’ve tried is this: war is wrong because killing children is wrong, and children […]

149,000 people have died in war in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2001, report says

Washington Post Neta Crawford, College of Arts & Sciences War has directly resulted in the deaths of 149,000 people in Afghanistan and Pakistan between 2001 and 2014, according to estimates in a new report released by Costs of War project at Brown University’s Watson Institute… Expert quote: “While the US formally ended combat operations in Afghanistan in December 2014, […]

Wars in Pakistan and Afghanistan leave 150,000 dead: study

The News International Neta Crawford, College of Arts & Sciences The wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan have left nearly 150,000 soldiers and civilians dead since 2001, a new US study estimates… Expert quote: “What we do know is that the indirect health effects of war persist beyond the end of the fighting. Both Afghanistan and Pakistan […]