There isn’t an argument against the rich blowback potential of drone strikes in Waziristan or missile strikes in Afghanistan that isn’t also an argument against the same thing in Yemen. We can’t have a real conversation about sustainable counterterrorism that revolves around two poles and two poles alone:

1. Ground-force heavy counterinsurgency with heavy political involvement; and

2. Ground-force light/absent aerial bombardment, redolent with the risk of exacerbating radicalization, with with minimal/absent political involvement.