7,286. 11/12/2008

“CIA drones killed ‘many Westerners, including some U.S. passport holders’ in Pakistan’s tribal area during the George W. Bush administration, the new book by Bob Woodward [‘Obama’s Wars’] says. Woodward, a longtime Washington Post journalist, writes in ‘Obama’s Wars’ that then-CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden disclosed the killings to Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari during a meeting in New York on Nov. 12, 2008. …Hayden and his deputy, Stephen Kappes, had gone to meet with Zardari, elected only two months earlier, to gauge his reaction to the drone strikes, which were generating widespread protests in Pakistan. According to Woodward’s unattributed account of the meeting, Zardari said, ‘Kill the seniors. Collateral damage worries you Americans. It does not worry me.’ ”

 – Jeff Stein, “CIA Drones killed U.S. Citizens in Pakistan, Book Says,” The Washington Post, Sep. 22, 2010

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