Much better than trying to get them to join the peace process. Washington Post:
The Obama administration has launched the opening salvos of a new, more aggressive approach toward an Afghan insurgent group it asserts is supported by Pakistan's government, senior administration officials said.
A CIA drone strike Thursday killed three members of the Haqqani network, including a senior official, and additional strikes Friday left four insurgents dead. The attacks in Pakistan were carried out near Haqqani headquarters in the North Waziristan capital of Miran Shah, a city rarely targeted in the past because of the difficulty of finding well-concealed insurgent leaders and the possibility of civilian deaths in an urban area.
Early Saturday, drone-fired U.S. missiles hit a compound in neighboring South Waziristan, killing six suspected militants, the Associated Press reported. Pakistani intelligence officials said the militants belonged to a group led by Maulvi Nazir, who is accused of working with the Taliban and al-Qaeda to direct cross-border attacks in Afghanistan.
The decision to strike Miran Shah was made at a National Security Council meeting chaired by President Obama two weeks ago and was intended to "send a signal" that the United States would no longer tolerate a safe haven for the most lethal enemy of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, or Pakistan's backing for it, said one of several U.S. officials who spoke about internal deliberations on the condition of anonymity.
The strikes were made possible by focusing intelligence collection to "allow us to pursue certain priorities," the official said. The senior Haqqani figure, Janbaz Zadran, was selected along with other targets to "demonstrate how seriously we take the Miran Shah" threat.
The drone strikes have stirred up a hornets nest in Pakistan as anti-American demonstrations broke out across the country. As long as the Pakistan government and military allow these terrorists to operate freely in their country, we should increase the number of strikes to put maximum pressure on Haqqani and other terrorist networks.
The Pakistanis are hopeless. Time we recognized that fact and proceeded with protecting our troops and doing our best to lay the groundwork to make Afghanistan as secure as we can make it before we exit the country.