Obama at #SOTU 2013: "[O]ur war in Afghanistan will be over"


The end of the Afghan War is coming and the President appears intent on withdrawing the U.S. combat force down by the agreed upon date of 2014. The horizon of this timeable is now visible.


What remains unanswered is how this will affect the U.S. Drone Program as it continues to operate in Afghanistan and the region.


The questions that are unanswered are:


1. How will continued drone strikes affect U.S. troops in Afghanistan during the ongoing withdrawal from the Afghan theater?


2. How will the U.S. Drone Program continue once we hit 2014?


3. What will be the long term implications of the U.S. Drone Program in Pakistan and Afghanistan for U.S. security interests?


These are the things that President Obama leaves us hanging with.