John here. Last Sunday I got to go to Washington, DC to speak with Rafiq ur Rehman and his two children about a strike (almost certainly from a US drone) that killed his mother last year. Rafiq, his son Zubair, and his daughter Nabeela were all incredibly kind and generous with their time. I wrote about it for RS’s website.
US foreign policy is, for most of us, totally abstract. The other part of my piece focuses on Brandon Bryant, a former drone operator who has come forward to challenge the legitimacy of how the current drone program operates. For Brandon, Rafiq, Zubair, and Nabeela, none of this is an abstraction.
I’d love it if you took a minute to read my piece, read their stories, and share if you’d like.