Malala Yousafzai confronts President Obama on drone strikes
Last week, Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking out in favor of women’s education in Pakistan, met with President Obama at the White House. At the meeting she offered some sharp criticism of The United States’ drone program, something she has experienced firsthand:
In a meeting that included first lady Michelle Obama, the young activist challenged one of Obama’s premier counterterrorism strategies.
“I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism,” she said in a statement released today. “Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact.”