The almost weekly killing of terrorists in Yemen and Pakistan rarely make headlines. But when there are claims that innocent civilians have died in a rare drone strike mistake it creates news around the world.
The CIA pushed for and built the base; the White House clearly accepted it as a fine idea. An informal network of key media sources agreed that it really wasn't worth the bother to tell the American people just how stupidly their government was acting.
During his second term, President Obama may take action on vital domestic issues but he will also continue the war on terror with a bloated national security establishment and ferocious use of killer drones.
Sharif's children enjoyed their time in the prison garden. But they did not understand why Sharif could not leave with us. As we pulled away, I wondered: How many more families will we tear apart in Yemen in our misdirected zeal to keep ourselves safe?