We keep hearing the "if you investigate/prosecute officials in DOJ on torture than the CIA will be timid and risk averse" story.
It's worth keeping in mind that as some folks wring their hands over what effect looking at torture memos in DOJ will have on aggressiveness, the CIA's drone program is racking up bodies left, right and center in ways and against targets that the Bush administration would not touch with a ten foot poll.
The drones are inching ever-closer to Quetta, where the Afghan Taliban are hosted by Pakistani intelligence.
In other words, we are credibly threatening to shoot missiles that will kill numerous Pakistani military/intelligence officials.
And I wouldn't be surprised if at the end of 4 years, the CIA's AQ/Taliban body count compares favorably with those of Bush's 8 years.
It's never mentioned somehow.
But this belongs in the discussion when folks bemoan the potential for a "culture of risk aversion in the CIA" taking hold.