WASHINGTON - A former top US intelligence official Tuesday criticized the excessive use of US drones in Pakistan, saying over-reliance on the controversial campaign was a myopic way of dealing with a long-term problem.“I think that our use of drones in Pakistan has to be consistent with the international law and the laws of war and so on,” Dennis Blair, a former director of National Intelligence, said.He was speaking in a conference call with reporters along with Council on Foreign Relations expert Micah Zenko following the release of Zenko’s new study “Reforming US Drone Strike Policies.” US drone policy became even murkier this week, when the administration announced the CIA-led arm of the operation would be exempt from a new, stringent slate of regulations governing US counterterrorism operations being drafted by the White House. The exemption will allow CIA-led drone strikes in Pakistan to continue unfettered, while the new White House regulations will guide how the administration proceeds with its armed drone campaign, according to the Washington Post. Those regulations include how the administration adds names to its so-called "kill list" for drone attacks, outlines the legal principles that govern when US citizens can be targeted overseas and the sequence of approvals required when the CIA or US military conducts drone strikes outside war zones, the Post said. Blair, a retired admiral who served as DNI from January 2009 to May 2010, said, instead the US should offer Pakistan cooperation in establishing law and order in the tribal areas and offer to let go the unilateral drones in exchange for a “combined” effort against militancy with the imposition of regular Pakistani laws.“We should strive for a long term strategy (to contain the threat in northwest Pakistan) ------ 'there is way too much of this: Oh drones are the best game in town and we are really killing them' --- this is a very short-term, myopic view of what is going to be a long-term problem,” Blair said in response to a question.Blair likened the drones to long-range snipers and said drones should be used like other weapons under normal laws of war.Both Blair and Micah agreed that a "playbook", reportedly being drafted by the Obama administration to set strict rules to govern future drone strikes on foreign soils, should be transparent beyond the executive authority. Both felt that the US was in a disadvantageous position by not publicly speaking about the strikes.Micah said if the strict rules on drone strikes were not to be applied to Pakistan, such a playbook would be “essentially meaningless” because 85 percent of the targeted killings in non-battlefield areas occur in Pakistan.Micah also said no country in Europe supports the use of drones and in his study urged Washington to reform the controversial program by making it’s use more accountable, transparent and legally acceptable.“Reforming US Drone Strike Policies,” a report by Council on Foreign Relations Fellow Micah Zenko, argues that the United States should end the so-called signature strikes, which target unidentified militants based on their behaviour patterns and personal networks.The study, coming on the heels of media reports that the Obama administration is drafting a playbook to guide future use of drones, recommends restricting targeted killings to a limited number of specific terrorists with transnational ambitions.