Via Rising Hegemon, in a post called At What Price?
There was never any doubt that eventually the moral vacancy of the US Drone program would be put in the starkest light:
An American military airstrike in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border was reported to have killed 18 people, including at least one senior Taliban commander but also women and children, raising the thorny issue of civilian casualties for the third time in roughly a week.
Of those 18 reported deaths, 11 were children.
But I'm sure reportedly getting that one senior Taliban commander TOTALLY offsets killing 11 children. Another American success.We kinda sorta turn our heads and pretend that the drone strike program is one of those necessary evils in a tough world where there are bad guys.
But you and I just killed some children.
No, we didn't pull the trigger ourselves but we are responsible nonetheless. The truth is that when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. So the mere existence of a drone strike program practically guarantees that it will be used...and there will be "collateral damage."