Al-Qaeda is a nasty, brutish, criminal organization which has killed a lot of innocent people.
In May 2009, in a testimony to US Congress, US Advisor to Gen. David Kilmulllen, asked the Obama Administration to call off the drone attacks stating, “We have been able to kill only 14 senior Al Qaeda leaders since 2006 and in the same period, killed over 700 Pakistani civilians.”
There is absolutely no positive way you can spin a failure rate like that. So they don’t even try. The interested individual can find these stories online,but he has to go searching for them. The news outlets bury the stories if they report them at all, because they are subservient to the State.
In the most recent installment where 20 people were killed, the death toll includes 4 women and 3 children. Guess they just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, right? The headlines tend to emphasize that 13 militants were killed, but let’s be real, here: 13 suspected militants,were summarily executed by an unmanned drone so that their accusers never had to present evidence in a court of law.
According to Reuters, “US officials say the drones are a highly effective weapon against militant groups. But civilian casualties in the strikes have angered Pakistanis,” but this “highly effective weapon” hasn’t really gotten any high profile terrorists since Baitulla Mehsud (a year ago), and has an alarming propensity to kill indiscriminately, most reports indicating that between 30 and 40% of those killed in drone strikes are objectively non-combatants.