“Even when operators target specific individuals — the most focused effort of what U.S. President Barack Obama calls “targeted killing” — they kill vastly more people than their targets, often needing to strike multiple times.” He cites the example of Qari Hussain, a deputy commander of the Pakistani Taliban who was killed by a missile fired by one of Obama’s Predator drones, but only after five previous attempts against him, killing 28 innocent people, 13 of them children.
Rall points out that targeting Hussain is in violation of a 30-year-old executive order banning political assassinations, and the long-standing U.S. political tradition prohibiting such actions.
He adds that l-Qaida leader Ayman Zawahiri has survived two drone attacks that killed 76 children and 29 adults and ends:
Every single day — even as you read this — drones are stalking and killing innocent people in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere.
They’re doing this in your name, using weapons systems you paid for.