A week ago drone planes blasted away at Taliban forces and the result was not only death for the bad guys but for innocent Afghan civilians who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Taliban forces are not stupid. They hid among civilians in a small town in Logar province forcing NATO and US forces to choose between killing them, letting them get away or killing them along with civilians. Afghan President Karzai is furious at the death of innocent civilians. It is too bad he is not as furious at the corrupt people around him.
US military headquarters announced a new policy that imposes restrictions in “the use of air-delivered munitions against insurgents within civilian dwellings.” The new policy makes sense and it makes nonsense. Reality is that civilian deaths can not be completely avoided given the madness of Taliban forces who seek to have civilians die.