Afghan President Hamid Karzai once again made clear his opposition to the use of air attacks in the war in Afghanistan against the Taliban. He issued a statement that “under no conditions can Afghan forces request foreign air strikes on Afghan homes” or villages. The aim is to reduce “collateral damage” which, in plain English, means the death of innocent men, women and children while in the process of killing some Taliban leaders. One must wonder how President Obama reacts to this announcement.
A bottom line is while drones DO kill militant leaders, they ALSO result in the death of innocent people. President Obama continually insists the “evidence” is that drone attacks only kill the bad guys. Since no human group actually investigates dead bodies, how can he conclusively make this assertion?