The logic of drones seems impeccable. Using unimpeachable intelligence, the precise location of a “high-value target” is identified. The intelligence service relays precise coordinates of the target’s location to a drone operator in New Mexico who then fires up an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) near, say, Pakistan, which flies directly to the target and unleashes a smart bomb, one which surgically strikes its target. A bad guy is killed without collateral damage and with no loss of U.S. life.
If only it were so.
Recent reports by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch tell a different story. Our drones have killed countless innocent civilians and terrorized young children; and they have proven vastly more effective than Al Qaeda in turning Muslims against the United States.