Neither the American government nor the independent agencies have the consistent presence on the ground needed to put together true assessments of the damage drone strikes do. Most of the evidence is third-hand, whispered from a local soldier to a far-off reporter. The death toll claims, which vary wildly, are all educated guesswork.
The article goes on talking about the White House's claims from the NY Times that civilian death counts are in the single digit but as per usual the Gov't is lying and at best the politicians don't know the real body counts because not only is the information about the drone strike aftermath limited and shaky but the strikes themselves are compartmentalized and secret. So the Obama administration doesn't even have full knowledge of whats being hit and not. There are those who know, or at least have a better idea, but they don't talk about their missions.
The article goes on and makes other great points such as a drone strike gone wrong in Pakistan, ie civilians killed and/or property destroyed, and there is NO restitution paid to the Pakistanis. Not only that, but if you're a young male living in an area that the many many drones are constantly patrolling then you are considered a suspect by default.
The article is a real eye opener and should give any American an idea of what's to come to a sky near them real soon.
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edit on 29-9-2012 by Swills because: (no reason given)