The indiscriminate killings/executions of supposed Taliban leaders, and members, which turn out to be innocent civilians instead, demonstrates the deficiency in this policy of extra-judicial killing on the part of the American government, and military. Any doubt about whether those killed were actually, and secretly colluding with the Taliban, or now Daesh/ISIS/ISIL, is used many times in the US’s justification for using this policy in their supposed War on Terror, since to the Americans any shred of evidence against those killed is seen as actual evidence of guilt.
The Obama administration has even authorized the killing of any Americans seen as colluding with the Sunni extremist groups, Taliban, and now Daesh/ISIS/ISIL in particular, which goes against basic American law statutes, and the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles [UAVs] are the automated means, and now preferred means, of attacking suspected Taliban and insurgent targets in both Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Middle East. Because of faulty intelligence, many times innocent people are killed, or seriously injured, which the military quaintly, and euphemistically refers to as collateral damage.
The Rules of Engagement are what normally dictate how and when such lethal force can be used, but this is not properly followed as is demonstrated by the thousands of innocent people who have become permanently injured, or killed, by these UAVs.
What has become of the use of facial recognition technology, and other sophisticated technological identification means?
Does the US military even use such technology to minimize their killing, and injuring of those innocents caught up in the so-called War on Terror?
What is clear is that there has been enough excessive force that has hurt, or killed innocent non-combatants, that there has been a clear violation of the very military code governing these drone attacks.
There are the ‘Rules of Engagement’, which dictates where and when such lethal force can be used, though when it has taken place in Pakistan, it violates the sovereignty of that nation, and that of places like Yemen and elsewhere. When these UAVs or drones have caused injury or death to children, the grievousness is so outrageous as to be beyond criminal.
It also has only served to strengthen the resolve of insurgents, since causing the death or injury to innocents only makes for a whole new generation that is willing to fight the infidel in their midst. By extension of logic, this legalized premeditated murder allows for an equal, if not a greater response to it by those being victimized by it. The supposed good guy has become the terrorist, using their overgrown boy toys to reign destruction and terror down on the innocents more often than the guilty. In this context, those previously seen as the terrorists could be seen as defending themselves now if they respond in places like mainland Europe.
Faulty intelligence is no excuse to justify the indiscriminate killing, and injuring of those who have nothing to do with the Taliban, or Daesh/ISIS/ISIL or Al Qaeda. Innocent casualties from these highly technical cowardly machines is illegal if you really dig deep into international law, and not one of the presidential candidates has spoken out about them during the current campaign. You cannot snuff out an ideology by targeted killings when those very killings then add more recruits to the ranks of the existent resistance. Just as the Phoenix Program was a dismal failure in Vietnam, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to predict that this new kind of assassination program will completely fail in its objective. It in essence already has failed, driving so many as it has into the arms of the Taliban, and groups in Yemen and elsewhere in the Middle East.
It is truly clear that there needs to be a rethinking of military strategy, besides foreign policy in the losing proposition that is called the War on Terror. This whole insanity of sending unmanned aerial vehicles to targeted assassinations is cowardly, and morally reprehensible, going completely against traditional military actions of the past, only causing resentment and hatred from those who lose beloved family members, without so much as an apology from the US military or government, or reparations to the innocent families, like in Pakistan, where the Pakistan government has become increasingly hostile towards the US, and seeing them as extremely arrogant to the extreme.
Pakistan has lost over 200,000 innocent civilians and over 35,000 armed forces in a war which Pakistan has got nothing to do with it.
However you cut it, this continued campaign of using drones for highly illegal assassinations, that only wind up killing countless innocents, and maiming others, including children will only serve to radicalize even more average people, drawing them into the ranks of the Taliban, and groups like Al Qaeda, and Daesh/ISIS/ISIL.
If anything, the US has been a deliberate creator of terrorism, committing acts of terrorism itself unimpeded, and without consciousness, so, in the end, there is little to no difference between Al Qaeda/Daesh/Taliban than there is compared to Uncle Sam’s military and intelligence apparatus. You reap what you sow, and as the Soviets learned, the US will eventually get its butt kicked right out of Afghanistan, and Pakistan, especially remembering that that the latter has nuclear weapons a plenty.