After The Terrorist Attacks On September 11, 2001, The

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After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the United States has engaged in the global war against terrorism. One of the ways that the United States has engaged in this war is through drone strikes. Drones, otherwise less commonly known as UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) or RPAs (Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems) are the subject of debate all around the globe. They were pioneered by former president George W. Bush and became more popular by the use of former president Barack Obama. Drone strikes are most frequently performed in the Middle East and in South Asia. There are many reasons for controversy on the use of the weapon. One of the reasons that it is so controversial as a weapon is that many are unsure as to if the pros of its…show more content…
Often, they kill low value targets. Reuters reported that between 2008 and 2010 only 14 of the 500 combatants killed during this timeframe were top-tier military combatants (Entous 1). That means that only 3% of the targets killed by drones through that timeframe were highly ranked officials in these terrorist organizations. This brings into question the magnitude and price of the collateral damage from these strikes, that these drones are meant to minimize in the first place. As reports and interviews about the drone strikes are released by the press, more and more information is gathered and more statistics can be developed. An example is the Obama Administration’s “targeted killing”. Many argue that this killing is not so accurate. A report released stating that throughout a specific time frame, that attempts to kill 41 combatants ended up costing the lives of 1,147 people (Friedersdorf 1). This means that the Obama Administration’s supposedly “accurate” drones only have a 4% accuracy (for that given period of time). In 2009, in Yemen, a cruise missile struck and killed 41 civilians, 22 of which were children and 14 of which were women. In the aftermath, three more died from “unexploded munitions” (Shane 1). This “collateral damage,” as many civilian casualties had been called, has caused more problems than it has solved by incurring a very strong
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