“Sometimes you hit innocent people, and I hate that, but we’re at war..” – Lindsey Graham
It was the first time a politician or any government representative had referred to a total number of fatalities in the drone strikes, which have been condemned by rights groups as extrajudicial assassinations.
The toll from hundreds of drone-launched missile strikes against suspected Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere has remained a mystery, as US officials refuse to publicly discuss any details of the covert campaign.
But Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a staunch supporter of the drone raids, openly cited a number that exceeds some independent estimates of the death toll.
“We’ve killed 4,700,” Mr Graham was quoted as saying by the Easley Patch, a local website covering the small town of Easley in South Carolina.
“Sometimes you hit innocent people, and I hate that, but we’re at war, and we’ve taken out some very senior members of Al-Qaeda,” Mr Graham told the Easley Rotary Club. …
I hate that too, Mr. Graham. Say, where is the proof that killing ( instead of capturing ) those supposed “very senior members of Al-Qaeda” saved any lives? Are those the same kind of “worst of the worst” we were told about who were held without trial for years and tortured in Gitmo, the kind who turned out to be children, old people, and anyone in the wrong place at the wrong time who got turned in for a bounty? Rather than saving lives, it seems to some of us that the killing of innocent people is part of a larger plan to create enemies the US military industrial complex needs to justify massive war spending. Seems to be working so far.