"When I visited Nasser after Abdulrahman was killed, he showed me the boy’s Colorado birth certificate, which states that he was born in 1995 in Denver. “When he was killed by the US government, he was a teenager; he wasn’t 21. He wouldn’t have been able to enlist in the military in the US. He was 16,” Nasser told me. Days after the killing of Abdulrahman, the United States released a statement, as usual feigning ignorance about who was responsible for the strike, even though “unnamed officials” in the United States and Yemen had confirmed it."
Drones are terrible, terrible counterterrorism policy, and both Left and Right are responsible for this crap. It isn’t enough to hate war or only act when absolutely pressed. That leads to the kind of carelessness where missiles are shot at a 16 year old American citizen who has no record of anything like jihadi activity. And it obviously does no good to love war, either.
Is it too much to ask for responsible leaders? People who don’t just make hard choices, but work to make the best choice?