Berto Jongman: US Drone Strike Death Numbers — At What Cost? + Drone Meta-RECAP

Corruption, Government, Military
Berto Jongman

Being read in Europe.

Counting Drone Strike Deaths

Columbia Law School, Human Rights Clinic

October 2012

Read full report (PDF 36 Pages)

Phi Beta Iota:  At a unit cost of $36.8 million (but with a total program cost of $11.8 billion), one has to question the true cost and practical return on investment of this program, never mind the cultural, ideological, political, and social costs.  Assuming a $10 billion total cost (actually must more across different programs and supporting agencies), with 1,000 “valid” targets (never mind collateral damage or the probability that fewer than a 100 were worthy of bullet but not a Hellfire), that comes to $10 million cost per individual human target.  While significantly better than the $50 million cost per individual Taliban body, the disconnect between means, ways, and ends is provocative of reflection.

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