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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