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PacerLJ35 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 05:29 PM
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83. Common misperception I keep seeing...
That these "drones" (actually UAVs, because technically drones are self-directed...) are manned by USAF crews for the most part, and they have to go through a very rigorous targeting process and receive approval and meet several criteria before the trigger is pulled. They don't just go around blasting anything that moves just for the fuck-all fun of it.

If civilian deaths occur, it's usually because:

1. The casualties are mostly fighters but AQ/Taliban, whatever, claims massive civilian casualties for propaganda value
2. The civilians weren't known to be in proximity of the target (ie, the Pred driver checked for civilians and didn't find any, but unfortunately you can't see everywhere)
3. The target was of such a high value or our own troops were in such imminent danger that the risk of civilian casualties is assumed by the US.

I will also state that case #3 is becoming rarer...US troops on the ground used to call for airstrikes and get what they wanted. Nowadays, in many cases troops are asking for air support and it's getting denied for fear of creating more civilian casualties....ie, command and control says "sorry, suck it up because we can't risk killing any civilians. Hope you guys make it out alive".
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