US Losing Millions on Failed Drone Attacks
August 15, 2011
Washington, DC — A report conducted by the Defense Accountability Foundation has found that drone attacks conducted in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2003 have wasted hundreds of millions of US tax dollars by dropping bombs on targets that have never posed a threat to the United States.
“Every time we drop a bomb that lands on a school or hospital we literally waste millions of dollars that could have gone towards destroying Taliban strongholds.” Said General Dimitri Collins who has been head of northwestern Afghanistan commands since 2009.
While some are skeptical of these findings the military itself admitted in an August 2011 press release that a bomb dropped over northwest Pakistan last May killed an initially impressive 302 people until an investigation revealed that only five of the 302 killed were considered hostile. The other 297 were civilians attending an annual fair celebrating the coming of Summer. The total cost for this mission? 3.4 million dollars. That means that the US tax payer paid $680,000 for every insurgent killed in the attack.
“Every hard working American should be outraged by these numbers.” Said Sam Mertins who runs a blog with the intent of holding the US government accountable for it’s spending. “It makes me sick to think that my children’s children will be paying off debt from buying bombs that were mostly wasted killing women and children when that money could have been used to bomb terrorists.”