Drones have become a predisposed style of warfare today for the US military despite their clear shortfalls. An article by Paul Craig Roberts summarizes the book "Kill Chain: The Rise Of The High-Tech Assassins," by Alexander Cockburn.
Drones lead to indiscriminate murder of innocent civilians and even our own troops. Roberts defines the military strategy as more of assassination than combat.
The book contains failed reconnaissance provided by a drone in Afghanistan leading to waves of Navy Seals and Army Rangers taking fire despite a drone reporting no enemy presence. Older troop support spy planes have been phased out and when used outperform expensive drones, "The Air Force admitted that the 50-year old U-2 could fly higher and in bad weather and take better pictures." Lucrative military contracts and decreased personnel danger promotes the perpetuation of this failed strategy of drones. Pentagon data reveal a 75% mission failure rate, nonetheless the Air Force is forced to buy them.
Another twisted strategy is the use of assassination to attempt drawing high value target leadership to funerals which are then targeted assuming success of eliminating valued targets. The book opens with a group of innocent people willfully defined as enemy troops en route to attack US personnel, as revealed by drone operators conversation, thus they were blown to pieces. As far back as Vietnam an indigenous tribe was relentless bombed since motion sensors were placed in their territory.
Such a twisted strategy sounds effective only to breed hatred towards the US. Which is great if you want to promote business demand. Like how a dentist invented cotton candy. Roberts sums it up by saying: "What the US military has done in Afghanistan and Iraq is to create far more enemies than it has killed. Every time high-tech killing murders a village gathering, a wedding or funeral, or villagers on the way to the capital, which is often, the US creates hundreds more enemies. This is why after 14 years of killing in Afghanistan, the Taliban now control most of the country. This is why Islamist warriors have carved a new country out of Syria and Iraq despite eight years of American sacrifice in Iraq estimated by Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes to have cost Americans a minimum of $3 trillion. The total failure of the American way of war is obvious to all, but the system rolls on autonomously.
There is a great story of retired general used to fight a supposedly fixed fight with a high-tech deck stacked against him. The high-tech forces suffered a massive defeat. The battle was refought with further one-sided rules until the hi-tech forces could not lose, these details of the fixed fight were classified. Reminds me of the movie Pentagon Wars, based on a true story, where the failure that is the Bradley Tank became an overbudget joke in itself with a slew of insane and contradictory add-ons, originally being a light armored personnel carrier. The fixed testing was a fraud to make it "success on paper".