LANGLEY, Va. — U.S. officials are shocked that a recent drone strike actually killed its intended target, Al Qaeda’s deputy leader, Abu Yahya al-libi.
“I don’t know what happened,” said CIA spokesperson James Petrie. “We were aiming at him, and we hit him. I don’t think any of us saw that coming.”
Since 2004, the United States has launched hundreds of drone attacks within Afghanistan and Pakistan as part of its highly touted ‘Say Something, I Dare You’ policy. According to a recent Stanford University study which places civilian deaths caused by drones at somewhere between 1,500 and 2,500, only 2 percent of those killed in such strikes are actual Al Qaeda targets.
“We think that with any luck, we’ll soon be approaching the 2 and a half percent range of target accuracy,” said Petrie. “One day we’ll get to 3, I just know it.”
President Obama acknowledged the program’s shortcomings, but remained a steadfast supporter. “Listen, the abysmal rate of accuracy is exactly the reason why we should continue to use this method of attack,” he said. “The deaths of a few thousand innocent civilians cannot be allowed to dictate our ability to do whatever we want.”