In addition to what McChrystal says, another danger of becoming too reliant on drones to extinguish terrorists is that just blowing up these clowns DOESN’T DO ANYTHING for securing more information on terrorist plots. Drones have their place and sometimes there are no other options.
But relying too heavily on drones overlooks the need, just as important as wiping an individual out, and perhaps more important, to secure human intelligence on plots . . . which is snatch and grab stuff, a talent that will go by the wayside if we think drones are the panacea.
When a professional exterminator comes to your house, he looks for where the critters nest (analogous to securing information about a terrorist plot from a LIVE terrorist), and THEN exterminates. He just doesn’t go spraying Raid when he sees one. In fact, you can spray Raid every time you see a cockroach (analogous to drone missions against an individual), and as long as their nesting area is secure (analogous to terrorist plots), they can reproduce (analogous to carrying out a plot.)
When possible, keep the terrorists alive and get the information out of them . . . at least before you exterminate them.
Of course, if they’re afforded a Constitutional defense as if they were US citizens (as liberals are proposing), that information is much harder, sometimes impossible, to get out of them.
And before some liberal pops in here and claims I’m suggesting violating their Constitutional rights . . . THEY HAVE NONE!!! THEY ARE ENEMY COMBATANTS, and as such are not entitled to US rights. Their trials and “rights” are appropriately dealt with by a MILITARY COURT, not in some civil venue, like NYC, where they can use the trial as a soapbox for their twisted extremism.