Det er lett å holde nede tallet på "collateral deaths" (sivile drept i militære angrep) når Obamas folk driver med uvanlig kreativ statistikk, fra NYT:
Mr. Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties that did little to box him in. It in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants, according to several administration officials, unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent.Obamas talsmann kan med slike krumspring lett påstå at "not a single noncombatant had been killed" i USAs droneangrep i Jemen. Prøver Obama å overgå Bush i bullshit?
Counterterrorism officials insist this approach is one of simple logic: people in an area of known terrorist activity, or found with a top Qaeda operative, are probably up to no good. “Al Qaeda is an insular, paranoid organization — innocent neighbors don’t hitchhike rides in the back of trucks headed for the border with guns and bombs,” said one official, who requested anonymity to speak about what is still a classified program.
Er du i nærheten der det er kamper? Da er du per def skyldig, sier Obama.