" But at least with drones far, far fewer people (collateral) get killed. Is that an improvement?" Probably, with the caveats that those currently on the receiving end have long memories, drone technology is rapidly becoming widely disseminated, and, as always, what goes around comes around.
"ALL WAR IS PRETTY GHASTLY. Face it, accept it, and get on with life."
A hard reality that the civilian population of the US has been sheltered from, with the exception of the South during our civil war. If they ever have to suffer the way countless other civilian populations have suffered down thru the centuries, perhaps our pollies will be forced to cease their Wyatt Earp grandstanding in other countries and there will be no further need for drones or any of the other diabolical goodies that we waste so much brainpower devising, thereby depriving us of precious talent that could be far better employed solving not only our own problems, but those of humaity at large.
"And tell the pollies to stop grandstanding on the world stage pretending they have the right to act as global sherrifs."
+1 Patience, Roger. IMO, it won't take too many more hard lessons for the American public to figure that out, if their reaction to Obama's threat to bomb Syria is any indication. As
Churchill once commented: America can always be counted on to do the right thing; after it has exhausted all the alternatives". ;0)