The resentment created by American use of unmanned strikes … is much greater than the average American appreciates. … They are hated on a visceral level, even by people who’ve never seen one or seen the effects of one
and don’t forget his unforgettable comments from 2010 (in reference to checkpoint shootings by US and NATO troops):
We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat.
Hearts and minds.