Patrick Walsh gives us one of an infinity of examples of Americans Special Pleading their way into supporting innocent people dying, and them being used as means to an end, which is evil.
A thought experiment: If this statement had been referencing some kind of domestic war on drugs, and the senator was referring to Americans when he said: “We’ve killed 4,700. Sometimes you hit innocent people, and I hate that, but we’re at war, and we’ve taken out some very senior members of [insert cartel/gang here]” This would be on every news channel as a leading story, reviling the Senator for his lack of care or respect for the lives of American citizens. Not to mention it would constitute political suicide. This differentiation in audience response is simply because the men, women and children murdered were not American citizens… The point being, that these foreign lives have become the means to an end, determined by the interests of a small group of men, remotely.