I think this is significant.
- It's the first strike since the speech.
- It's the first strike since the Pak elections
- It happened inside Pak
- It took out a big player
From what the early reports say; it couldn't have gone better. No reports of anything but dead Talibs and the 2IC to boot.
I posted on this a while back. RPVs ("Drones") provide the most effective and safe (for everyone) way for us to prosecute this war against religious fascism and to provide to Afghan the best possible chance at going it alone (whether they can or will is something we can only help; not guarantee).
Almost all of the denunciations we hear about this tactic presents itself publicly as concern for innocent casualties and/or recruiting more Jihadis. The reality IMO, is that what these voices actually mean is we shouldn't be there at all. Why? "Drones" have proven to be an order of magnitude better at reducing civilian casualties than the high altitude laser guided bombing and tomahawk attacks they have replaced. More dead Talibs. Less innocent casualties. Less outraged and grieving relatives of the innocents. I am not blind to the fact that use of weapons, no matter how careful, will sometimes result in innocents dying. Either you accept this, or you say that prosecuting war is never justified.
There's nothing 'wrong' about being against the war in Afghanistan. But if you're going to criticize the use of RPVs you need to construct a moral and intellectual case against their use, outside of a general opposition to the war.