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Either way we risk killing plenty of innocents, either way there is a cost (granted the former is far less than the latter,) and either way there is the consequence of ensuring plenty of future generations consider the US as untrustworthy hypocrites.
For the purposes of this discussion there is no real way to ensure that these hostages would have survived a drone strike, a risky extraction process, paying some ransom or agreeing to some condition, or otherwise. The harsh reality is there is no guarantee once we are talking about al Qaeda or ISIS held hostages, no matter what we do.
That does not make the drone strike right, just means we have an even bigger problem to discuss here that boils down to a foreign policy that gets us into significant problems.
"Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people." - Penn Jillette.