NEW YORK - The CIA drone strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born Al-Qaedas leader in Yemen, was one more demonstration of a "cheap, safe and precise tool" to eliminate its enemies that a leading US newspaper said was a "turning point" in the anti-terror campaign. Disillusioned by huge costs and uncertain outcomes in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Obama administration has "decisively embraced" the drone, along with small-scale lightning raids like the one that killed Osama bin Laden in May, as the future of the fight against terrorist networks, the New York Times said in a dispatch. The lessons of the big wars are obvious, Micah Zenko, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, who has studied the trade-offs, was quoted as saying. The cost in blood and treasure is immense, and the outcome is unforeseeable. Public support at home is declining toward rock bottom. And the people youve come to liberate come to resent your presence. The shift is also a result of shrinking budgets, which will no longer accommodate the deployment of large forces overseas at a rough annual cost of $1 million per soldier, the report said. With improvements in the technical capabilities of remotely piloted aircraft, Awlaki was tracked with live video on Yemeni tribal turf.