Skip to comments.Obama's Increased Use of Death From the Skies, Where's the Anti-War Left?
Posted on 04/07/2010 11:09:14 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
The Washington Think Tank New America Foundation has been reporting on drone strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq for quite some time and its tally of kills by U.S. drones reveals an interesting thing. It shows that drone kills under President Obama are far and away higher than those under Bush.
Reliable numbers of those killed by U.S. drones are obviously hard to come by. Strikes are deep in unfriendly territory and subject to obfuscation by both a U.S. government that isn't too keen on reporting kills as well as its enemies that try to downplay the strikes in order to discredit their effectiveness. Because of this the NAF reports a range between which the truth may lie.
For instance, in these first few months of 2010 NAF reports that so far between 141 and 240 people have been killed by U.S. predator drones. This includes "collateral damage" as well as the deaths of actual terrorists...
Read the rest at Publiusforum.com...
It’s good when Obammy kills...because it is!
Obozo has only continued Bush’s defense policies.
WAR AS PURE POLITICS. Obama’s number one foreign policy issue in the ‘08 campaign was that Afghanistan was the good war, Iraq the bad war. Therefore, Obama has to win in Afghanistan and win it quickly to say “I was right.” Don’t be confused. OBAMA would never institute military action independent of this war that is politically GOOD. See Iran.
Also, where’s the news media on 10% (a modest estimate) unemployment? Can you imagine the constant drumbeat if a Republican was in the White House?
One very big advantage the Obama administration has is that it can carry out these military campaigns without facing much criticism in the media. Let's face it -- Barack Obama would face far less criticism for immolating several million Afghans or Pakistanis in a nuclear strike than George W. Bush faced for Abu Ghraib.
Bill Clinton used to rely heavily on airstrikes, also.
This is the general modus operandii for anti-war liberals who get a wake-up call once they’re elected. They finally get intelligence briefings and realize the necessity of the wars they’ve been complaining about ... but lack the stones to fully commit and risk ground troop losses. So, they drop bombs from drones or strike from Naval vessels that are hundreds of miles away.
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