The Obama White House long ago wiped out any references to a “War on Terror”. Perhaps that is because it has been that same White House responsible for hundreds of acts of terror around the globe – some of which the New York Times now finally acknowledges. And where then, are the war protesters? The human rights activists? Hardly a word has been raised against the Obama administration’s rampant use of drone killings…
(Raise a glass to the deaths of at least 2500 people to Barack Obama’s highly secretive drone program)
EXCERPT: (via New York Times)
Election Spurred a Move to Codify U.S. Drone Policy
The matter may have lost some urgency after Nov. 6. But with more than 300 drone strikes and some 2,500 people killed by the Central Intelligence Agency and the military since Mr. Obama first took office, the administration is still pushing to make the rules formal and resolve internal uncertainty and disagreement about exactly when lethal action is justified.
…Partly because United Nations officials know that the United States is setting a legal and ethical precedent for other countries developing armed drones, the U.N. plans to open a unit in Geneva early next year to investigate American drone strikes.
…Shuja Nawaz, a Pakistan-born analyst now at the Atlantic Council in Washington, said the United States should start making public a detailed account of the results of each strike, including any collateral deaths, in part to counter propaganda from jihadist groups. “This is a grand opportunity for the Obama administration to take the drones out of the shadows and to be open about their objectives,” he said.
But the administration appears to be a long way from embracing such openness. The draft rule book for drone strikes that has been passed among agencies over the last several months is so highly classified, officials said, that it is hand-carried from office to office rather than sent by e-mail. LINK
The first thing to jump off the page from the New York Times article is the statistic of over 300 deadly drone strikes having been conducted by the Obama administration – resulting in the deaths of some 2500 people.
Then add to that fact the Obama administration remains highly secretive regarding the who, what, when, and why of those drone strikes. Do we wish to simply accept the alleged fact all of those 2500 deaths were terrorists? And what of the very high probability, due to just how secretive the Obama drone program is, that there have been likely far more than 2500 deaths? How many of those drone strikes were on incorrect targets? How many innocents have been killed? Women? Children? Have these drones been used to threaten and intimidate political leaders? And what of the emerging use of drones on American soil? At present, government officials claim they are simply meant to “monitor” citizens.
What we do know is this – Barack Obama has greatly expanded the use of military drones and is doing so with very little oversight. Drones were in use during the Benghazi terrorist attack that killed four Americans – the video of which remains top secret. Obama drones have been responsible for the deaths of at least 2500 people – again, with little to no oversight as to exactly who those deaths were. And not a word from war protesters and human rights activists was raised against Barack Obama during the years and months leading up to the election. Hardly a word from the Mainstream Media either.
I am reminded of a poem that seems sadly applicable to these very troubled times…
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
…And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
“Oh man…I wish I could see the world through your eyes for just a day…idealistic son-of-a-b-tch…No disrespect son…but you don’t know ME. You really don’t…you don’t know the things…you don’t know what I’m capable of…what…Jesus Lord…the things I’ve DONE.” -INSIDER