King Had a Dream. Obama Has a Drone

Obama’s Drone Policy Is Backfiring

John Glaser notes:

Michael Boyle, who was on Obama’s counter-terrorism advisory group in the run-up to the 2008 election, writes in a study for the Chatham House journal International Affairs that Obama abandoned his pledge to restore respect for the rule of law following the Bush administration.

Obama “has been just as ruthless and indifferent to the rule of law as his predecessor [maybe worse] … while President Bush issued a call to arms to defend ‘civilisation’ against the threat of terrorism, President Obama has waged his war on terror in the shadows, using drone strikes, special operations and sophisticated surveillance to fight a brutal covert war against al-Qaida and other Islamist networks,” Boyle writes.

The study concludes that the Obama administration has been “successful in spinning the number of civilian casualties” downward by counting all military-age males they kill as combatants. Civilian casualties are likely to be far higher than so far acknowledged, Boyle said, and government claims to the contrary are ”based on a highly selective and partial reading of the evidence.”

“The result of the ‘guilt by association’ approach has been a gradual loosening of the standards by which the US selects targets for drone strikes,” the study says.

“The consequences can be seen in the targeting of mosques or funeral processions that kill non-combatants and tear at the social fabric of the regions where they occur. No one really knows the number of deaths caused by drones in these distant, sometimes ungoverned, lands.”

Stanley McChrystal, the former military general that Obama fired after he made disparaging remarks about the President to a reporter, is also speaking out against the drone war now.

“What scares me about drone strikes is how they are perceived around the world,” McChrystal said in an interview. “The resentment created by American use of unmanned strikes…is much greater than the average American appreciates. They are hated on a visceral level, even by people who’ve never seen one or seen the effects of one.”

McChrystal added that drones exacerbate a “perception of American arrogance.”

The retired general has a history of bluntness in this respect. McChrystal has also explained matter-of-factly to the New York Times how the US military “have shot an amazing number of people [in Afghanistan], but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat.” He also, rather adroitly, explained the logic of what he called “insurgent math.” That is, “for every innocent person you kill, you create 10 new enemies.”

Boyle says there is an urgent need for greater transparency because most Americans remained “unaware of the scale of the drone programme…and the destruction it has caused in their name”.

He added that drones are having “adverse strategic effects” by causing hatred among the local populations where US bombs fall and also by ”encouraging a new arms race that will empower current and future rivals and lay the foundations for an international system that is increasingly violent.”

A report by researchers at the Stanford and NYU schools of law found in September that the drone program is “terrorizing” the people of Pakistan and that it is having “counterproductive” effects.

The US drone war in Pakistan not only kills and injures civilians, the report finds, but it traumatizes the population and has led people to keep their children home from school and to avoid any large grouping of people, however innocent. It also says the drone war has helped recruitment efforts of extremist groups like al-Qaeda.

Nice job creating more terroristsyou morons.

Obama might be our first black president, but – as William Banzai shows in graphic form – Obama is no Martin Luther King Jr:

I HAVE A DRONE by Colonel Flick


DRONE MAN (Slight Return)

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  • jo6pac

    Sadly a Great title

  • failedevolution

    Breaking: Former member of the armed guerilla group November 17th threatens to take action!

  • gozounlimited

    Now you get to die….. Freeze to death, starve to death, choke to death, or kick off after being flu bombed…… Doing it to yourself…… Flu outbreak in NY…..

  • Tonto

    From this conspiracy theorist propounding and patronizing article, ” Obama is no Martin Luther King Jr:”

    No shit, really? Obama is not MLK? But consider, Obama is in favor of legalizing dope, which is exceedingly popular here on the public banking blog that pits all the commonly uneducated, poorly read misfits and losers against the mythical 1% that hide in the shadows unnamed, pulling wires, so that everyone has a reason not to work. This blog is full of comment posters who get food stamps and smoke dope every day. God bless America! That’s freedom in America.

    Of course Obama is all for LEGALIZATION of dope. Obama would claim too many poor people were being fined for being caught with dope, if dope were merely decriminalized and it became a civil violation instead of being completely legal.

    Making dope a civil infraction, no, that isn’t enough for Obama. Obama is the great liberator for all this unmotivated potheads who linger about this blog drooling at the chance to express their asinine opinion about the miracle cures associated with dope. Did you know, according to this blog, dope makes you more intelligent? Yes, and it cures cancer too. Dope makes you healthy!

    All this is just like Obama’s solution for illegal immigration, legalize it. It wouldn’t be enough to kick the illegals out with a fine and a conspicuous tattoo across their forehead, as they are caught. Ask the illegals to legally apply for immigration next time. No. Obama wants to legalize illegal immigration. And Obama wants to legalize dope too. These are civil rights issues. Gimmie a break.

    That’s what freedom is about for Obama and the morons posting on this socialist, public banking, anti-war blog. In his idea of a free society Obama thinks you should be able illegally immigrate into the country, and have your dope too. Obama thinks it should be legal for the dopers of the world to walk around with enough legal dope in their pockets to get every kid in town stoned on Friday and Saturday night.

    Hands off! This is a civil right according to the group of clowns who frequent this blog.

    • Nic108

      You’re a fool, Tonto.