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Trump Just Rescinded Obama’s Order on Drone Strikes – The Atlantic

Posted by M. C. on March 15, 2019

It is nevertheless disheartening––as a longtime critic of America’s program of lethal drone strikes––to assess the state of the policy debate in Washington, D.C.

It is felt in some corners that civilian deaths likely recruit more terrorists than are killed.

I wonder if the drone jockeys stationed mid-America even have a clue as to whom they are killing. I wonder what kind of people get satisfaction from a job like that. It is likely better not knowing.

At one point I read about discord among some drone pilots. Oddly that seems to have been squashed.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/03/trump-drone-strikes-order/584326/

After seven years spent presiding over many hundreds of secretive, extrajudicial CIA killings, President Barack Obama signed a 2016 executive order intended to increase transparency and reduce the “tragic” deaths of civilians. The order required the release each May 1 of the number of drone strikes undertaken by the United States “against terrorist targets outside areas of active hostilities,” along with “assessments of combatant and non-combatant deaths.”

In theory, the American public would finally know how many innocents were being killed outside of Iraq and Afghanistan, stoking anti-American sentiment and the possibility of blowback in multiple countries where no war was declared.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump rescinded that short-lived reporting requirement. As Charlie Savage observed in The New York Times, “Mr. Trump’s revocation of the disclosure rule amounted to a belated acknowledgment that his administration had already changed the Obama policy in practice: The director of national intelligence never put out a report about bystander casualties in 2017.” Although the Pentagon is still required by statute to disclose civilian casualties from its ongoing combat operations, Savage explained, that law doesn’t cover lethal CIA drone strikes…

The Democratic Party purports to regard him as a morally depraved, power-hungry opportunist who lacks wisdom, judgment, and restraint, rendering him unfit for high office. But it won’t push to strip him of the ability to unilaterally kill an indeterminate number of people in various countries where we are not at war.

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The Rutherford Institute :: Jackboots in the Morning: No One Is Spared From This American Nightmare |

Posted by M. C. on January 30, 2019

If you’re wondering why the Education Department needs a SWAT team, you’re not alone.

they always shoot the dogs first

https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/jackboots_in_the_morning_no_one_is_spared_from_this_american_nightmare

By John W. Whitehead

This is jackboots in the morning. This is an American nightmare that they would arrest somebody like this.”—Judge Andrew Napolitano

The American Police State does not discriminate.

Whatever dangerous practices you allow the government to carry out now—whether it’s in the name of national security or protecting America’s borders or making America great again—rest assured, these same practices can and will be used against you when the government decides to set its sights on you.

We’ve been having this same debate about the perils of government overreach for the past 50-plus years, and still we don’t seem to learn, or if we learn, we learn too late.

For too long now, the American people have allowed their personal prejudices and politics to cloud their judgment and render them incapable of seeing that the treatment being doled out by the government’s lethal enforcers has remained consistent, no matter the threat.

All of the excessive, abusive tactics employed by the government today—warrantless surveillance, stop and frisk searches, SWAT team raids, roadside strip searches, asset forfeiture schemes, private prisons, indefinite detention, militarized police, etc.—will eventually be meted out on the general populace.

At that point, when you find yourself in the government’s crosshairs…

Take Roger Stone, one of President Trump’s longtime supporters, for example. Read the rest of this entry »

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The War That Time Forgot

Posted by M. C. on August 27, 2017

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/25/the-war-that-time-forgot/

If it’s Independence Day, then you can count on John McCain to be bunkered down in a remote outpost of the Empire growling for the Pentagon to unleash airstrikes on some unruly nation, tribe or gang. This July the Fourth found McCain making a return engagement to Kabul, an arrival that must have prompted many Afghans to scramble for the nearest air raid shelter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Blowback in Mali and Algeria – The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Posted by M. C. on January 25, 2013

Blowback is of those terms you rarely see in the mainstream media.  It is too dangerous.  The government news spigot might be shut off forcing “journalists” to actually journal for a change.  Yet there is a popular book titled as such.

MCViewPoint Dictionary – Blowback: What happens when an aggressive foreign policy based on little or no thought nor knowledge completely backfires.

Classic blowback:  We help develop a ragtag Islamic group to fight the Russians in Afghanistan.  We supply training, weapons and money.  I almost sent them a pair of new army boots I had lying around.  Back then they were Mujahedin.  We invade their countries, tell them what to do and violate their religion.  They get mad.  Now they are Al Qaeda.  Same people, new name.  Today we are helping Al Qaeda do their color revolution thing.  We pay to bring Sunni Islamists to power-in the name of democracy!  The is the result of foreign policy dictated by empire builders, arms manufacturers, oil men,  AIPAC, and the Weekly Standard.

Bin Laden saw us coming.  He played us like a fiddle.  We ask for more.

Al Qaeda leaves Afghanistan leaving US with no politically acceptable reason to be there.  The real reason being oil.  The Taliban fills the power void.  We fight them, so we are told, to defend democracy.  The Taliban never attacked US nor do they pose a threat to US.  Yet US troops continue to be wasted and maimed for no reason.

Blowback – It keeps death alive and well. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gerson, Ten years of Wasted Lives and and an Ally in Al Qaeda

Posted by M. C. on March 6, 2012

Michael Gerson, war party columnist, tells us how the recent Koran burning is only a minor blip.  There is a little over-reaction by the Taliban but no big deal.  Pat Buchanan actually puts some thought into this

If Afghans cannot understand this mistake and have no other way to express their rage than rioting and ranting, “Death to America!” what kind of raw material are we working with in building a Western-style democracy in any foreseeable century? Read the rest of this entry »

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