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Trump Just Rescinded Obama’s Order on Drone Strikes – The Atlantic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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump rescinded that short-lived reporting requirement.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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Mattis: US Will Improve Saudi Targeting to Kill Fewer Yemeni Civilians – News From Antiwar.com

Posted by M. C. on December 30, 2017

Up to now the presstitute media has done a good job hiding US involvement in killing Yemeni civilians.

http://news.antiwar.com/2017/12/29/mattis-us-will-improve-saudi-targeting-to-kill-fewer-yemeni-civilians/

 …Interestingly, other US officials have tried to downplay their direct role in the Saudi war in recent weeks, and despite Mattis’ talk of improving the Saudis’ targeting, other Pentagon officials have claimed that the US has nothing to do with Saudi targeting whatsoever, and can’t be held responsible for what they hit.

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The US Is Bombing the Syrian City of Raqqa Into Complete Devastation

Posted by M. C. on October 25, 2017

The surgery was a success but the patient died.

http://theantimedia.org/us-bombing-raqqa-syria/

(ANTIMEDIA)  The United States has been bombing the Syrian city of Raqqa into complete devastation at the rate of at least one air-delivered munition every 8 minutes, according to monitoring group Airwars. The organization found that in August, there was a sharp increase in the number of bombs the U.S.-led coalition dropped. This resulted in at least 433 civilian deaths in that month alone.

From Airwars’ monthly report:

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US Dismisses UN Plea: Won’t Stop Bombing Civilians in Raqqa – News From Antiwar.com

Posted by M. C. on August 27, 2017

‘Kill anything that moves’ is not just a saying or something from a movie, it is an accepted strategy.

http://news.antiwar.com/2017/08/25/us-dismisses-un-plea-wont-stop-bombing-civilians-in-raqqa/

That’s unsurprising, as the Pentagon has gone out of their way to downplay the huge civilian toll of their ISIS air war, and appears to be confident that they can continue to mislead everyone about the number of people actually being killed in their strikes long enough to defeat ISIS outright.
The media does what it is told and avoids reporting civilian murder like the plague.

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The Silent Slaughter of the US Air War

Posted by M. C. on May 11, 2017

http://original.antiwar.com/Nicolas_Davies/2017/05/10/the-silent-slaughter-of-the-us-air-war/

Allowing for various interpretations of Airwars’ data, and assuming that, like such efforts in the past, it is capturing between 5 percent and 20 percent of actual deaths, a serious estimate of the number of civilians killed by the U.S.-led bombing campaign since 2014 would by now have to be somewhere between 25,000 and 190,000.

To put the 79,000 bombs and missiles with which the US and its allies have bombarded Iraq and Syria since 2014 in perspective, it is worth reflecting back to the “more innocent” days of “Shock and Awe” in March 2003. As NPR reporter Sandy Tolan reported in 2003, one of the architects of that campaign predicted that dropping 29,200 bombs and missiles on Iraq would have, “the non-nuclear equivalent of the impact that the atomic weapons dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki had on Japan.” Read the rest of this entry »

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The Shame of Killing Innocent People by — Antiwar.com

Posted by M. C. on April 30, 2017

http://original.antiwar.com/kelly/2017/04/28/the-shame-of-killing-innocent-people/

Iran may be providing some weapons to the Houthi rebels, but it’s important to clarify what support the US has given to the Saudi-led coalition. As of March 21, 2016, Human Rights Watch reported the following weapon sales, in 2015 to the Saudi government:

  • July 2015, the US Defense Department approved a number of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, including a US $5.4 billion deal for 600 Patriot Missiles and a $500 million deal for more than a million rounds of ammunition, hand grenades, and other items, for the Saudi army.
  • According to the US Congressional review, between May and September, the US sold $7.8 billion worth of weapons to the Saudis.
  • In October, the US government approved the sale to Saudi Arabia of up to four Lockheed Littoral Combat Ships for $11.25 billion.
  • In November, the US signed an arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth $1.29 billion for more than 10,000 advanced air-to-surface munitions including laser-guided bombs, “bunker buster” bombs, and MK84 general purpose bombs; the Saudis have used all three in Yemen.

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US Airstrike Kills Family of Eight Fleeing Syria Fighting — News from Antiwar.com

Posted by M. C. on April 25, 2017

http://news.antiwar.com/2017/04/24/us-airstrike-kills-family-of-eight-fleeing-syria-fighting/

Unfortunately when you are not sure who the enemy is the response (or order) is to kill everything that moves.

While it may be an unfortunate incident, bad intel or collateral damage the real reason may be more grim.

Or it may be just a bit of fun as in the murder of the Reuters camera man.

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