Obama’s New Normal: The Drone Strikes Continue


Truthdig.com,  Dec 23, 2013

By Amy Goodman

There has been yet another violent attack with mass casualties. This was not the act of a lone gunman, or of an armed student rampaging through a school. It was a group of families en route to a wedding that was killed. The town was called Radda—not in Colorado, not in Connecticut, but in Yemen. The weapon was not an easy-to-obtain semiautomatic weapon, but missiles fired from U.S. drones. On Thursday, Dec. 12, 17 people were killed, mostly civilians. The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism has consistently tracked U.S. drone attacks, recently releasing a report on the six months following President Barack Obama’s major address on drone warfare before the National Defense University (NDU) last May. In that speech, Obama promised that “before any strike is taken, there must be near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured—the highest standard we can set.” The BIJ summarized, “Six months after President Obama laid out U.S. rules for using armed drones, a Bureau analysis shows that covert drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan have killed more people than in the six months before the speech.” In a nation that abhors the all-too-routine mass killing in our communities, why does our government consistently kill so many innocents abroad?

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One Response to “Obama’s New Normal: The Drone Strikes Continue”

  1. luistijerina Says:

    Luis Lazaro Tijerina There is a profound hypocrisy in Obama and his regime in the way he talks out of both sides of his mouth regarding his interest in stability in the Middle East and Central Asia. For him to authorize a drone attack on Christmas Day says much not only about American Foreign policy, but about the personality of Obama as well. In many ways he reminds me of Cicero and that is not a compliment. For the Plebeians of the Roman Empire knew Cicero for what he was, while only the declining Roman middle class hung to their besotted allusions of what it was to be a Roman citizen, and they paid a political price for siding with Cicero. Luis Lazaro Tijerina


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