Anyone who was hurt by The Atrocity on 9/11 understands why the United States bent rules to ensure that it didn’t happen again. We gave president Bush our full support in waging a war on terror, and he did not let us down. The world was with us. UN resolutions authorizing the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan passed unanimously. Even the resolution 1441 authorizing force if Iraq didn’t comply with earlier resolutions passed. Unanimously.
In the years that followed, the US may or may not have broken rules relating to torture outlined in the Geneva convention, but it most certainly bent them. Bending rules is a slippery slope. For the most part the world, and US citizens were complacent, with the sense that the short-term approach to discouraging organized suicide terrorism was working.
There was however, growing opposition to US terror policies , and by 2004, President Bush was barely popular enough to be reelected. The 2004 election gave us four more years on the slippery slope. It also gave us four more years of some very effective anti terror policies. President Bush understood the importance of a longer term approach to the war on terror. He made unprecedented investments to fight poverty and encourage freedom.
“There can be no human rights without human liberty.” – George W. Bush
Rule bending continued.
The United States killed the first innocent people with a drone on June 18th, 2004. This drone strike that killed two innocent children was also the first known US drone attack. So the notion that we are saving lives and can be flawless in our condemning logic crumbled immediately.
IN 2008 we elected Barack Obama, and showed the world the transformative power of democracy. President elect Obama won the nobel peace prize. President Obama however knew the dangers of radical change. He retained virtually every Bush administration major anti terror policy; Guantanamo Bay, Extraordinary rendition, Secret military tribunals, Wire tapping, Controversial FBI Stings, and the deadliest of all, Predator Drone Strikes.
President Obama has already launched 6 times as many drone strikes as President Bush. And they match them in inaccuracy when it comes to killing innocent civilians.
In the comments section of this latest drone strike report, ChAliGhafoor asks: “so how US feel to kill innocent people along with taliban leader.” Ghafoor’s question has an excellent continuation phrase. “Along with taliban leader.” In the story, The US killed innocent people “along with”, or in the same strike that it killed a taliban leader. “along with” can also be interpreted as “just like”. So the question also asks how does it feel to kill innocent people just like taliban leaders do.
It feels wrong Ghafoor. It feels wrong.
- Former Adviser: Obama as ‘Ruthless and Indifferent to Rule of Law’ as Bush (disinfo.com)
- “I Have a Drone”. Obama’s “Military Dream” Is Backfiring (globalresearch.ca)
- Two Former US Officials Criticize Obama’s Counter-Productive Drone War (news.antiwar.com)
- US Drone murders create future Terror (thefreeonline.wordpress.com)
- Obama Drone Program Under Attack as More Pakistanis Killed (atlantablackstar.com)
- In 4 Drone Strikes in A Single Day, US Kills Up to 25 (news.antiwar.com)
- 5 Ways President Obama Has Doubled Down on Bush’s Most Tragic Mistakes (alternet.org)
- Kinsley on the Drone Wars (caelumetterra.wordpress.com)
- CIA drones have already killed at least 40 since the start of the year (rt.com)
- US drone attacks ‘counter-productive’, former Obama security adviser claims (guardian.co.uk)