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Obama’s Kill List Reveals the “Anti-War” Left Are Fucking Poseurs

June 5th, 2012

As others have noted, during the Bush regime there was a popular anti-war sentiment among those in the “left” or “progressive” camps. Well they were all fucking poseurs hijacking an otherwise noble ideology.

From this faction, who I presume would gladly present Bush’s head on a pike, we have heard nary a peep since Obama took office, even though as David McElroy notes, Bush’s controversial drone program has been greatly expanded, and as highlighted by some propaganda-masquerading-as-news last week, the litmus test for whether a drone strike is justified essentially amounts to whether it killed anyone, since the newspeak definition of “militant” is circularly defined as anyone killed by a drone strike.

Barack Obama, mass murderer and war criminal

Barack Obama, mass murderer and war criminal

Napolitano comments on Obama’s secret kill list,

Since 9/11, the United States government has set up national security systems that function not under the Constitution, not under the Geneva Conventions, not under the rule of law, not under the rules of war, not under federal law, but under a new secret system crafted by the Bush administration and personally directed by Obama, the same Obama who condemned these rules as senator and then extended them as president

The silence now reveals all the anti-war rhetoric as nothing more than partisan pandering, proving beyond doubt that it was never really about being anti-war.

And proving that, in times of conflict all for-profit media is essentially state-run propaganda recyclers, our independent and unbiased news media continues to report on such “facts” e.g., : U.S. drone strikes kill at least 18 suspected militants in Pakistan.

US drone strikes stoke public anger in Pakistan

US drone strikes stoke public anger in Pakistan - via BBC

It would also be worth noting that “The Pakistani government and parliament have repeatedly asked the U.S. to stop the strikes,” including a summons of the US envoy to Pakistan. You bet your ass they’re pissed off. Wouldn’t you be?

If any country on earth launched UAVs to send missiles in to American households it would be considered an overt act of war and would be met by the full force & fury of the U.S. Military.

Double-standard much?

Relativity

August 24th, 2010

Al-Qaeda is a nasty, brutish, criminal organization which has killed a lot of innocent people.

war is terrorism with a bigger budget
What about American foreign policy (i.e., bombs not diplomacy), which in recent history has killed several orders of magnitude more people, a not insignificant proportion of whom have been innocent.

In May 2009, in a testimony to US Congress, US Advisor to Gen. David Kilmulllen, asked the Obama Administration to call off the drone attacks stating, “We have been able to kill only 14 senior Al Qaeda leaders since 2006 and in the same period, killed over 700 Pakistani civilians.”

Pakistan’s Drone Dilemma

There is absolutely no positive way you can spin a failure rate like that.  So they don’t even try.  The interested individual can find these stories online,but he has to go searching for them.  The news outlets bury the stories if they report them at all, because they are subservient to the State.

In the most recent installment where 20 people were killed, the death toll includes 4 women and 3 children.  Guess they just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, right?  The headlines tend to emphasize that 13 militants were killed, but let’s be real, here: 13 suspected militants,were summarily executed by an unmanned drone so that their accusers never had to present evidence in a court of law.

According to Reuters, “US officials say the drones are a highly effective weapon against militant groups. But civilian casualties in the strikes have angered Pakistanis,” but this “highly effective weapon” hasn’t really gotten any high profile terrorists since Baitulla Mehsud (a year ago), and has an alarming propensity to kill indiscriminately, most reports indicating that between 30 and 40% of those killed in drone strikes are objectively non-combatants.

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