Monday, January 27, 2014

President Obama New Normal, More Drone Strikes

President Obama's new normal: the drone strikes continue | Amy Goodman | Comment is free | "On Thursday, 12 December, 17 people were killed, mostly civilians. The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism has consistently tracked US 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 US 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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