SURPRISE! Anti-War Obama Has Ordered TEN TIMES MORE Drone Strikes Than Bush
The anti-war movement has been missing since Obama became president. Cindy Sheehan, Code Pink and all the other usual suspects who were in the news every night while Bush was president suddenly have nothing to say.
It’s kind of funny, considering that Obama has launched 10 times the number of drone strikes Bush did.
The Financial Times reported:
Deadly US drone programme still controversial
In September 2011, an American drone strike in Yemen killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a cleric whom US officials said was one of the leaders of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
The US had already been conducting drone strikes against suspected al-Qaeda terrorists for a decade. However, Mr al-Awlaki became the first US citizen to be the subject of a targeted killing — sparking a fierce debate in America about the use of executive power and civil liberties.
That debate is now beginning in the UK after Monday’s announcement that British air strikes last month killed two UK nationals fighting in Syria with Isis.
During the George W Bush administration, the US conducted around 50 drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists. The Obama administration, however, has ordered around 500 strikes, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which tracks the use of drones by the US military and CIA.
This is done for Obama’s political convenience. By vaporizing terrorists, he doesn’t have to deal with the political issue of detaining them at Gitmo.
Of course, the U.S. misses out on any intelligence that might be garnered from interrogation.