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A Short History of Drone Warfare By the USA

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Drones, The Nation, Jeremy Scahill, Pakistan )

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The United States is on a new trajectory in warfare, says Jeremy Scahill, national security correspondent for The Nation. With its increase in drone strikes, the United States is turning away from the large-scale military interventions of the past decade.

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Phillipa W (199)
Monday August 6, 2012, 9:19 pm
thankyou Dandelion. Drone warfare is a massive concern

Past Member (0)
Monday August 6, 2012, 9:31 pm
Thanks for the update.

MmAway M (505)
Tuesday August 7, 2012, 4:01 am
Goodness....these are so scary to me...Never know where they are actually going to hit!

Joe R (190)
Tuesday August 7, 2012, 6:51 am
Enough with the warfare - both military and covert actions!

. (0)
Tuesday August 7, 2012, 9:40 am
Thanks Sheryl and amen Joe!!

LaurenBackSoon K (173)
Tuesday August 7, 2012, 12:41 pm
Noted. Thanks Dandelion.

Mary T (178)
Tuesday August 7, 2012, 4:46 pm
Thanks Sheryl and I agree with Joe.

Susanne R (235)
Tuesday August 7, 2012, 8:52 pm
Very interesting and important information. Thank you for posting this video, Dandelion! I agree that we've had enough war! Too bad it's so darn profitable for the military-industrial complex...

Evelyn B (62)
Tuesday August 7, 2012, 9:40 pm
Drones contribute to the critical situation in NW Pakistan, mobilising high levels of anti-US feeling, because far more civilians than militants are injured & killed - Thanks for sharing this

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday August 8, 2012, 6:50 am
This is the quiet war that they hope the American people will not catch on to. That if we don't have massive troops in a particular Country that all is well. But our taxes are still supporting this action of drones, and as you said in your above comment Evelyn, far more civilians are killed or injured then the militant target. That is blood on our hands.

To now get around this killing of civilians the Administration has changed the definition of who is a civilian and who is a target. It is often been reported that President Obama has urged officials to avoid wherever possible the deaths of civilians in covert US actions in Pakistan and elsewhere. But reporters Jo Becker and Scott Shane reveal that Obama inserted a loophole.

Mr. Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties that did little to box him in. It in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants, according to several administration officials, unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent.

On one notorious occasion, it was revealed that US officials were aware at the earliest stage that civilians – including ‘dozens of women and children’ – had died in Obama’s first ordered strike in Yemen in December 2009. The Bureau recently named all 44 civilians killed in that attack by cruise missiles, 14 were women and 21 children.

No US officials have ever spoken publicly about the strike, although secret diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks proved that the US was responsible. Now Newsweek correspondent Daniel Klaidman reveals that Jeh Johnson, one of the State Department’s senior lawyers, watched the strike take place with others on a video screen:

Johnson returned to his Georgetown home around midnight that evening, drained and exhausted. Later there were reports from human-rights groups that dozens of women and children had been killed in the attacks, reports that a military source involved in the operation termed “persuasive.” Johnson would confide to others, “If I were Catholic, I’d have to go to confession.”

“DEAR OBAMA, when a U.S. drone missile kills a child in Yemen, the father will go to war with you, guaranteed. Nothing to do with Al Qaeda,” a Yemeni lawyer warned on Twitter last month. This was a twitter of May 2012.

Think warmongering is a partisan issue?

A vote for a Republican is a vote for war.
A vote for a Democrat is a vote for war.

Congress hasn't declared war since WWII......

Think about that.

Remember, VietNam was never actually a war, it was a Conflict. But it still killed a heck of a lot of people, cost a lot of money, dumped toxins into VietNam that is still causing children to be born deformed, has caused environmental nightmare.

If you are tired of BOTH Parties and are looking for true change in our foreign affairs as well as a more Just system within domestic affairs, the Vote Rocky Anderson. He IS also running for President, although you'd be hard pressed to know that by the mainstream media.

Rocky Anderson is with the Justice Party, he is running on the Anderson/Rodriquez ticket. Check this interactive map at this link to see if he is on your State's Ballot, remember many States have write in's. I frankly am tired of having blood on my hands be it caused by the Republicans or the Democrats, we need new thinking in the USA as we have slipped far away from what this Country stood for.


Russell R (87)
Wednesday August 8, 2012, 10:44 am
The first time I remember seeing a Drone attack taking out a jeep carrying Al qaeda members. It wasn't the idea of the drone strike. It was the thought that this was carried out by the CIA. Central Intelligence finally admits to assassination, but, what are they doing with Military Grade Weaponry. The only agency that is above the law and answers to no one when it comes to a threat to American interest, which also includes the assassination of a sitting President, or Official, here and abroad!

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 3:52 pm
Noted and thanks for those great informational comments, Dandelion. (Sorry too soon for a green star). Everyone needs to know this. The Pres. I voted for has gone back on his word and broken his promises. He has until the day I enter the voting booth to change my mind about voting 3rd party....and I'm leading a family of 9 who all voted Obama in 2008. We once again have WikiLeaks to thank for publishing and exposing truth.

Sheryl G (363)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 4:55 pm
Might I suggest the Anderson/Rodriguez ticket for the Justice Party. Give them a look over if you do want to go 3rd Party.

P. L. Neola (21)
Monday August 13, 2012, 1:34 pm
This is very interesting! I had no idea about any of this. I am still quite uncertain about this drone warfare. I am not sure if I like the idea at all!

Sheryl G (363)
Monday August 13, 2012, 2:02 pm
Thank you Portland for taking the time to at least becoming aware of it's existance. These things are done in our name, supported by our tax monies, we should at least know of this. Then to take it to the next step, is this drone warfare something our Country should be doing or should we, as a people be supporting, so I thank you for having taken the first step.

Jo Ellen H (3)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 4:29 am
thank you
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