Former president, Barrack Obama, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, earned the ire of anti-war activists by expanding on President George Bush's use of drones.
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|During his term, Obama ordered ten times more drone strikes than Bush. By one reckoning up to 90 percent of drone casualties were not the intended targets. No doubt they could still be described as suspected terrorists. President Trump campaigned on a policy of less intervention, often complaining of failed attempts at nation-building and invasions that were misguided. Yet Trump has himself vastly expanded the drone program.|
During President Obama’s two terms in office, he approved 542 such targeted strikes in 2,920 days—one every 5.4 days. From his inauguration through today, President Trump had approved at least 36 drone strikes or raids in 45 days—one every 1.25 days.The increase is well over 400 percent. The January 28 Navy Seal attack was included. There is a recent acount of that attack in the Intercept based on a visit to the village atttacked. The article brings the official description of the attack as a success into question.
THE RAID IN Yemen that cost Owens his life also killed 30 other people, including “many civilians,” at least nine of whom were children. None of them were mentioned by Trump in last night’s speech, let alone honored with applause and the presence of grieving relatives. That’s because they were Yemenis, not Americans; therefore, their deaths, and lives, must be ignored (the only exception was some fleeting media mention of the 8-year-old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, but only because she was a U.S. citizen and because of the irony that Obama killed her 16-year-old American brother with a drone strike).