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Saturday, October 18, 2014

What's The Strategy Here?

Remember when Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize?

Ironic, that:

Resarch by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has reported just 4 percent of US drone strikes in Pakistan have killed people identified as members of al-Qaeda.

Research by the London-based bureau found that only 111 out of the total 2,379 drone victims killed in Pakistan since 2004 was "a senior commander of any armed group". Just 84 victims were identified as al-Qaeda militants.

Following the 400th drone strike on 11 October, the report provides a damning assessment of the CIA drone program in Pakistan.

"More than a third of them were not designated a rank, and almost 30 percent are not even linked to a specific group. Only 84 are identified as members of al-Qaeda – less than 4 percent of the total number of people killed," the report said.

The investigative bureau's Naming The Dead project has been monitoring and collating research on the identities and backgrounds of US drone victims in Pakistan since June 2004.

Indiscriminately dropping drone bombs, taking the fight to the "terrorists" - and creating many more terrorists in the bargain:

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met in the Oval Office Friday with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakastani girl who was shot in the head on her school bus by Taliban gunmen for criticizing their rule, including banning education for girls.

The White House says the first couple invited Malala -- the youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize -- to the White House "to thank her for her inspiring and passionate work on behalf of girls education in Pakistan."

In a statement, the White House says the United States "joins with the Pakistani people and so many around the world to celebrate Malala’s courage and her determination to promote the right of all girls to attend school and realize their dreams."

In a statement released after the meeting, Malala said she was honored to meet with Obama, but that she told him she's worried about the effect of U.S. drone strikes. (The White House statement didn't mention that part.)

"I thanked President Obama for the United States' work in supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees," she said in the statement. "I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact."

In other circumstances, were Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan in the wrong place at the wrong time, Obama might have her killed in a drone strike.

Not purposely, of course, but intent is not the point here.

The point is what actually happens as a result of Obama's drone war.

The goal of the drone policy is ostensibly to stop terrorists from targeting the U.S. and it's allies.

The actual outcome of that policy is to fuel more terrorism against the U.S. and it's allies.

The cynic in me wonders if running an Endless War, with more "terrorists" being created every year as the U.S. indiscriminately drops drones on people, not particularly caring who they hit, isn't the actual goal.

Nothing keeps a government and the elite that supports it in power like Endless War.

And surely things are not getting better.

The more drones we drop, the more "terrorists" we seem to create.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/10/11/205176/obama-and-first-lady-meet-with.html#storylink=cpy

10 comments:

  1. Thank you for delving into this topic. Our government is fomenting more hatred for our country, and ultimately our people are the ones who suffer the consequence of backlash. At the Williston, ND fracking site, pick up trucks abound with the Halliburton name stenciled on the side. Why is all of this taxpayer money spent to support war and destruction of our planet? To enrich the already wealthy, to the detriment of the rest of society.
    Read Janet Yellin on the issue of income inequality in the US.



    http://www.aol.com/article/2014/10/17/yellen-greatly-concerned-by-widening-inequality/20980277/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl3%7Csec1_lnk1%26pLid%3D547938


    Where is the leading us?

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    1. Yes, I heard those Yellin comments about inequality. And yet, how far is she willing to go to address it? The answer is simple - restore taxes to the pre-Reagan levels. Better yet, restore them to Eisenhowser levels. Doubtful she'll want to do that, though.

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  2. Yellin is a criminal, just like the rest of the swindlers.

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    1. I agree. You don't get to the top echelons of the Fed without being a crook.

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    2. I posted about Yellin earlier. I agree with you. To the barricades.

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    3. Lip service from the Fed Head is better than what Greenspan gave us, but ultimately, nothing will change. They continue printing the cash and handing it free to the banksters.

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  3. Oh, and Obamas new "Ebola Czar" has no medical background whatsoever. Just another sleazy lawyer who supported Obama in the Solyndra deal.

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  4. Wow RBE! The Bush Doctrine has caused tremendous instability and ethnic/religious slaughter in the Middle East. Bush and Obama's policies led to the development of the Islamic State. The Ebola Czar is charged with disseminating CDC protocols. Don't they have a website?

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    1. Head of the CDC was a Bloomberg guy. That should scare everybody.

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