It’s hard to watch our president claim the U.S. operating procedures for these unconstitutional, offensive war crimes outside of the due process of law are as “rigorous as they’ve ever been”.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, President Obama was asked to comment on the rising death toll in US drone strikes in the Middle East and beyond.Read more
“In the past, there was legitimate criticism that the legal architecture around the use of drone strikes wasn’t as precise as it should have been,” he said, as cited by AP.
“There’s no doubt that civilians were killed that shouldn’t have been.
“In situations of war, you know, we have to take responsibility when we’re not acting appropriately,” Obama added.
He claimed that, in general, the US military and CIA – the main drone operators – use “vigorous criteria” to gather the intelligence used in targeting, and that this intelligence is “checked, double-checked, triple-checked before kinetic actions are taken.”
Does our Nobel Peace Prize winning president even know how many thousands of innocent people including children have been murdered in these drone strikes?
The president’s straightforward acknowledgement of civilian deaths caused by drone strikes stands out among his previous statements on the issue. To date, Washington has preferred to downplay public criticism by making formal apologies or denying any wrongdoing.
This is sick.
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