Predators — creeping into perpetual war?

L. Reichard White, April 23, 2011

Yesterday, consistent with the long U.S. tradition of mission creeps, the Obama Administration authorized the use of killer Predator drones in Libya.

Forget the collateral damage, we can’t even solve a closed room crime like the
Jonbenet Ramsey murder
. And, after the most rigorous process the American "Justice" System can muster, people here are regularly exonerated from death row because DNA evidence proves they couldn’t possibly have committed the crime that put them there. So now you’re going to tell me when these military institutions target and kill folks half-a-world away with this and other operations — when they often can’t even speak the language — they’re going to get it right?

Just in case you thought they would,

In Pakistan, U.S. drones have killed 25 people in North Waziristan. The dead reportedly included five children and four women. –U.S. Drone Strike Kills 25 in Pakistan

The US military has faulted a group of officers for a February drone attack that killed twenty-three Afghan civilians [including children] and wounded a dozen more. The drone operators launched the attack from the Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, where the drones are controlled. –US Faults Officers for Drone Attack Killings of 23 Afghan Civilians

A U.S. Predator drone missile strike killed up to 40 innocent civilians in Pakistan’s tribal area on Thursday, outraging Pakistani government and military officials. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned the "irrational" attack and said it will "only strengthen [the] hands of radical and extremist elements…. –CIA drone kills 40 civilians in Pakistan, March 18th, 2011 2:54 am ET, Michael Hughes, Examiner

KATHY KELLY: We vigiled and protested at Creech because we believed it was very important to call attention to the fact that the United States is, at an alarming rate, moving into robotic warfare… There’s so little accountability…. children are among those who are being killed. And this is happening with such regularity in Pakistan and Afghanistan. …under international law, It’s clear that targeted assassinations, these arbitrary killings, extrajudicial killings, are not allowed and that citizens have a duty, a responsibility, to prevent it. –Activists Go on Trial in Nevada for Protesting Obama Admin Drone Program

I don’t know about you, but if my family, friends, neighbors and/or my countrymen — especially children — were blown away by a predator drone from a foreign country, I’d take up clandestine arms and do the most possible damage — perpetual war until I saw justice done to those responsible. And you better keep me away from the nukes. –April 22, 2011, 13:29:11




15 Responses to “Predators — creeping into perpetual war?”

  1. Creeping into perpetual war? I'm 51 and can't recall when this country was not engaged in some military conflict or another.

  2. OK, How about, "Galloping into Perpetual War Again?"

  3. There is something totally corrupt about a country that casually uses predator drones in "warfare". This use reveals a deep belief that the country has divine rights and that the targeted group are sub-human. At the base of this belief is some kind of assureness of the "divine" group that they will always have these weapons and that the targeted group will never possess them. Puts me to mind that the first monkey to learn to throw a rock at his enemy must have been delighted to know that he could hurt someone else at a distance with no fear of repraisal because he was so sure that he was the only monkey with such power. What a sense of disappointment must have come over that monkey, when a flying rock hit him.

  4. Just wait until those predator drones become a front-line weapon in the domestic "law enforcement" arsenal.

  5. When the US government uses predator drones to kill innocent men, women, and children it is doing so in the name of freedom, democracy, motherhood, and apple pie, therefore, it is morally acceptable. When terrorist, like Bin Laden, use airplanes as missles to kill innocent men, women, and children, he is doing so in the name of Islamofascism, tyranny, and child molesters, therefore, it is evil.

  6. The US government is worse than the so called terrorist that are made by there own actions.They kill women kids and never care it's true they must belive the people being killed are less human so its ok to kill them.I don't for 1 secound think all government agress with the warped policys that are implemented.But justy like your citizens need to do in this so called free country government that nows these actions are not only illegal but inhuman need to demand with action that the country follows the law.Your constitution demands it so buy not doing anything you are just as responsible.The troops need to follow the law also if someone tells you to do somthing that you no is not right and illegal by listening your just as responsible also.Come on land of the free home of the brave go back to what the once great couyntry stood for or one day fall from power and not only have the world hate you if your human you will probably hate youself for killing womsn kids and innocent men how does a human live with that.

  7. I've always wondered how that works!!

  8. Jamie, I think you just about covered it all!

  9. L.Reichard White thanks but its just common saense but I appreciate your comment.

  10. It is very terrible!

  11. @JAMIE,

    You’re right. It IS common sense.

    But common non-sense wins when common sense is quiet.

    Keep speaking common sense!!

    -lrw

  12. The evidence suggests it was NATO forces who cluster bombed Misrata http://humanrightsinvestigations.org

  13. Thanks, Mark!

  14. I don't even recognise America anymore. What the hell are we doing, really!?

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