Scott Horton Interviews Robert Naiman

Scott Horton, June 04, 2012

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Robert Naiman, Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy, discusses his article “Yes, Virginia, We Can Do Something About the Drone Strikes;” the US government’s determination that military-age males killed by drones are always enemy combatants; targeting people for assassination that aren’t even on the “kill list” (as if the list itself wasn’t bad enough); opposition to Obama’s drone program from within his own administration and Congress; how regular people can (indirectly) change federal policy; and how drone strikes have become the best recruitment tool for anti-US militants since Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib.

MP3 here. (19:55)

Robert Naiman is Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy. Mr. Naiman edits the Just Foreign Policy daily news summary and writes on U.S. foreign policy at Huffington Post. He is president of the board of Truthout. Naiman has worked as a policy analyst and researcher at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. He has masters degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Illinois and has studied and worked in the Middle East.

6 Responses to “Robert Naiman”

  1. A” no-scrutiny policy” is equal to an “overreaction policy”, one that is so vital for an insurgency to thrive, expand, and ultimately win. Since the principal goal of any insurgency is to get the enemy (government) to overreact, then the US is playing right into the hands of the insurgents. That is how the insurgents get to recruit dedicated warriors, gain huge amounts of intelligence sources and material support, and get people on the fence to no longer support the now obviously evil government. Our leaders in DOD know this very well.

    It is absolutely amazing how our military leaders, who talk about anti-insurgency as a policy, will actively support that insurgency. In other words, they are both on the same side, recruiting insurgents, spreading the war, so they can point out to their citizens (not that they care what their citizens really think) that there is indeed a War on Terror, it is growing, and we are in grave danger. I repeat: “The Policy of the US and the Policy of the Insurgents are Identical – they are one and the same.” The policy is to create, expand, and fight a never ending war on terror.

  2. Drone warfare — Rebellion destroyer

    Since the beginning of civilization, the upper half of society has been looking for the perfect tool to control the lower half, what drone warfare is all about.

    For our voting majority, the 51% most wealthy, they voted Obama into office because of a conviction that he was the one best qualified to plunder the uneducated laboring class, both at home and abroad. And now that drone warfare gives them an added sense of security, thay are not about to give it up.

  3. Thanks very much, Mr Naiman. You are so right. We must make some noise about it while it´s still possible. A graver problem is the Pentagon´s suicide course changing MAD to First Strike Capability. antiwar radio Archives May 2012, May 7th Ray McGovern and Der Spiegel 49/2011. Professor J. Edward Anderson: The deployment of anti-missile missiles in Eastern Europe is part of a first-strike strategy. Dr Bob Bowman, Chief DOD "Star Wars" Program: Missile defense is the missing link to first strike. The US Navy can track and destroy all enemy submarines simultaneously according to missile engineer Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org. GPS was made to hit Russian missile silos accurately.

  4. Where did we seen this type of targeted assassinations before ? Well of course in Israel in the last decade when the Israeli's were battling the militants from Hamas, Islamic Jidad and the PLO. The US is simply taking another page from the Israeli playbook as done so often before in the war on terror.

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