The big scoop the media will milk for all it is worth is the deaths of an American AQ hostage in Pakistan by drone attack.
The drone program is a tactic to attack the bad guys without having to use US troops…..the intel services give the military a target and a drone is launched with missiles and such and the target is taken out…….and American troops were out of harms way.
Of course the Obama admin is pressing the successes the drones are having at taking the fight to the terrorists with minimum US involvement…….my problem with this program is the each target that is hit has civilians around it and in turn deaths of innocent people ensues….in a report issued back in 2014 the total civilians deaths from drone attacks is said to be 2400…..personally, I think that number is too low…..
Civilians deaths are not limited to the Middle East…..they have occurred in Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan to mention only a few.
I bring all this up because of the most recent deaths by drone………
A January drone strike against a “suspected al-Qaeda compound” in Pakistan has killed at least two innocent hostages, the White House admitted today, identified as American aid worker Dr. Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto.
This death brings the total amount of Americans killed by drones to…..6.
Officials say their initial intelligence gave them “near certainty” that there were no hostages at the targeted site, and much of the commentary defending the killings on cable news focuses on the idea that this was not a “hostage rescue mission” at any rate. Near certainty?
Back in 2013 Obama made one of his famous speeches and talked about drone strikes………Obama indicated that drone strikes were only permissible when the administration possessed “near certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured, the highest standard we can set”………….
Basically what they are saying is that they had NO idea who was in the compound that held the two hostages before they authorized the attack………..why then attack the compound? Are we just attacking for the sake of attacking?
The CIA and the US military’s Joint Special Operations Command, both of which carry out drone strikes, have in the past been empowered to launch lethal “signature strikes”, which do not require foreknowledge of who specific individuals are before killing them.
There has got to be a point where this becomes unacceptable. I realize that the American public is out for blood since 9/11…..revenge and all that………but at what price?
A wall of silence goes up around the drone attacks and the public is kept out of the loop……..it is beyond time for a re-evaluation of the drone program……we know that will not happen under the Obama watch………but it not now…..WHEN?