Obama's gay marriage declaration tops the news, but his Predator Drone attacks SHOULD be headlined. Eleven DEAD in Yemen this week. The result of executing people without reliable evidence of their crime or even identity is that American citizens are increasingly in danger from retaliation as hatred of America grows. Nobody wins in this stupid, immoral, lose-lose policy. These are war crimes and the brothers and sisters of the dead will respond by killing Americans. http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002678389
I think the correct term is collateral damage??
Do the bad guys kill more soldiers or civilians?
I'd like to see that pie graph....
The bad guys are not even getting identity confirmation......they're just killing groups of people on the logic that some might be threats.Do the bad guys kill more soldiers or civilians?
Read the link.....it's about the cowardly Predator Drone attacks on civilian targets that MIGHT contain people who MIGHT be the enemy.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-...eda-militants/Yemen: U.S. drone strikes kill 11 al Qaeda militants
(AP) SANAA, Yemen - Two suspected U.S. drone strikes killed 11 al Qaeda militants in southern Yemen on Saturday, Yemeni military officials said.
The first attack took place near the border of Marib and Shabwa provinces southeast of the capital, Sanaa, killing six militants, including one Egyptian national, the officials said. The second strike hit two cars in Marib, killing five al Qaeda-linked fighters.
Over the past year, parts of Marib, Shabwa and other southern provinces have fallen under the control of al Qaeda militants who have capitalized on the turmoil in Yemen that stems from the popular uprising that toppled longtime leader Ali Abdullah Saleh.
There was no immediate word from the U.S. on whether Washington was behind Saturday's attacks. In the past two weeks, suspected U.S. airstrikes have killed at least three senior al Qaeda operatives in southern Yemen.
Yemeni officials have reported more frequent U.S. drone strikes since Yemen's new president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, took power in February after Saleh stepped down. Hadi has since ramped up the fight against al Qaeda militants.
The Pentagon recently sent American military trainers to Yemen, and Washington has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to assist the impoverished Arab nation fight al Qaeda and other extremist groups in the country.
The U.S. says al Qaeda's Yemeni branch, known as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, is one of the group's most dangerous offshoots.
Yemen was the launching pad for two foiled al Qaeda attacks on U.S. territory: the Christmas 2009 attempt to down an American airliner over Detroit with an underwear bomb and the sending of printer cartridges packed with explosives to Chicago-area synagogues in 2010.
On Monday, The Associated Press disclosed that the CIA thwarted yet another plot by AQAP to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb which could have been undetectable by conventional airport scanners.
Separately, Yemeni military officials said an assault by government troops Saturday on al Qaeda forces around the southern city of Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province, left a general, a soldier and six militants dead.
The attack was part of the Yemeni military's broader campaign against al Qaeda-linked fighters in the south. Residents say the military used warplanes and artillery to pound areas west and north of Zinjibar.
From what I am seeing, your favorite President specificly condoned and authorized these drone strikes.
What about the Commander who authorized the ROE for the drones?
Of course. They are ashamed of their crimes and their cowardice.There was no immediate word from the U.S. on whether Washington was behind Saturday's attacks.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/...6hT_story.htmlWhite House approves broader Yemen drone campaign
The United States has begun launching drone strikes against suspected al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen under new authority approved by President Obama that allows the CIA and the military to fire even when the identity of those who could be killed is not known, U.S. officials said.
The policy shift marks a significant expansion of the clandestine drone war against an al-Qaeda affiliate that has seized large *pieces of territory in Yemen and is linked to a series of terrorist plots against the United States.
I don't see Bush mentioned. Perhaps he is sitting at a controller station in Dreamland jockying a joystick and pushing buttons.
"I say bomb the hell out of them. If there's collateral damage, so be it. They certainly found our civilians to be expendable."
-- Zell Miller of Georgia, in a speech on the Senate floor shortly after attacks against the US on September 11, 2001.
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