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Drones, drones, and more drones

While our peace loving President gave another bland and erroneous speech at the UN today on how much America loves the Muslim world and democracy, a new report came out detailing the destructive and violent nature that the drone wars have been inflicting on the people of Pakistan.  The report is yet another damning look at how awful and illegal this particular policy is.  The report in entitled “Living Under Drones” and I urge anyone unfamiliar with the drone war to read it.  It is time that the American people wake up and throw off the shackles that our political overlord have placed upon us.  We do not need to be engaged in constant warfare in which we murder innocent people in order to make us “safe”.  This is the most counterproductive way of going about protecting America.  When you step into that voting booth in 42 days here are a few things you should think about.

(Via: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism)

CIA Drone Strikes in Pakistan 2004 – 2012

Total US strikes: 346
Obama strikes: 294
Total reported killed: 2,570-3,337
Civilians reported killed: 474-884
Children reported killed: 176
Total reported injured: 1,232-1,366
For the latest Pakistan strike data click here.

US Covert Action in Yemen 2002 – 2012

Total confirmed US operations (all): 52-62
Total confirmed US drone strikes: 40-50
Possible additional US operations: 117-133
Possible additional US drone strikes: 61-71
Total reported killed (all): 357-1,026
Total civilians killed (all): 60-163
Children killed (all): 24-34
For the latest data from Yemen click here.

US Covert Action in Somalia 2007 – 2012

Total US strikes: 10-22
Total US drone strikes: 3-9
Total reported killed: 58-169
Civilians reported killed: 11-57
Children reported killed: 1-3
For the complete data on Somalia click here.
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“We didn’t make that movie!”

A new low been reached in the ongoing saga over “The Innocence of Muslims” video and the protests that have engulfed the Muslim world. The US State Department has bought $70,000 worth of TV air time in Pakistan to run adds proclaiming how they had nothing to do with making the video. These adds include this pathetic statement from Sec. Clinton

Let me state very clearly, the United States has absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its contents

Here are a few things that the US government have done that may be causing people in Pakistan to protest.

-Massive drone strikes.

This one is a no brainer. Maybe Clinton has forgotten that her boss has murders hundreds of Pakistanis with robots. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that might engender some resentment towards the US government. Either the administration is completely stupid, not totally unbelievable, or they are so cynical that they don’t care. If you drop a bomb from a flying death robot and kill someone’s brother, uncle, or daughter, chances are they are not going to go out in the street and praise you.

-CIA running amok

Again this is another no brainer for the US government. America would never stand for a foreign intelligence agency running around killing and kidnapping people. Why would the Pakistanis be ok with this? The Pakistani public still remembers Raymond Davis. And guess what, they are still upset about it.

-Bin Laden raid

This one seems to be the most difficult
for Obama and his cronies to understand. The White House is still under the impression that the Pakistanis should be bowing down before their imperial overlords, kissing their feet for murdering Americas sworn enemy. The average Pakistani does not care about Bin Laden. They are more concerned with providing for their families and avoiding drone strikes, not with the fate of Bin Laden. In fact if you asked most people in Pakistan or the Muslim world at large they would agree with most of what Bin Laden preached. Most Muslims are in agreement that the constant occupation of their countries, green light for Israel to conduct wars, and support of brutal dictators are despicable policies that America is guilty of. Now while most Muslims are not in favor of flying airplanes into the Twin Towers, they are also not in favor of American special forces illegally flying into their nation and killing people. Unsurprisingly the Pakistanis also don’t like when the CIA recruits a corrupt doctor to give phony vaccinations to children in a vain attempt to find Bin Laden.

-Aid and support for military and corrupt government

This aspect may in fact be the most corrosive. American aid money and support to a corrupt military and government that willingly participates in the war on terror has led to widespread hatred of America. The Pakistani government would not be able to commit some of its more heinous crimes if it were not for American aid money. Pakistanis are not stupid. They understand that their puppet masters are controlled by Uncle Sam.

This is why people are protesting in Pakistan.

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