Our drone wars are neither intelligent nor accurate; they are neither effective nor moral. If only a fraction of the people terrorized by airstrikes lash out in hatred against the U.S., their anger would be a morally justifiable response. Our own responsibility as Americans in dismantling this form of warfare remains an imperative. Thanks to “The Drone Papers” and other such journalism, we can no longer claim ignorance or innocence on this issue.
AJE this week ran special content on a grim milestone because it’s important. But our data told us something: few cared. We find that stories about the suffocating grind and everyday hardship of war don’t do as well… Stories about the almost four million Syrians who have been forced to flee their country, the same… Our indifference is something we need to think about and talk about. As journalists, we should question our performance. As people, our humanity. Because we can do better.
Former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev initiated the end of the Cold war at a time when Reagan was funding and pushing for such proxy wars, oblivious to other nations’ sovereignty. For US exceptionalists, the only foreign aggression worth discussing is Putin’s —the current villain. Their self-righteous claims can be contradicted by America’s 37 interventions in 27 countries since 1980, braking any record in bullying smaller nations — as well as secret Special Operations in 134 countries.
Take Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution. When it comes to American war, you can count on one thing: he’s a ray of sunshine on any gloomy day. It hardly matters what year you’re talking about — 2003, 2007, 2009, 2013, Iraq or Afghanistan — and “our odds of success” are invariably “rather good” (if the U.S. military just pursues the path O’Hanlon advocates). Things always seem to be trending in the right direction; there’s invariably “progress,” always carefully qualified; …O’Hanlon is part of a roiling mass of “policy intellectuals” who have given this country a distinctly hard time.
While the US is preoccupied with its latest (ISIS) war, and many politicians obsess with the newest boogeyman, Russia’s president Putin —as well as with arming Ukraine to escalate that war, they have all thrown Gaza residents in the trash-heap of history. They will keep barely living until those in power wage the next war against them.
This proviso contains no geographical limitation. It would authorize the use of military force anywhere in the world. This provision contains no definition of “enduring.” Does this mean one month? One year? Three Years? Or perhaps six months with a break, then another six months?…Nor is the term “offensive” defined in the proposal. By labeling operations defensive, Obama or his successor could use increasing numbers of ground troops…Under Obama’s AUMF, the United States could deploy thousands of U.S. troops and call it a defensive operation.