Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The Pondering Prez & Illegal Drones?
I guarantee we will not hear or read much about the recent UN attack on America's unmanned drone attacks on terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the BBC report UN human rights investigator says America needs to "explain the legal basis" for these attacks.
For the article: Mr Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions, told the BBC: "My concern is that these drones, these Predators, are being operated in a framework which may well violate international humanitarian law and international human rights law. The onus is really on the government of the United States to reveal more about the ways in which it makes sure that arbitrary executions, extrajudicial executions, are not in fact being carried out through the use of these weapons."
Sounds like language that was thrust at President Bush, so where's the coverage here in the States?
Nowhere and don't expect it.
The Obama administration has the press under control and the "War on FOX" had an amazing effect to CNN, MSNBC and others: don't throw mud on the White House or you won't get the interviews.
So while the President continues his month long pondering over additional troop support for his General in Afghanistan, a car bomb in Pakistan killed 90. Hillary Clinton's visit was marred by the blast and it was reported that her response was:
"I want you to know that this fight is not Pakistan's alone. So this is our struggle as well and we commend the Pakistani military for their courageous fight and we commit to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Pakistani people in your fight for peace and security."
The UN that is critical of the US tactics garnered 6 casualties (and 9 injured)in Kabul as rockets attacked the hotel used as a UN safe house. Some eyewitness testimony was picked up by the BBC as Afghanistan is facing the most violent month to date.
Yes, October is the MOST VIOLENT MONTH since the war began in 2001 -- 55 US Troop deaths this month.
From the ABC News report:
"Meanwhile, the President continues to consult with his advisers and military leaders in reaching a decision on his Afghanistan policy. The President plans to meet with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen on Friday, as he approaches making a final judgment."
Our President "continues to consult", "contemplates", "coming closer to making a decision", "evaluate this process" on and on and on....
Secretary of State said we stand shoulder to shoulder to fight and UN says we are breaking International Law.
It was easier to declare Swine Flu a national emergency than fight a war to win.
When I was young, probably too young for this analogy, my grandfather was waiting for me to get dressed to go sledding in the snow. I was bundled in layers and layers of clothes, struggling to snap the buttons on my giant parka.
"Are you going to piss or get off the pot?" he yelped from the front seat of the family station wagon.
Well Mr. President, you can keep adding layers of protection from advisers and the press, but at the end of all of this you need piss or get off of the pot.
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