As this election grinds to its ultimate conclusion America’s war against children continues unabated. Today the NYT reports on what has become a typical story. One could spend a lot of time on how the NYT frames the story with Bush “reluctantly” giving the green light for escalating attacks inside Pakistan but what is more important is what the results of these murderous air attacks do, which is the deaths of children or what the military likes to call “collateral damage.”
On Oct. 16, a Predator strike in South Waziristan killed Khalid Habib, a senior Qaeda operative. But the strikes sometimes have unintended consequences. On Sept. 8, one in Miranshah on a compound owned by a Taliban leader, Jalaluddin Haqqani, failed to kill him but did kill women and children. On Aug. 27, a Predator strike near the village of Wana missed its target; it is unclear whether civilians were killed.
Again we note how the NYT frames the story as “unintended consequences” which no doubt removes all responsibility for the deaths of innocent women and children murdered by “brave” Americans piloting killer drones from thousands of miles away well removed from the stench of death or any physical danger to themselves. I’m always amazed by the disconnect between the reality of how Americans view themselves, the murderous actions of our government, and the folly of what is probably the most unimportant election ever. After all this is what Obama has promised to continue with and escalate and in this instance I believe him.