The first drone strikes approved by the Obama administration in the new year killed a major Taliban leader in Pakistan but also fueled growing concerns about Obama’s accelerated use of secret killings with little outside oversight.
According to Pakistani security officials, an American drone strike killed 14 persons, including Maulvi Nazir, who aided anti-U.S. fighters in Afghanistan.
Since becoming commander in chief, Obama has signed off on approximately 300 drone strikes in Pakistan alone, more than six times the amount approved by President George W. Bush, according to the New America Foundation, a Washington think tank. It’s estimated that roughly 2,500 people have died in drone strikes conducted by the Obama administration.
A review by the Council on Foreign Relations concluded that between a few dozen and a couple hundred of those killed were innocent civilians. The Obama administration has given no official accounting of civilian deaths.
The public remains largely in the dark about the rules for killings ordered from thousands of miles away, critics said, raising the stakes for Obama in his second term to outline a coherent blueprint for using the weapon.
“None of the questions that are being raised in public are getting answered,” said Steven Aftergood, director of the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy. “What is a reliable estimate of the number of casualties; what are the strategic consequences of targeted killings; what is the role of the CIA?”
So exactly who is Obama facing questions from?
Not the media. They’re pillow-fluffers. Not Congress. They’re complicit.
I can think of a few things I’d like to ask him but the chances of me getting close enough to shout a question at him are slim and none. I guess I could hold up a sign as his motorcade zooms by but I seriously doubt he’ll pull over and answer.
So I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for Obama to answer questions about anything.