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Obama’s doublespeak droning about drones

Reason magazine notes the following concerning Obama’s “end of terrorism” speech:

What was remarkable about Obama’s speech was its complete disconnect with his own actions in office. In a textbook example of Orwellian doublespeak, he declared that America would be haunted by the civilian casualties produced by drone attacks — without noting that these attacks were the defining feature of his war on terror.

As atonement, he pledged to transfer oversight of the drone program from the CIA to the Pentagon. But the problem with the program is not who runs it but what it does.

For those of us that have watched this guy from the beginning, it’s hardly a “complete disconnect”, it’s business as usual.  We’ve noted from the start that one should never believe what the man says, they should instead monitor his actions.  9 times out of 10, what he does or has done won’t be anywhere near what he said or said he’d do.  He is the master of doublespeak.

Oh, and remember how he told us that the world would love us again now that he was in charge?  Uh, yeah, more doublespeak:

[The Obama Administration] has escalated drone strikes against alleged militants along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. According to the liberal AlterNet, the Bush administration conducted 52 drone strikes in this region killing 438 people, including 182 civilians. This administration ordered 300 strikes in just its first term, killing 2,152 people, including 260 civilians. The constant buzzing in the sky traumatizes the local population — and violates Pakistani sovereignty — all of which has caused America’s popularity in Pakistan to plummet from 36 percent under Bush to 24 percent under Nobel-Peace-Prize-winner Obama.

I wonder if the Nobel committee ever wished they had recall privileges.  More importantly, I wonder if they learned anything from this debacle which might make them tend to wait until the subject of their next peace prize has actually done something to earn it.


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10 Responses to Obama’s doublespeak droning about drones

  • I am always mindful of one…ONE…of the lies told by the Obami to excuse their Benghazi debacle is that we lacked “permission” from Libya to over-fly their territory.
    A(nother) insult to the intelligence of the American people.

    • Really, the irony, since someone on the ground there during the embassy attack suggested that the Libyan fighters knew perfectly well what it meant to have US jets orbiting overhead during a combat action and might even have called it an evening rather than risk being the smoking crater du jour.

    • I could be wrong, but we never received permission from the Qaddafi government to drop bombs on his men and equipment?

  • smartest man in the room drones on –
    I’m sure the folks in Monroe are reassured that the smartest man in any room has got their backs….they’re probably wondering WHY, but….reassuring nonetheless.

  • Countdown for Erb to come scold us for not realizing what an “honest broker steeped in reality” Obama really is in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .

    • I had a small revelation the other day when I realized that Jonah Goldberg has written a whole book about Erp.
      The Tyranny Of Cliches. I could suggest a subtitle: And The Idiots Who Love Them.

  • The War is Over, but the war continues.

  • But in the days since the president’s speech, American officials have asserted behind the scenes that the new standards would not apply to the C.I.A. drone program in Pakistan as long as American troops remained next door in Afghanistan — a reference to Mr. Obama’s exception for an “Afghan war theater.” For months to come, any drone strikes in Pakistan — the country that has been hit by the vast majority of them, with more than 350 such attacks by some estimates — will be exempt from the new rules.