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How the President Became a Drone Operator:From Obama to Trump, the Escalation of Drone Warfare

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 I n the 1st half of last year,  U.S. and Afghan air and drone strikes  killed more civilians than the Taliban for the first time ever. In his Nobel Prize speech, Obama claimed that the reason the US adhered to certain rules of conduct in war like protecting civilians was because “that’s what makes us different from those whom we fight. That is the source of our strength.”He  did not mention that he had already authorized  more drone strikes than his predecessor, George W. Bush, approved during his entire presidency. In its recklessness and brutality, Trump’s escalating drone war should remind us all of just how dangerous it is when a president claims the legal authority to kill in secret and no one can stop him. Maybe this decade we’ll learn our lesson

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The author wrote:

"New decades afford us a chance to take a good, hard look at what transpired in the years past. Until that strike in Iraq occurred, it seemed like every time I opened Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram in the new year, I was inundated with sentimental reflections about how far we've come in the last 10 years and where we're going next. And I get it. I really do. It's the beginning of a new decade...With the world veering into unprecedented territory, I realized that it was time for me to take off those rose-colored glasses, reflect on what our world really looked like 10 years ago and how oblivious I was to so many of the darker parts of it."

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