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Drone Wars, Kill Lists: A Dark, Deplorable Chapter in America's History

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Historians will laud America as a world power, a nation and a people of resolve and creativity that accomplished many great things; its high points in medical breakthroughs, space exploration, sending a man to the moon, and the internet. But they will also include a special chapter to describe the era when this nation descended to one of the lowest points in its history -- that's right here, right now.

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Most Americans have become quite familiar with President Obama's rapidly escalating use of drone wars that are indiscriminately killing both suspected terrorists and innocent civilians across Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen; those remote-controlled drones that routinely violate the air space and borders of nations. But they had no idea that this same President Obama, as recently reported by the NY Times, maintains a "Kill List" in the Oval Office by which he personally decides which person will be the next target.

 

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What in the world is happening here in America? After G.W. Bush took us into the illegal, destructive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, we saw the emergence of one Barack Obama, a symbol of hope for our nation; he was the self-appointed agent of change who inspired America with the stirring words of "real change" and "yes we can." Well, apparently, that was no more than an illusion. Yes, we are seeing change come to America but, unfortunately, it's exactly the worst kind that we might imagine.

 

O.K. so now most everyone in America must be fully aware that this president is escalating the drone wars and is maintaining a kill list. So what is the reaction in America? The mainstream media, except for the NY Times who exposed the kill list, just yawned and looked the other way; even MSNBC, the liberal TV news outlet remained silent, not daring to criticize this president no matter what he does.

 

And what is the reaction of the American people? They watch as these drones are unleashed against other nations, as a kill list is routinely maintained in the Oval Office. It may be hard to believe this, but here is an article from the Washington Post that indicates that the great majority of Americans fully approve of this president's drone wars and kill list.

 

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So what does this tell us when America has taken this dangerous turn in its history and it is met with nothing more than silence and a complete lack of concern? What it should tell the American people is that they better wake up and wake up fast. This government and this president have now opened up a new chapter in the escalation of unrestrained violence in the world. Right now it's a one-sided war with America launching all the drones on any suspected enemies in any nation that it believes harbors them. This totally misguided policy is going to open up the door to a world that is going to see a massive proliferation of these killer weapons of war by countless nations as they settle their differences by drone attacks rather than diplomacy and negotiations.

 

This proliferation of drone warfare begins a new, highly dangerous, phase in the War on Terror as those terrorists, many of which were created by America's drone wars, will suddenly be able to get their hands on relatively low-cost drone weaponry by which they will have the ability to strike back at America with their anger and fury; without realizing what it has done, this government is going to watch as the era of "Blowback" emerges. And this could get really ugly.

 

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Michael Payne is an independent, progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a featured writer on Opednews and Nation of Change and his articles have appeared on many other websites (more...)
 

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