Once president, he ordered the many Predator Drone Hellfire missile strikes, seen by more cautious military minds as counterproductive for being indiscriminate in taking innocent lives, inciting bitter animosity, retributive reaction and increased recruitment by those dedicated to vengeance.
When a couple of months ago a peace was arranged in the Swat valley on terms that left the Taliban an tribal allies in control, the Pakistani government ordering its military to stand down in the name of ending the loss of lives taken in the back and forth fighting, the Obama administration showed its distress immediately. "Very concerned," was the phrase most heard from cabinet members in reaction to this, for them, disturbing, even shocking news.
Oh my! was the apprehensive sounding tone of voice from Martin Savage, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, and all the young good looking lady news reporters. A peace deal! With the Taliban!
From the more tough guy demeanor of 'Hardballing' Chris Mathews, seriously dramatic Christine Amanpour, and humor projecting Rachel Maddow the tone of voice was incredulous rather than worried sounding.
Once the killing got going in a big way, with over a million refugees generated, all the news providers took back-to-normal sounding tones of voice as they announced the comfortably high body counts of dead Taliban and their tribal allies along of course with the usual occasional mention of certain unfortunate civilian casualties.
Real civil war, with hostilities increased in scope and area, had overcome a temporary peace scare for the Obama war hawks in Washington, their generals in Afghanistan, and for the media personnel in the news rooms of the cartelized TV networks of America the righteous.
For those interested in preventive peace actions, appended below are serious OEN articles on what the U.S. has been doing to the Pashtuns on the other side of the British drawn Durand line:
Once Bush II gaffed, "We cannot accept that there can be free democratic elections in a country under foreign military occupation." Slipped his mind Afghan and Iraq elections were being held under violent US occupation. Colonial democracy? Human rights? Not even the right not to be suddenly blown to pieces. Real freedom for the dead. That NO Afghani attacked the US or elsewhere unimportant.No right to fight US & Co. invaders.Obama Is Responsible For Slaughtered Afghanis. No Afghani Attacked US - September 7, 2009
On Harry Truman's desk a sign read "The buck stops here!" Truman accepted responsibility for even his vilest acts, "Bush mass-murderer!" cried the US peace movement which imperialist media has now anesthetized. Whose fault these massacres? US airmen? Afghani fighters defending against invasion as they always have done? Jimmy Carter for suckering in Russia? Ronald Reagan for supporting Taliban? Bush for invading?
No Afghani Ever Attacked the US, UK, EU, Australia or Anywhere Else - September 2, 2009
(3 comments) Americans have been killing Afghanis for 8 years. And in 1979, President Carter attacked the women's liberating socialist Kabul government by covert funding, arming and training fundamentalist hill tribes who did not want their daughters in school. Brzezinski correctly advised it would scare the USSR into coming to the Kabul government's defense. That no Afghani ever attacked the US is unimportant. Neither did the Vietnamese
Would Americans tolerate and peaceably cooperate with an invasion and occupation of the U.S. by Iraqi, Afghani, and Somali army and marines with Pakistani Predator drones hanging in the air over the countryside targeting bad-guy Americans with Hellfire misilles under the pretext of protecting their countries from terrorists hiding in America, though no American had lifted a hand against their Muslim homelands? Would Americans have accepted bombardment and occupation by Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian and Korea military?
Are Americans as a nation mentally challenged? Are their brains gone soft and addled from watching and listening to thousands of hours of hyper TV commercial advertising?
Do they really believe everything they are told by CNN and backed up by slant and inference and omission in the New York Times? Can they never put themselves in the shoes of those Third World inhabitants they have butchered by the millions?