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President Obama Drones On And On; Ranks Of New Terrorists Swell

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Question: when President Obama's issues orders to launch Predator or Reaper drones in Pakistan, Somalia or Yemen, which then take a terrible toll on innocent civilians, how many new potential recruits for ISIS, Al-Qaeda or Daesh are generated? We don't know for sure but it's becoming evident that the more drones Mr. Obama launches the more the ranks of new terrorist recruits swell.

You would think that Mr. Obama would realize this and, perhaps, he does. But I doubt if he comprehends that his particular strategy of fighting "suspected" terrorists is turning into a classic example of what is called the "law of diminishing returns", my special interpretation of which is; as these attacks are relentlessly pursued, they lose their effectiveness and, instead, produce highly negative results.

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So as the recruitment of new terrorists gains momentum does this president meet with his military advisers to address the fact that these actions are, in fact, backfiring and causing blowback; and that a scaling back would be in order? Doesn't he even begin to comprehend that, as citizens of those countries see members of their families and their friends being incinerated, they are infuriated and this is motivating many of them to seek revenge? Apparently not, because as this situation worsens, this president drones on and on.

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Might he have seen this report about the young Somalians living in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area of Minnesota who have joined ISIS in Iraq and Syria? It's amazing to read stories like this from news outlets that talk about such ISIS sympathizers in the U.S. but they never point out that the main reason this is happening is because they want revenge for the deaths of innocent people in their countries of origin.

There are more and more ominous signs that America's many enemies in the world are now closely bonding together in pursuing the same objective, i.e., to fight America. We've heard many accounts of how new recruits are coming from nations all over the world to join ISIS. Now here's a report that indicates that Boko Haram, the Nigerian based terror organization, has pledged allegiance to ISIS.

Some in America might wonder if Mr. Obama ever feels remorseful about the hundreds of innocent civilians that have been killed by these deadly drones. There's no evidence that he does and, in fact, during the White House Correspondent's Association Dinner in 2010, President Obama made this crude joke that many, upon hearing it, felt that it showed a disregard for human life. Seeing the Jonas Brothers sitting in the audience at the dinner, Obama joked: "Sasha and Malia are huge fans, but boys, don't get any ideas. Two words for you: predator drones. You will never see it coming." You got that right, Mr. President; just like those hundreds of innocent civilians who "never saw it coming either.

If one closely watches what is going on with this government it becomes quite apparent that this president is under the control of the military establishment; that it is in charge and calling the shots. We have seen the renewal of bombing in Iraq and now Syria; we keep hearing high level military officials talking about putting "Boots on the ground" and more talk of slowing down withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

Mr. Obama's obsession with drones has apparently become infectious. Drones can already be found in the skies above certain areas of this country. Soon they will become common tools of law enforcement agencies, real estate companies, land survey companies and numerous other business entities. As they fill the skies over America how in the world will they be controlled, especially near flight patterns, and who can guarantee that they will not be used by terrorists to bring down airliners or attack the White House or Congress?

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Not only that but President Obama is now making America a distributor of military drones to other allied countries. This article tells how the U.S., the largest seller of military weaponry in the world, will now add another sophisticated weapon of destruction to its line of products. Sales will boom and add to the massive profits of the defense industry. Too bad America no longer can manufacture major appliances, electronics and clothing.

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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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