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Forget it; the Global War on Terror (GWOT) is not becoming more "democratic" -- or even transparent.

US President Barack Obama now pledges to transfer the responsibility of the shadow "Drone Wars"  from the CIA to the Pentagon -- so the US Congress is able to monitor it.  

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Until virtually yesterday the Obama administration did not even recognize in public the existence of the shadow "Drone Wars."

The Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) at the Pentagon -- which would then be in charge of the "Drone Wars" -- is bound to remain secret.

And the Pentagon is not exactly yearning to retouch its definition of a "militant" -- a prime candidate to be "target-assassinated""any military-aged male in a strike zone" or a "Muslim" male, it goes without saying.  

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Obama's rhetoric is one thing. His administration's "Drone Wars" are another thing entirely.

The President now insists GWOT is no longer a "boundless global war."

That's rhetoric. For the Pentagon, the "entire globe is a battlefield."   

That is the operative concept since the beginning of GWOT, and inbuilt in the Pentagon's Full Spectrum Dominance doctrine.  And if the entire globe is a battlefield, all its causes and consequences are inter-connected.

The rules of the game

What's the difference between a British soldier (the UK is attached to GWOT via the "special relationship"), stationed at an army barracks, gruesomely hacked to death with a meat cleaver in a London street and a Syrian soldier beheaded/disemboweled/cannibalized in "rebel"-held territory by a mercenary Sunni jihadi?  

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The difference is that the Nigerian-British killer in London is a terrorist, and the jihadi in Syria is a freedom fighter.

What's the difference between an alleged -- never conclusively - proven Chechen-American principally responsible for the Boston bombing and a little Pashtun girl killed by a US drone in Waziristan?

The difference is that the Chechen-American is a terrorist, and the Pashtun girl is not even acknowledged by the Pentagon (and even if she was, she'd go down as "collateral damage.")

And what if the "collateral damage" is a US citizen, as in Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, the 16-year-old son of Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, "target-assassinated" by a US drone in Yemen in October 2011?  

It will take 19 months for the administration to admit he was "terminated" -- but still with no justification attached.  

GWOT's rules of the game won't change -- no matter how soaring Obama's rhetoric.

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Pepe Escobar is an independent geopolitical analyst. He writes for RT, Sputnik and TomDispatch, and is a frequent contributor to websites and radio and TV shows ranging from the US to East Asia. He is the former roving correspondent for Asia (more...)
 

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