Jack Unwin from Edge Hill University writes for the National Student that Obama’s image of a man of peace is a fabrication:
In this country President Obama still enjoys a hallowed reputation which he earned way back in 2008. A reputation as a man of peace, which earned him a Nobel peace prize the following year. It could be argued that there has never been a less deserving winner, until you realise Henry Kissinger somehow got his hands on the award back in 1973.
On Tuesday a major article appeared in The New York Times discussing the Obama administration’s (counter) terrorism methods.
For those who don’t know, the favoured weapon of the administration is the drone, a UAV controlled from a base in Nevada to unleash horror on civilians and enemy combatants alike. It has been used in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia in Obama’s escalation of Middle Eastern wars.
Obama loves this weapon with all his heart, and from reading the article clearly enjoys choosing the people that the drones will send to their doom. Here’s an excerpt from it:
“Mr. Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret “nominations” process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical. He had vowed to align the fight against Al Qaeda with American values; the chart, introducing people whose deaths he might soon be asked to order, underscored just what a moral and legal conundrum this could be.
Mr. Obama is the liberal law professor who campaigned against the Iraq war and torture, and then insisted on approving every new name on an expanding “kill list,” poring over terrorist suspects’ biographies on what one official calls the macabre “baseball cards” of an unconventional war.”
So how do Obama and his team decide on who dies and who survives for a while longer? According to the report about once a week about 100 national security members meet to go over PowerPoint biographies of suspects, when a target is selected the nominations go to the White House where Obama gives them his seal of approval.
Full story here.