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Posts Tagged ‘drones

Good Friday and Easter musings on the US Empire

April 6, 2012

Over Holy Week, the days before celebrating the resurrection of Jesus on Easter, Christians are called to meditate on Jesus’ last days. On Good Friday, in churches and often in city streets, it is customary to retrace the “Way of the Cross,” symbolically following Jesus from his trial before the Roman procurator Pontius Pilate to […]

Droning on about American Drones

March 26, 2012

A commentary on Medea Benjamin’s new book, Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control: Killing individuals (and whoever is near them) via drones (“unmanned aerial vehicles”) has become the primary substitute in U.S. public policy for capture/imprisonment/torture. As Medea Benjamin documents, the United States has avoided detaining people, only to murder them with a drone days […]

Drones account for one in three US warplanes

January 12, 2012

Up until a few years ago, most Americans didn’t know much about drones or unmanned aircraft. However, the U.S. military has been using drones in its various wars and conflicts around the world for more than 15 years, using the Predator drone for the first time in Bosnia in 1995, and the Global Hawk drone […]

Putin highlights US role in Gaddafi’s killing

December 15, 2011

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused U.S. drones and special forces of involvement in the death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Putin’s comments were prompted by a question during his traditional year-end question-and-answer program, broadcast live by state media. Responding to a question about Senator John McCain purportedly predicting Putin would meet the same fate […]

Where is drone warfare headed?

September 29, 2011

The fast developing predator drone technology, officially called unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, is becoming so dominant and so beyond any restraining framework of law or ethics, that its use by the U.S. government around the world may invite a horrific blowback. The Pentagon has about 7,000 aerial drones. Ten years ago there were less […]

An American World of Drone Warfare

September 24, 2011

The U.S. has acquired experience in using drones against suspected terrorists and other kinds of its foes in at least six countries – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya. U.S. officials have disclosed plans for further deployment of its drone planes in East Africa. A base on the Seychelles for Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles […]

What has the war in Afghanistan really achieved?

July 1, 2011

So far, the war in Afghanistan has lasted nine years, eight months and some days, cost the lives of 2,547 coalition troops, and between 14,000 and 34,000 civilians, created millions of refugees, and opened up a black hole in Western economies that has sucked in more $500bn dollars. Afghanistan costs the US around $10bn a […]

US Special Forces warfare Geneva Conventions and UN Charter be damned

May 29, 2011

[Until recently, the approaches to warfare could be summed up as] the Powell Doctrine, the Rumsfeld Doctrine, and the Petraeus Doctrine. The Powell Doctrine is essentially conventional warfare a-la-World War II: massive firepower, lots of soldiers, clear goals. This was the formula for the first Gulf War, which, after a month of bombing, lasted only […]

Extrajudicial killings by US military the new norm

May 10, 2011

World attention has been focused on questions of legality regarding the killing of Osama bin Laden, some questioning whether it would have been both possible and advantageous to bring bin Laden to trial rather than kill him. But, with the increasing use of Predator drones to kill suspected “high value targets” in Pakistan and Afghanistan, […]

Revealed WikiLeaks secrets we didn’t know

December 4, 2010

The whistleblower’s latest document dump expose: 1. Yemen Takes the Fall for U.S. Drones Yemen has been covering up for the U.S by saying publicly that attacks initiated by the State Department were directed by Yemen. “We’ll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours,” Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh told General David Petraeus in […]