"Indeed, Obama’s first authorized drone attack in Yemen led to the deaths of 14 women and 21 children, and only one al-Qaeda affiliate."
"If you go to the village of Al-Majalah in Yemen, where I was, and you see the unexploded clusterbombs and you have the list and photographic evidence, as I do—the women and children that represented the vast majority of the deaths in this first strike that Obama authorized on Yemen—those people were murdered by President Obama, on his orders, because there was believed to be someone from Al Qaeda in that area. There’s only one person that’s been identified that had any connection to Al Qaeda there. And 21 women and 14 children were killed in that strike and the U.S. tried to cover it up, and say it was a Yemeni strike, and we know from the Wikileaks cables that David Petraeus conspired with the president of Yemen to lie to the world about who did that bombing. It’s murder—it’s mass murder—when you say, ‘We are going to bomb this area’ because we believe a terrorist is there, and you know that women and children are in the area. The United States has an obligation to not bomb that area if they believe that women and children are there. I’m sorry, that’s murder."
A group of about 20 U.S. special forces are on the ground in Yemen, helping the government fight insurgents in the south of the country, officials say.
Their work includes using high-tech equipment to help the Yemeni military locate targets, the Los Angeles Times reported. The new president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadid, is reported to be more willing to work with the United States than his predecessor, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down after months of protests.
“There are ways of checking their homework,” a senior U.S. defense official said. “They’ve been trusted partners.”
Antiwar.com’s Jason Ditz reminds us that just days ago, the official word is that the United States is not interested in sending in ground troops:
The revelation comes just days after the most recent denial by Leon Panetta, who insisted that there was no consideration of US ground troops inside Yemen. President Obama had likewise ruled out such a move repeatedly.
Though this is the first official acknowledgement of the mission, the Pentagon accidentally confirmed the operation in early March, when it announced that a US “security team,” which was never reported deployed in the first place, had come under attack in Aden.
I am hoping that the likes of Sen. Rand Paul and other antiwar foes in Congress will bring attention to this, but I suspect that this will not garner any attention in the corporate media. Hopefully, with enough noise in the liberty movement, this very important issue will register in people’s radars. And with government debt spinning out-of-control, could we afford yet another illegal and expensive war?
"CAN WE NOT DRONE PEOPLE
- Picture of a protest sign on someone's wall: Obama is *not* a brown-skinned anti-war socialist who gives away free healthcare. You're thinking of jesus.
- Me: I'm pretty sure Jesus never advocated any kind of government welfare.
- Me: And clearly Obama is not anti-war, considering he's started new bombing operations in Yemen and Somalia, expanded the bombing of Pakistan, and started a new (and unconstitutional) war against Libya.
- A girl named Emily: He did give away free healthcare though... and food... and wine.
- Me: No one [rational] is arguing against any kind of help or aid to the impoverished. [Rational] people are arguing against it being the government that provides it.