Pakistani Drone Strikes & Other Man-Caused Disasters

Since President Barack Hussein Obama took office almost three years ago (which seems like an eternity), he has increased the amount of drone attacks in the Middle East – an extremely hypocritical policy, considering how he’s blasted the Bush Administration’s War on Terror…ummm…excuse me…man-caused disasters:

During an Oct. 3, 2011, appearance on the Fox Business Network, Rep. John Fleming, R-La., said he agreed with comments critical of President Barack Obama that former Vice President Dick Cheney had offered one day earlier during an interview on CNN’s State of the Union.

Cheney had argued that Obama had criticized aspects of the Bush-Cheney approach to countering terrorism, yet once in office chose to follow many of his predecessors’ policies. “If you’ve got the president of the United States out there saying we overreacted to 9/11 on our watch, that’s not good,” Cheney said.

Host Candy Crowley then asked Cheney, “You’d like an apology, it sounds like?”

Cheney responded, “Well, I would. I think that would be, not for me, but I think for the Bush administration. …”

Fleming, in his Fox Business Network interview, echoed Cheney’s line of argument. During the interview, host Eric Bolling asked Fleming, “Does the president owe an apology to Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney?”

Fleming answered, “Absolutely, Eric. I agree with the former Vice President. President Obama is more and more beginning to look like the hypocrite-in-chief when it comes to the war on terrorism. All sorts of things that he criticized the president for, he’s actually continued and even extended. This drone attack program, he’s got it at the highest level ever.”

Unfortunately, the more you use a technology, the more you take the chance that the technology, or its operators,  will eventually screw up:

The Obama administration promised a full investigation into a NATO air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers Saturday.

Hours after the attack, Secretary of State Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta expressed regret over the loss of life to their Pakistani counterparts, officials said.

Officials in Islamabad claimed the United States-led forces fired on the Pakistan Tensions between Islamabad and Washington, which have been high for years, grew worse after terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden was found living peacefully in Pakistan.

U.S. officials have also accused Pakistan of not doing enough to stop militant attacks on American soldiers, while many in Pakistan have long been suspicious of the NATO presence in the region.

NATO investigators believe the air strike was meant for insurgents who inhabit the troubled border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The coalition launched an immediate investigation into the attack, officials said.

Needless to say, Pakistanis do not wish to forgive and forget:

Hundreds of enraged Pakistanis took to the streets across the country Sunday, burning an effigy of President Barack Obama and setting fire to US flags after 24 soldiers died in NATO air strikes.

The rallies were organised by opposition and right-wing Islamist groups in major cities of the nuclear-armed country of 167 million people, where opposition to the government’s US alliance is rampant.

In Karachi, the port city used by the United States to ship supplies to troops fighting in Afghanistan, more than 700 people gathered outside the US consulate, an AFP photographer said.

They shouted: “down with America, stay away Americans, Pakistan is ours, we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our army”, while Pakistani riot police were deployed near the consulate.

Outside the press club in Karachi, dozens of political activists burnt an effigy of President Obama, an AFP photographer added.

In the central city of Multan, more than 300 activists loyal to the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, as well as local traders took to the streets, burning US and NATO flags.

They carried placards and banners, and shouted: “down with America,” “down with NATO,” “Yankees go back”, “vacate Afghanistan and Pakistan” and “stop drone attacks” — a reference to a CIA drone war against Islamist militants.

Speaking at the rally, opposition lawmaker Javed Hashmi demanded that the government end its alliance in the US-led “war on terror”.

In Islamabad, at least 200 activists of the radical Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) party held a rally in the middle-class I-10 neighbourhood.

“We strongly condemn the attack and the killing of our soldiers,” local JI chief Mian Aslam told the rally in reference to the air strike early Saturday, as protestors chanted “Pakistan is America’s graveyard.”

Pakistan has reacted with fury over the killings, and has called the attack by NATO helicopters and fighter jets on two military posts close to the Afghan border “unprovoked”.

In response, Islamabad has sealed its Afghan border to NATO supply convoys and is reviewing its alliance with the United States and NATO, mulling whether to boycott a key international conference on Afghanistan next month.

Unfortunately for Obama, and even more unfortunate for Americans, this incident is just a pimple on the posterior of a failed foreign policy which has allowed the replacement of moderate Muslim dictators in the Middle East with hard-line adherents, who are friendly with, if not members of, the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic terrorist organization our idiotic administration has been courting.

All of this takes place under the watch of a Commander-in-Chief who once said “The Muslim Call to Prayer is one of the prettiest sounds on earth.”

Thanks to his inept foreign policy, several countries in the Middle East will be hearing that sound more often.

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