US Politics in Trump era Public date: 19.09.2019 21:40:40

18 Oct 2017

Trump Has Killed More Civilians with Illegal Drone Strikes in 9 Months Than Obama Did in 8 Years

Former President Obama earned the nickname of “Drone King” when he dramatically escalated the use of drone strikes, while also downplaying the number of innocent civilians who became “collateral damage.” In the two years that his administration devoted to publicly spending millions of taxpayer dollars to fight the Islamic State group, the  estimated civilian death toll ranged from 2,300 to 3,400, according to Airwars, an organization tracking deaths in the war against ISIS.President Trump has been in office for just 9 months, and he has already surpassed Obama’s murderous record with estimated numbers as high as 4,500 civilian deaths.
Former President Obama earned the nickname of “Drone King” when he dramatically escalated the use of...

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23 Sep 2017

‘Trump looking to loosen Obama limits on drone strikes’

The New York Times, citing unnamed officials, reported on Thursday that Trump's top national security advisers have proposed relaxing two rules from administration of Barack Obama, the former US president.  The officials said the targets of kill missions by the military and the CIA would be expanded to include foot-soldier fighters with no  special skills or leadership roles. 
The New York Times, citing unnamed officials, reported on Thursday that Trump's top national...

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15 Sep 2017

C.I.A. Wants Authority to Conduct Drone Strikes in Afghanistan for the First Time

The  C.I.A. is pushing for expanded powers to carry out covert drone  strikes in Afghanistan and other active war zones, a proposal that the White  House appears to favor despite the misgivings of some at the Pentagon, according to current and former intelligence and military officials. If approved by President Trump, it would mark the first time the C.I.A. has had such powers in Afghanistan, expanding beyond its existing authority to carry out covert strikes against Al Qaeda and other terrorist targets across the border in Pakistan.
The  C.I.A. is pushing for expanded powers to carry out covert drone  strikes in Afghanistan and other active...
1 Apr 2017

Politics, Power, and Preventive Action The (Not-So) Peaceful Transition of Power: Trump’s Drone Strikes Outpace Obama

As a candidate, President Donald Trump was deeply misleading about the sorts of military operations that he would support. He claimed to have  opposed the 2003 Iraq War when he actually backed it, and to have opposed the 2011 Libya intervention when he actually strongly endorsed it, including with U.S. ground troops. Yet, Trump and his loyalists consistently implied that he would be less supportive of costly and bloody foreign wars, especially when compared to President Obama, and by extension, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 
As a candidate, President Donald Trump was deeply misleading about the sorts of military operations that he...

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