Less than 24 hours from the re-election of President Obama, news of a new drone strike hit Yemen. The strike was in the al-Sarin village in Sanhan and killed Adnan al-Qadhi, Rabeaa Lahib and Radwan al-Hashdhi and injured others, including a boy. Yet, this strike is different from previous ones because Sanhan is less than 40km from the capital Sanaa and happens to be the former president Ali Abdulla Saleh's hometown.Obama's Second Term Foreign Policy Will Bring New Challenges Over Drone Strikes (Huffington Post):
A White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. If it were a American strike, of course, it would have to have been authorized by Obama.America's deadly double tap drone attacks are 'killing 49 people for every known terrorist in Pakistan':
Just one in 50 victims of America’s deadly drone strikes in Pakistan are terrorists – while the rest are innocent civilians, a new report claimed today. The authoritative joint study, by Stanford and New York Universities, concludes that men, women and children are being terrorised by the operations ’24 hours-a-day’.Former CIA Official: Drone War Kills Innocents, Creates Terrorist Safe Havens:
We’re at a point now where Obama is counting ”all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants,” as administration officials told the New York Times, “unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent.” If anyone thinks we won’t be garnering any new enemies with that kind of policy, maybe its time they applied for a gig at the CIA.Election’s Over, Can We Focus on the Wars Now?:
Is there a charitable interpretation of much of the left’s silence about Barack Obama’s war policies? Either they don’t know about them, they don’t care about them or they find building the welfare state a more urgent cause than dismantling the warfare state ...
George W. Bush’s critics (many on the left) skewered him for authorizing waterboarding, placing the issue on political center stage in his second term and forcing his apologists to insist it wasn’t torture. Barack Obama’s war critics so far have numbered much fewer, his apologists preferring to see no evil rather than having to engage or justify it. Here's hoping that changes in the second term.