Thursday, June 25, 2015
Happy Birthday, George Orwell (Drone Strike Edition)
Everyone in America seems to be quoting him reverentially today. I'll join that parade.
According to the best sources available, the US has killed 1147 civilians in drone campaigns meant to eliminate 41 Al-Qaeda leaders. The Obama Administration continues to insist that the program is based on "precision" targeting with a "near certainty" that no civilians will be harmed, and that "operations" are only undertaken in the face of an "imminent threat."
What would George make of all that, do you think?
And what would he make of our country's enduring popular support for the drone campaign?