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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Africa's Embassies Are Next


So we now have what, 20 ,American Embassies closed due to a credible threat from AQAP centered in Yemen with recommendations that US nationals leave the country also? The vast expansion of drone use since Obama took office was supposed to decrease the threat to America and our people yet the opposite has happened. So if that isn't working too well, why are we expanding a failed program to Africa ? Do we want to have to close Embassies and advise our nationals to leave there too ? I have yet to see one program Obama and his cabinet had their hand in which was successful in almost six years in office. Hell, even Jimmy Carter had a success or two like the Camp David Accords and the SALT II treaty but Obama ? Whats he got to brag about, the Mideast in flames, Obama-care, major cities going bankrupt, IRS targeting journalist,
killing Qaddafi AND Ambassador Stevens, worst economy since the Great Depression,
repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell? Each time one of these things comes up I am awestruck
at how insane this man's blunderings are and incredulous that this nation doesn't say
"OK enough already, this time you've gone too far." So now we are going to start droning Africans?

"America’s actions are legal" claimed President Obama in a speech on drones earlier this year. It was the latest in a string of attempts made by his administration to justify covert strikes carried out by the US overseas in countries including the Arab peninsula’s poorest nation, Yemen.
In Yemen’s capital Sanaa, it appears the country’s civil society disagrees. Members of Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference (NDC) - a US-supported initiative which will map out Yemen’s post-Arab Spring future - overwhelmingly voted to criminalise drone strikes in Yemen. The Yemeni people have spoken. Now Presidents Hadi and Obama must listen, for their own sake, as much as that of Yemen.

From the Washington Post
"The “next phase of drone warfare” will extend “far beyond traditional, declared combat zones,"
Africa, according to the report filed July 20, will see an enormous increase in the sorties of unmanned aerial vehicles remotely piloted by U.S. airmen. The commander of U.S. forces in Africa has purportedly requested a “15-fold increase in surveillance, reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering on the continent.”
Drone bases are going up all over Africa, so the multiplicity of missions will be easily accommodated. As the Post points out:
In Africa, the U.S. Air Force began flying unarmed drones over the Sahara five months ago to track al-Qaeda fighters and rebels in northern Mali. The Pentagon has also set up drone bases in Ethiopia, Djibouti and Seychelles."

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