Although America’s nuclear-armed frenemies don’t like it, it appears Obama’s drone warfare, his civil authoritarianism, and his broken campaign promises are quite popular with Americans.
From the Washington Post:
The sharpest edges of President Obama’s counterterrorism policy, including the use of drone aircraft to kill suspected terrorists abroad and keeping open the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, have broad public support, including from the left wing of the Democratic Party.
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that Obama, who campaigned on a pledge to close the brig in Cuba and to change national security policies he criticized as inconsistent with U.S. law and values, has little to fear politically for failing to live up to all of those promises.
The survey shows that 70 percent of respondents approve of Obama’s decision to keep open the prison at Guantanamo Bay. He pledged during his first week in office to close the prison within a year, but he has not done so.
Obama has also relied on armed drones far more than Bush did, and he has expanded their use beyond America’s defined war zones. The Post-ABC News poll found that 83 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s drone policy, which administration officials refuse to discuss, citing security concerns.
Obama is expanding drone warfare and surveillance further still — into the United States. Current Federal Aviation Authority estimates suggest that drones deployed over the United States will grow from just over 300 today to over 30,000 by 2020.
I wonder if the American public will be so supportive after 8 years of expanding drone warfare and surveillance in their own skies?
It is surprising to me — given America already amassed the biggest debt in history during this latest imperial binge — that Americans are still cheering. But, I suppose, selling expensive military interventionism and the curtailment of civil liberties to a gung-ho, juiced-up public has many historical antecedents. It also happened a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away….
We’re all Jar Jar Binks-ians now.
Jar Jar Keynes.
We can thank the propaganda machine, AKA the Main Stream Media, for much of the cheering. William Randolf Hurst was the true pioneer. He created the Spanish American War just to sell newspapers. We need a serious course correction. While Americans rot in front of their TV’s and Video Games the country is losing its civil liberties. The Republic is now an Empire.
Well, good luck fighting a revolution if govt turns completely totalitarian with these 30.000 drones. For “New World Order” to subdue it’s own citizens drones are the best option. If in case of a civil war some soldiers are against the govt, manned jets or helicopters are not so great. As soon as they’re out pilots can run away, or join the enemy, like recently in few cases in Libya. Drone operator sits behind a desk and loyal sergeant may be standing right behind him… Even if half of these operators wanted to desert and the rest was demoralized they will still do the job.
The problem with drone warfare — as America recently discovered — is the drones are made with Chinese components, and these components may have security vulnerabilities that can be exploited.
That is how Stalin won the war.
“Keep firing, don’t step back, step forward or you will be shot”.
Hey gotta get employment numbers up somehow. Get your home land security degree and you can be flying a drone in no time.
A friend of mine has a MA in homeland security. No kidding.
yeah I thought it was a joke at first but several colleges and universities are offering it. Do you know what type of courses your friend took?
This made me physically sick!
My family in Ukraine WW2 was burned alive in their homes, because some Nazi, gave the village idiot, a gun. a uniform and a wad of Nazi printed cash.
How is that for a self esteem boost. “Now do as I say”
It’s very disturbing. Here I posted a few links to actual programs being offered. http://bit.ly/y8JOYC
I think we have been fed an alarmist misinformation. Every government department needs waffling paper shufflers and repor preparers. This degree just gives them the paperwork to employ bureaucrats not soldiers.
Don’t contribute misinformation on this site.
are you joking?
BTW the point about flying a drone was tongue and cheek. I don’t doubt that a lot of people who get these degrees will be pushing papers. However, judging from the images on the school websites that is definitely NOT how they are portraying the career.
No I wasn’t joking, but because this site is not mainstream, we assume all contributors are learned, are not pushing a political agenda, and are just contributing information that has some truth and substance. I was gullible to believe untill I looked it.
I agree Marketing departments can get ahead of themselves and use flashy pictures to rectruit students, so I apologise for my abuse.
Perhaps they will groom the “Paper Shufflers” at a later date! Perhaps recruit from the campus “Online War Game Club”
Makes me sick too.
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