A very temporary improvement
Jan 23rd, 2017 by Ken Hagler

Drone Strike in Yemen Likely First of Trump Administration. . A second strike on Friday, Donald Trump’s first day in the Oval Office, killed three alleged militants, according to the Associated Press, which reported that Yemeni government officials (who often feed U.S. intelligence information on targets) attributed the strikes to the U.S. [Hit & Run]

When Trump took office it was the first time in sixteen years that a President wasn’t already a war criminal at his inauguration. Trump didn’t even make it a day before changing that.

American justice is an oxymoron
Jan 26th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

Rules of American justice: a tale of three cases. The Rules of American Justice are quite clear:

(1) If you are a high-ranking government official who commits war crimes, you will receive full-scale immunity, both civil and criminal, and will have the American President demand that all citizens Look Forward, Not Backward.

(2) If you are a low-ranking member of the military, you will receive relatively trivial punishments in order to protect higher-ranking officials and cast the appearance of accountability.

(3) If you are a victim of American war crimes, you are a non-person with no legal rights or even any entitlement to see the inside of a courtroom.

(4) If you talk publicly about any of these war crimes, you have committed the Gravest Crime — you are guilty of espionage – and will have the full weight of the American criminal justice system come crashing down upon you. [Glenn Greenwald]

It’s pretty obvious that the U.S. legal system really has nothing to do with justice except through the occasional coincidence, in much the same way that the U.S. Constitution has nothing to do with the U.S. government.

Historical note
Jan 20th, 2011 by Ken Hagler

I just noticed that the current Evil Empire has now been “liberating” Afghanistan for almost two months longer than the previous Evil Empire.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss
Feb 3rd, 2009 by Ken Hagler

The More Things Change… Part IV.

Posting from: Philipsburg, MT

Number of civilians killed in Iraq since Obama took office: 41
Reference: Iraq Body Count database

Number of coalition forces killed in Iraq since Obama took office: 8
Reference: DoD Confirmation list hosted by

The above numbers aren’t even necessarily up to date due to the lag in gathering and verifying data before reporting it, but it’s pretty clear that we’re not doing very well at leaving. Imagine what 16 months worth of this is going to look like. And that’s assuming the highly unlikely best-case scenario that Obama has been trying to weasel out of since he threw down that deadline.

And that’s just Iraq. What about Afghanistan? Pakistan?

How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?

Yesterday in Iraq, Barack Obama’s responsibly leaving army blockaded a village, invaded a family home at 2:00 in the morning, and gunned down a mother and father in the bed they shared with their 9 year old daughter. (The girl, besides being orphaned, was also wounded by the gunfire.)

On Friday, in Afghanistan, Barack Obama’s army forged peace by trooping into Laghman province, surrounding houses in a village, and then launching a raid where they killed 16 civilians — 2 women, 3 children, and 11 men — with gunfire and precision bombs dropped from planes.

On Friday, in Pakistan, Barack Obama’s army forged peace by firing missiles repeatedly into houses in several villages in the Waziristan region. Barack Obama’s missiles killed twenty-two people, about 15 of them civilians and at least 3 of them children. The idea was to help create the conditions for a lasting peace.

Every one of these deaths is blood on Barack Obama’s hands. Every one of these people who were killed, were killed on Barack Obama’s orders and in the name of his war policy. Because Obama wants to wash his hands of the United States government’s war on Iraq and its war on Afghanistan, every day that he delays getting out, completely — delays getting out in the name of exit strategies and central fronts and responsibility — which is to say, delays that happen because he is still convinced that, with the right sort of gradualist policy, he can somehow try to win wars that should never have been fought — is another person who is killed so that Barack Obama, after being elected as a peace candidate, can adopt and prolong the collossal, catastrophic mistakes of a disastrous failure of a predecessor, so that he won’t come off as being soft on national defense.

I am impressed. Obama seems to be expanding the United States’ mess beyond where Bush left it. And yet this man was elected in large part on the support of those who want these wars to end.

Please. Please. Please. Think about how this happened. Enough with the feel-good dramatics. It is well past time to THINK.

[Enjoy Every Sandwich]

A bit of reality for those fools who believed that the canonization inauguration of Saint Barack the Obamessiah was going to change anything about the realities of the Evil Empire.

New media scoops old media, old media plays dumb
Oct 29th, 2008 by Ken Hagler

Georgia accused of targeting civilians. The BBC has discovered evidence that Georgia may have committed war crimes in its attack on its breakaway region of South Ossetia in August.

Eyewitnesses have described how its tanks fired directly into an apartment block, and how civilians were shot at as they tried to escape the fighting. [BBC News]

Of course The Exile ran a post about this story on September 4. They didn’t rely on unspecified eyewitnesses, though–they had actual video footage taken by a Georgian solider of himself indiscriminately and continuously firing his tank’s antiaircraft machine gun into civilian residences as the tank drove by.

The BBC makes no mention of this earlier coverage.

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