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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Foreign policy failure can be fixed not by Dem-Repubs ─ Anderson, Stein

Airstrike hits
.… By
Obeying international law, building friendly relations, ending to aggression
Editing, re-reporting by 
Carolyn Bennett

U.S. government’s reckless foreign relations ─ Dem-Repubs agree on Drones-PLUS

The executive government in Washington has yet to give in-depth explanations as to why targeted killings are an option. RT is reporting today that United States-led drone strikes ─ the remote-controlled, killing machines, which are launched from tens of thousands of feet above the Earth and which target “suspected insurgents” (and indiscriminately kill untold hundreds if not thousands of civilians) ─ see no end in sight given the status quo in U.S. federal government.

Drone attack
Their performance on Tuesday made clear that U.S. Dem/Repub presidential candidates not only agree on assassination drones; but they cavalierly brag about this method of mass murder, a policy and practice that any sane person understands to be a violation of domestic law, moral principle, and international law.

The United States in recent years has ramped-up ‘counterterrorism’ tactics by expanding launching pads for drones around the world. Stealth airships today, RT reports, “can be dispatched in moments across the Middle East, the Arabian Peninsula or Northern Africa.” Domestically, these remote-controlled hostile machines “are expected to be cleared [this year] by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.”  

But for killers in chief this is not enough.

U.S. Remote killing

“According to a chilling report published Tuesday evening in the Washington Post,” RT reported that U.S. officials are going even further in the practice of “hands-off” murder by technological advancement. The “most advanced tactics” for decimating “alleged enemies without ever bringing them to trial are not being eliminated but updated.”

The current “secret Oval Office-penned roster of persons slated for extrajudicial execution” will soon be in the past, replaced by “a ‘disposition matrix,’ more modernized terminology and technology [that allows] ─

counterterrorism experts in Washington to plot not just who and how to kill; but where to find them and what to do in order to ‘bring them to justice.’
October 3 airstrike

Wrong on so many levels: in law, in morality, in human rights

The report says, “The matrix contains the names of terrorism suspects arrayed against an accounting of the resources being marshaled to track them down, including sealed indictments and clandestine operations.…  

The database is designed to go beyond existing kill lists, mapping plans for the ‘disposition’ of suspects beyond the reach of U.S. drones

Step-by-step procedures or algorithms are developed by computers as are answers justifying full-fledged manhunts and executions of any alleged enemies of the state.

Drone protest

Today in Pakistan, according to Press TV reports, “Local officials said an unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at a compound in the Tapi area near Miranshah, the major town of North Waziristan.” At least three people died. Two weeks ago (October 11), “sixteen Pakistani people were killed in a similar attack in South Waziristan tribal region” and “on October 10, a U.S. assassination drone strike killed five people in North Waziristan’s Hurmuz area.”

Yesterday, U.S. officials admitted killing civilians in Eastern Afghanistan.

This is the United States status quo but not the end of the story. There are options.

Though the corporate choreographers of the Dem/Repubs’ dance this week denied participation of presidential candidates Jill Stein of the Green Party and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party (U.S.), they did have something to say about drones and war and foreign policy. These are some Stein’s and Anderson’s responses on critical issues of foreign relations.

oth Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson agreed that the status quo in U.S. foreign policy is damaging to the United States and the world.

Outrageously inhuman policy

“Can you imagine,” Rocky Anderson asked, “if there were Muslim countries coming into the United States and occupying us, invading us, telling us how, where to run our government; and then running unmanned drones over Canada, Mexico, the United States ─ determining who is going to live and who is going to die, and in the process killing hundreds if not thousands of (we don’t know how many) innocent men, women and children?”

Anderson exclaimed at the “outrage” and went on to point out that “our national security is at risk long-term, because of the hostility and hatred we are generating throughout [the Middle East].

“We have got to turn this around,” Anderson said, “and we, the American people, can do it.”
Yemenis protest
foreign meddling


“We are seeing a very ill-conceived, irresponsible and immoral war policy come back to haunt us,” Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein said. “United States foreign policies have been based, unfortunately, on brute military force and wars for oil.”

Regarding the United States’ interference in another conflict, in Syria, Stein reflected on the past decade of U.S. aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq, amounting to great losses all over the world, and observed a seemingly chronic condition in U.S. officialdom, “collective amnesia.”

Anderson said, regarding the United States in Syria, “We are again trying to assert our will and dictate the result.”

War policy impairs domestic affairs

Stein continued. With a “bloated military-industrial-security budget,” trillions spent, and hundreds of thousands (U.S. and foreign) dead, Stein said, we need to ─

Cut the military budget to right size
Bring our war dollars home.
Build true security here at home

U.S. bullies Middle East

Justice Party presidential candidate Rocky Anderson said, “The policy failure has been in the way the United States has treated so many nations in the Middle East. We’re like the bully that never got counseling and we keep wondering why they don’t like us.”

Anderson pointed to “Our belligerence, our efforts to control, to dominate and to make certain that we will always have that control over the resources of Middle East nations” ─ this is the character that constitutes a foreign policy of failure, he said.

Our invasion and occupation of Iraq was completely illegal. Two United Nations secretaries-general declared it illegal.

It was a war of aggression, all done on a pack of lies.

Now, we aggravate the situation by keeping bases in scores of nations, including those of tyrants such as Saudi Arabia, bolstering these tyrants;  and  engaging in direct, unmanned drone strikes in at least four sovereign nations, killing hundreds if not thousands of innocent men, women and children.

We have a history of bullying in foreign relations and we need to “start building friendly relationships,” Rocky Anderson said. “This is a holistic problem, an imperialist foreign policy that we must turn around; and if we join together, the American people can see to it.”

Anti-American protests
Middle East
Violence has consequences

“It is very clear, Jill Stein said, “that there is blowback across the Middle East. Not only unrest directed at the Libyan embassy; but also at embassies across the Middle East (including other nations of North and East Africa).

“In Afghanistan, U.S. soldiers are being killed by police forces supposedly being trained by U.S. soldiers. Seventy-five percent of Pakistanis identify the United States, not as their supporter or their ally; but as their enemy.”

 Fixing foreign policy failure

To repair the failed U.S. foreign policy, Jill Stein added, “We need to stop the flow of the arms: the U.S. militaristic export of arms, the support of a profiteering war industry.” End this American complicity in “[throwing] gasoline on the fires of virtually every ethnic, religious and national conflict around the Middle East.”

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein said under her administration ─
We will have a foreign policy based on international law and human rights and we will use diplomacy.

Instead of fighting wars for oil, we will be leading America in the fight to end global warming and climate change.
“The American people can see to it,” Anderson said, “if we join together.”

Sources and notes

“Kill-list 2.0: Obama’s ‘disposition matrix’ maps out extrajudicial murders for years to come,”
October 24, 2012, http://rt.com/usa/news/disposition-matrix-kill-obama-146/

“U.S. assassination drone kills three in Pakistan’s North Waziristan,” October 24, 2012, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/10/24/268490/us-terror-drone-kills-3-in-pakistan/

“Two U.S.-led troops killed in Afghanistan,” October 24, 2012, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/10/24/268579/two-usled-troops-killed-in-afghanistan/

“U.S. admits to killing civilians in eastern Afghanistan,” October 23, 2012, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/10/23/268357/us-admits-to-killing-afghan-civilians/

“Exclusive: As Obama and Romney Agree on Afghan War, Israel and Syria, Third Parties Give Alternative” (Transcript) October 23, 2012

Amy Goodman: “In the last of our exclusive ‘Expanding the Debate’ series, we bring you highlights of our coverage of last night’s final presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, with the added voices of third-party candidates…

“In an evening focused on foreign policy, both Obama and Romney shared wide agreement on issues including support for the Israeli government, the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, and opposition to U.S. military involvement in Syria. But they clashed over a few key points, including military spending, negotiating with Iran, and responding to the Libyan embassy attack. Before a live audience in San Rafael, California, we aired the Obama-Romney debate and paused the tape to insert into the discussion [Jill Stein of the Green Party and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party], responding in real time to the same questions put to the Democratic and Republican Party candidates,” http://www.democracynow.org/2012/10/23/exclusive_as_obama_and_romney_agree#transcript


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