As America struggles with the depth of the incompetence behind the roll out of Obamacare, a new book recounting the 2012 presidential election reports that President Barack Obama is confident that he is good at one thing — “killing people.”
According to a Washington Post review of the book “Double Down,” coauthored by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, Obama told his aides that he’s “really good at killing people” while “meditating” over drone strikes.
A claim that is hard to argue when considering to what extent Obama has expanded the drone war.
Since being elected, Obama has ordered 326 strikes in Pakistan, 93 in Yemen, and several in Somalia, compared to a total of just 52 under his predecessor, according to Business Insider.
Further documentation that supports Obama’s grim claim, from Business Insider:
Obama oversaw the 2009 surge in Afghanistan, 145 Predator drone strikes in NATO’s 2011 Libya operations, the May 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and drone strikes that killed the Pakistani Taliban leader and a senior member of the Somali-based militant group al-Shabab this week.
Other practices happening under Obama’s tutelage include what is known as “signature strikes,” a tactic in which targets are chosen based on patterns of suspicious behavior and the identities of those to be killed aren’t necessarily known, Business Insider reported.
Another is “double tapping” — bombing the same place in quick succession and often hitting first responders.
The report also tells us Obama has embraced the expansion of capture/kill missions by Joint Special Operations Command.
The incredible irony here is that a man who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in his first year in office is likely to “go down in history as the president who legitimized and systematized a process by which the United States asserts the right to conduct assassination operations around the world,” according to investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill.
While there is no provision to revoke a Nobel Prize, the fact that Obama was nominated two weeks into his first term may have those responsible for such nonsense second guessing that decision.