Obama’s Secret, Undeclared Drone Wars

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

According to an article in the Washington Post, the Obama administration is building a massive network of secret drone bases for counterterrorism operations in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula as part of an aggressive campaign to attack al-Qaeda affiliates in Somalia and Yemen.

At the center of the operation is the CIA.

The U.S. government is known to have used drones to carry out lethal attacks in at least six countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. The negotiations that preceded the establishment of the base in the Republic of Seychelles illustrate the efforts the United States is making to broaden the range of its drone weapons.

In the Republic of Seychelles — an island nation of 85,000, has hosted a small fleet of MQ-9 Reaper drones operated by the U.S. Navy and Air Force since September 2009. U.S. and Seychellois officials have previously acknowledged the drones’ presence but have said that their primary mission was to track pirates in regional waters. But classified U.S. diplomatic cables show that the unmanned aircraft have also conducted counterterrorism missions over Somalia, about 800 miles to the northwest.

In cables obtained by WikiLeaks, U.S. officials asked leaders in the Seychelles to keep the counterterrorism missions secret. The Reaper drones are described by the military as “hunter-killer” drones because they can be equipped with Hellfire missiles and satellite-guided bombs.

One U.S. official said that there had been discussions about putting a drone base in Ethiopia for as long as four years, but that plan was delayed because “the Ethiopians were not all that jazzed.” Other officials said Ethiopia has become a valued counterterrorism partner because of threats posed by al-Shabab.

SOURCE: Washington Post

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9 Responses to Obama’s Secret, Undeclared Drone Wars

  1. TOM339 says:

    Obama’s middle name isn’t Hussein: it’s Orwell.

    Think about it. Now, the U.S. military can remotely push a button and blow-up a person, a village, a town or a city, from the safety of the CIA’s Langley facility in suburban Washington and never have to set foot in an alleged war theater.

    We live in a virtual world and now our wars will be fought virtually. Now, we can be at for for eternity or until the “enemy” catches up to our technology.

  2. feminazi says:

    Basically, President Obama is tearing apart his own claim the U.S. isn’t a war with Islam. No matter how many times he says it, a vast network of deadly drone bases scattered across the Arabian Peninsula and African with Islamic targets further diminishes our standing in the Muslim world and sounds like 21st century imperialism to me.

  3. Brigadoon says:

    What is the price tag? I just find it interesting that Obama keeps saying we’re in an era of “shared sacrifice,” code for get ready to see cuts to Medicare and Social Security but, when it comes to the military and the Pentagon, $1.5 trillion isn’t enough. Now we have to build video games targeting real, live human beings.

  4. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    I heard a rumor the Mexican President Felipe Calderon wants drone technology to target and kill the drug cartels destroying Mexico.

    In fact, the two recent visits Calderon made to Washington had nothing to do with trade or tacos but had everything to do with purchasing drones. Lets hope the cartels don’t shoot one down and learn how to use it against the U.S.

  5. Lawrence Sheremeta says:

    If we’re going to engage in combat I would prefer the military use armed drone as opposed to eye-to-eye combat where soldiers can be hurt, maimed or worse, killed. Drones are the future of combat so get used to it.

  6. Marcus Ybanez says:

    No wonder Obama screeched the loudest when the Wiki-leak cables were made public.

    Barry said he would have the “most transparent” administration in history. After three years, it is clear he’s Nixonian to the core. No wonder he idolizes Ronald Reagan.

  7. Lawrence Sheremeta,

    I disagree.

    As an American, I would prefer the United States use our influence in this part of the world, a part of the world who rightly views us with suspicion and contempt, to help build schools, health clinics and water filtration systems versus attacking them with armed drones that slaughter 30 innocent people attending a wedding.

  8. DMason says:

    I’m no expert on war but it sure seems to me if you have genuine cause to go into battle, to secure vital national interests, or threatened borders, and protect the American people, then such a battle is worthy of “boots on the ground,” fought like soldiers and not sitting in a recliner, with one hand on your junk and the other on a joy stick looking at a computer screen. War is serious business and you simply can’t be so far removed.

  9. Adirondacky says:

    Drones are far less precise than pilot-flown fighter airplanes. The possibility for a lethal error is quite high. So what drone technology does is protect U.S. pilots but puts regular citizens in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen in harms way. What is Obama thinking?

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