Pakistan Says Enough to President Obama’s Assassination Drones

Sunday, November 27, 2011

After suffering an seemingly endless barrage of civilian and military deaths courtesy of President Barack Obama’s assassination drones, Pakistan has finally said enough, announcing on Saturday that supply routes used by U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan would be blocked and the use of a Pakistani airbase by American forces will end.

Pakistan’s unprecedented response is in retaliation to a NATO attack on a Pakistani border outpost that officials said killed at least 24 Pakistani soldiers and injured another 13.

U.S. military forces were given 15 days to vacate Shamsi Airbase which was secretly turned over to U.S. forces following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Shamsi was also used for launching the war in Afghanistan in late 2001 and later, under President Obama, served as the base for the U.S. drone program targeting militants.

The decision to kick the Americans out followed an emergency meeting of Pakistan’s top civilian and military leadership late Saturday. Pakistan has grown increasingly frustrated with the U.S. in recent months over the drone killing of Pakistani soldiers and civilians.

Pakistan also announced that the government would “revisit and undertake a complete review of all programs, activities and cooperative arrangements” with the United States and U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, “including diplomatic, political, military and intelligence.”

The deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers pour fuel on the raging anti-American sentiment in this key U.S. ally. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in a joint statement offered their “deepest condolences” for the loss of life in the cross-border incident in Pakistan. Oddly, President Obama has been silent on the loss of Pakistani life and the decision to kick the Americans out.

Islamabad called the bloodshed in one of its tribal areas a “grave infringement” of the country’s sovereignty. If confirmed, it would be the deadliest ‘friendly fire’ incident by NATO against Pakistani troops since the Afghanistan war began a decade ago.

President Obama’s lust after assassination drones as a covert substitute for real military operations means suspected terrorists won’t be alive to bring in for questioning. This puts the United States at even greater risk. While President Obama and his national security team may be satisfied with their approach, dead terrorists can’t tell you their plans to strike America next.

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14 Responses to Pakistan Says Enough to President Obama’s Assassination Drones

  1. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    Finally, the action that may end the ten year old Afghanistan war!

    It’s outrageous that Obama uses drones willy-nilly to blow up wedding parties and school children in their classrooms just because some military, nerd-asshole can’t accurately control the joystick he is using somewhere in a darkened room.

    I say good for Pakistan.

  2. Massagatto says:

    After Osama bin Laden was killed, many Americans wondered why the U.S. was still there?

    Some pointed to the recently discovered precious minerals booty like lithium which is used in virtually all of our modern communication devices. I disagree. The U.S. remains in Afghanistan to protect the Trans Afghanistan Pipeline. The massive pipeline project was developed decades ago by trans-national oil corporations including Uzbekistan’s Uzbek Gas and Oil, Russia’s Rosneft, Surgutneftegaz, and Lukoil, Britain’s BP, and the US’s Chevron.

    It is no coincident that US combat forces are scheduled to leave Afghanistan in 2014 which just happened to coincide the date the Trans Afghanistan Pipeline goes operational. Also, covert forces connected to the US government are profiting from Opium. Opium production in Afghanistan has increased 100-fold since US occupation. You see, the evil Taliban was burning poppy fields before US forces arrived.

    The Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline or TAPI will transport Caspian Sea natural gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan into Pakistan and lastly to India. The abbreviation (TAPI) comes from the first letters of the countries benefiting from the pipeline. Proponents of the project see it as a modern continuation of the Silk Road. The Afghan government is expected to receive 8% of the project’s revenue.

    American national security? If you believe that then you are a fool.

  3. Harry says:

    The evil in men’s souls is always the do to oil. Follow the oil and you will understand why we do the thing we do.

  4. Mets Fan says:

    Massagatto – Surely you are not suggesting the war in Afghanistan is in any way, shape or form rooted in oil?

    If true, what will Americans have to cheer the troops for on Fourth of July and Thanksgiving? The U.S’s $1.5 trillion dollar, ten year war in Afghanistan was all about “fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight ’em here.” Isn’t that how the rhetoric goes?

  5. Rachel says:

    81% of Americans recently polled said they want the troops out of Afghanistan immediately. I wonder if that number would hit 100% if they knew we were in Afghanistan to protect the Trans Afghanistan Pipeline? Bush lied, Americans died and now Obama lies and more Americans died. I hate them all.

  6. The Real Adam says:

    Obama has used drones like he’s playing a video game.

    It’s a great way for him to go around the US Congress and not have to request more funding for troop escalation. But the reality is, military drone technology is new and apparently the Pentagon is all too happy to experiment on the Afghans and the Paks. So what if a dozen innocent people in a wedding party get bombed and blown to pieces? The Pentagon is still perfecting the technology.

  7. One Fly says:

    Will the Packies be made an offer they can’t refuse somehow. If they hold fast this will turn out to be a real pisser. No matter what no good was ever going to come out of this ever.

  8. FACT:

    More U.S. soldiers have died in Afghanistan during Obama’s tenure as president than during Bush’s two terms.

    Obama: 1,179
    Bush: 575

  9. Seabec says:

    Great post, Christopher and excellent comments. How ironic that no one has had the political will to end the Afghanistan war but Barry’s lethal love drone may have accomplished it? Watch him try to take credit for the war ending.

  10. Insouciant says:

    America’s military leaders seem to think they can push every country on earth around and no one will stand up to Washington. Looks like America has finally met its match. You see, Pakistan isn’t Afghanistan or Iraq. Pakistan is a well-developed nation with more than 150 nuclear warheads. Our troops will obey Pakistan and withdraw from the Shamsi on time. The risk to America’s interests in the region are simply too great to risk further angering Pakistan. America’s leaders — including Barack Obama, are arrogant fools.

  11. Fran says:

    Well, fact is Bush 2 chose to preemptively move troops to Iraq (2nd largest oil reserve worldwide)
    so if Bush’s Afghanistan casualty numbers are low, it is because his was busy having the Iraq war based on lies. 4173 US troops died under the misleadership of Bush 2, plus the 575 in Afghanistan.

    American Military Casualties in Iraq

    Since war began (3/19/03): 4483
    Since “Mission Accomplished” (5/1/03) (the list) 4344
    Since Handover (6/29/04): 3624
    Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 255
    Since Operation New Dawn: 55

    That being said, the drone situation is a disaster.

  12. Abbey Peripatetic says:

    Massagatto,

    I never heard this before. Thanks for posting it. I researched the Trans Afghanistan Pipeline and it not only in fact exists, but the countries and companies who funded are exactly as you posted.

    I am so sick and tired of every decision the USA makes having its origins in oil. Our addiction to oil will one day spell our demise as a nation.

  13. Brigadoon says:

    Barry’s drone operation will come back to bite the U.S. in the ass for years to come. The guy is a complete idiot.

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