President Obama’s use of drone warfare has received harsh criticism from both the right and the left.
But according to a new book, the president is proud of his drone strikes.
Double Down: Game Change 2012 , a book about the 2012 presidential campaign, claims that Obama told his aides he is “really good at killing people.”
The quote was first reported on in the Washington Post’s review of the new book, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.
The White House has not yet commented on the specific alleged remarks. However, Dan Pfieffer, a senior advisor to Obama, said last week on ABC, “The president is always frustrated about leaks. I haven’t talked to him about this book. I haven’t read it. He hasn’t read it. But he hates leaks.”
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that about 3,000 people have been killed in Pakistan as a result of drone warfare since 2004. Between 416 and 948 of those killed were civilians — even an American citizen, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, was killed by a drone.
Al-Awlaki’s grandfather expressed his anger at drone warfare in a New York Times piece. He wrote, “My grandson was killed by his own government. The Obama administration must answer for its actions and be held accountable.”
Millions of Americans share that anger, and are outraged by the Obama Administration’s drone use.
President Obama oversees the drone program. Ironically, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.
Although the president promised to be more transparent about drone use, he also defended drone warfare. In May he said, “Let us remember that the terrorists we are after target civilians, and the death toll from their acts of terrorism against Muslims dwarfs any estimate of civilian casualties from drone strikes.”
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