June 6, 2012

Is Obama Still the Peace Prize President?

Toby Harnden, Daily Mail

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Drones strikes were first used by the Americans in 2004, but President George W. Bush was sparing with them. In five years, he authorised only 44 attacks. By the time Obama was into his third year in office, though, he had signed off on more than five times that number.

Suddenly Obama is being depicted as a steely-eyed purveyor of death. This image was reinforced by an exhaustive 6,000-word article in the New York Times, quoting senior White House officials.

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TAGGED: Drones, Pakistan, Yemen, United States, 2012, Barack Obama


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