In the serious game that is politics, none seems more solemn than the competition that is American politics given that this particular set of stratagems affects the whole world, sooner or later. On Sibel Edmonds’ website Boiling Frogs, a most interesting article was published recently. The piece written by William Blum juxtaposes the U.S. President’s words to some of the outcomes of his policies. Blum’s starting point is Barrack Obama’s speech at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC on Monday, 23 April. The President confidently said the following on that occasion: “I’ve done my utmost . . . to prevent and end atrocities. We possess many tools . . . and using these tools over the past three years, I believe — I know — that we have saved countless lives”. Blum then comments that “Do the facts and evidence tell him that his words are not true? Well, let’s see . . . There’s the multiple atrocities carried out in Iraq by American forces under President Obama. There’s the multiple atrocities carried out in Afghanistan by American forces under Obama. There’s the multiple atrocities carried out in Pakistan by American forces under Obama. There’s the multiple atrocities carried out in Libya by American/NATO forces under Obama. There are also the hundreds of American drone attacks against people and homes in Somalia and in Yemen (including against American citizens in the latter). Might the friends and families of these victims regard the murder of their loved ones and the loss of their homes as atrocities?”.
To my mind, the most blatant case of President Obama not being all that peaceful and benign took place just three days after his inauguration, as also listed by Blum. The inauguration took place on Tuesday, 20 January 2009, and on 23 January 2009, at least 14 were killed in Waziristan (Pakistan) in 2 separate attacks by 5 missiles fired from U.S.drones.
At the time, on Friday, 23 January 2009 in fact, the BBC had this to say: ‘Two missile attacks from suspected US drones have killed 14 people in north-western Pakistan, officials say. At least one missile hit a house in a village near the town of Mirali in North Waziristan, a stronghold of al-Qaeda and Taleban militants. A second suspected drone attack has been reported in South Waziristan, killing five people. Pakistan has long argued that such strikes are counter-productive and are a violation of its sovereignty’, adding perfunctorily that these ‘are the first drone attacks since Barack Obama was inaugurated as US president on Tuesday’. Just a few days ago, John Brennan, President Obama’s top counter-terrorism adviser, stated categorically that “There is nothing in international law that bans the use of remotely piloted aircraft for [the] purpose [of killing people] or that prohibits us from using lethal force against our enemies outside of an active battlefield”.
 W. Blum, “Obama Deeds vs. Obama Words” Boiling Frogs (05 May 2012). http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2012/05/05/obama-deeds-vs-obama-words/.
 W. Blum, “Obama Deeds vs. Obama Words”.
 “Drone attacks in Pakistan” Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drone_attacks_in_Pakistan#January_to_June.
 “Drone strikes are legal and ethical, says US” India TV (01 May 2012). http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/World/Drone-strikes-are-legal-and-ethical-says-US-7606.html.