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The Coming Drone Blowback


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The Coming Drone Blowback

John Feffer

The targeted assassination of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour last weekend wasn’t just another drone strike.

First of all, it was conducted by the U.S. military, not the CIA, which has orchestrated nearly all drone strikes in Pakistan.


#2

Feffer writes:
"This “kill for peace” strategy of the Obama administration may backfire."

Gosh, ya think?

Anyway, Feffer soft-pedals a lot of his assessment and conclusions, as is his style. But to his credit he concludes with the key blowback: Drone warfare will come to the USA (as it will to every "theater of war" on Earth).

This Genie - (like so much "technological wonder" that has been developed and released into the world) - should never have been invited out of its bottle.

The vast challenges that we all face in reining in the monstrous "civilization" that is now killing its host, is complicated by (among many complications) the need to purposefully rein in "technological advancement," at the same time that we need to end war, transform agriculture, democratize the economy, and carry out massive programs of ecological support to try to enable the Earth to recover from the carbon bomb and habitat destruction that are dis-integrating the ecology.

Meanwhile, despite all evidence blowing up in their faces, the "leaders" of the world continue on their omnicidal paths of "full spectrum dominance"...

(i first accidentally typo'd that as "doominance," which i suppose encapsulates it well...)


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Obama has created the "Wild West" across the globe. There is no rule of law under this president. It is the rule of men, mostly the rich men. So bring it on. It is long over due.

Obama when you retire consider your next home a bunker. You may hear the atmosphere buzz but you will never know what hit you and your family. In the military you would be called "bug splat".


#6

The false flag event will immediately be followed by fantastical conspiratorial claims that become official narrative. Things like, they took flight lessons on small aircraft in order to hijack and fly to targets jet airliners, and such. Oh, and that everyone was overpowered with a few men armed with box cutters, and damn, look at this pristine passport in the dust!!! Ain't we lucky.


#7

But when the first drone strike is conducted against the United States ... the real blowback will begin.

Perhaps we had our first drone strike against the U.S. already (see above post by Psychedelic_Chicken). So where is the blowback?


#8

I guess you slept through the pervasive domestic spying programs, and the National Defense Authorization Act.

Guess you don't notice the declining standard of living which follows the history of the fall of Rome: That when the lion's share of a nation's resources are dedicated almost exclusively to wars abroad, precious little is left to invest in domestic infrastructure and the betterment of citizens.

You may have not noticed the uptick in global arms sales, and how 2nd tier powers like Saudi Arabia are having a lot of fun using their new weapons on the poor people next door in Yemen.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

Blow-back doesn't just involve weapons exploding outside your window.

And while the melding of false flags with genuine retaliation is now so complex as to make it very difficult to discern one from the other, there have been "terrorist" attacks in Brussels, Paris, and other places.


#9

Ummmm, sounds like the controversy over 911. Or possibly the Battleship Maine; the Lusitainia; Gulf of Tonkin "incident"; 911; weapons of mass destruction. Strong possibility that all of these were false flag acts (at least one, weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, already proven so). Each one leading to massive death and destruction which made the rich and powerful ever more so; the average US citizen ever closer to becoming absolute slaves (some for the second time).


#10

"Pakistani leaders have registered their disapproval."

I expect Obama is shaking in his boots right now. Do you think the disapproval of the Pakistani leaders will be enough to persuade their citizens that they live in a sovereign nation? Is Pakistan a sovereign nation? One way to find out if the relationship between these nations is symmetrical would be to do a few drone bombings of their own in the USA, and just see what happens.


#11

Would a false flag attack initiated by a US Government agency be the most likely scenario ?

If Air Force One travels to South America later this year we will know that Obama is joining some of his predecessors who own ranches in Paraguay, just in case the heat ever gets turned up in the US.


#13

The US has been subverted into many aspects of the Israeli model of war, the elimination/assassination of "enemies" and executing policies intended to create enemies to justify military actions. The Israeli Mossad motto is: By Way of Deception Thou Shalt Do War A perfect descriptive for the Israeli false-flag attack on the USS Liberty - and "we" have come to emulate those criminal contemptible acts!
The US has become the war criminal Israelis in many ways of conflict especially the Drone Wars and targeting political opponents and leaders of "enemy" groups - a perfect, almost premeditated, way to assure endless wars, the profits that accrue to a few, and the careers made.
To be so twisted to a depraved Israeli/Zionist point of view and model of conflict, especially as much is accomplished by fifth columnists (AIPAC) openly tolerated in the US, is a very large nail in the coffin of our sovereign civilian republic.


#14

Obama didn't create nuthin'. He just kept what Reagan created, and Clinton and Bush nurtured, alive.


#16

Blowback is unintended consequences of a covert operation that are suffered by the aggressor. -- wikipedia

Notice the last word in that definition - 'aggressor'. What you are talking about is more like blowforward. If 9/11 was a false flag, the perpetraitors have not suffered any blowback as far as I know. That's why I asked, "where is the blowback?"


#17

There's some truth to your narrative, but yet, compare your narrative, with the narrative of US history pre-1948.

The USA never needed lessons from anyone. In fact the US "settler state cum global supremacist" narrative has repeatedly provided an example for mass-murderers and war criminals in other states.


#19

False flag or whatever. With the extensive monitoring surveillance going on and expanding, how it is possible for some "surprise" attack to occur? Any such event proves either the uselessness of all these efforts or total incompetence. Maybe something more sinister. Who knows?


#20

No, generally you--or I--will not.

Part of the reason is that the blowback and the false flag are likely to be the same event.That may sound contradictory at first. It's not. The US is currently paying allies to fire at each other and at US forces. Of course, all these actions have propaganda as well as military value, however these might be assessed. Of course, just because an agent--a person--takes money to kill someone does not mean he or she "just kills someone for money." There are probably all sorts of ideas and all sorts of personal history that go into such a decision.


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Without questioning the Feffer's major point, which is well taken, I must state that the article creates itself some problems by falling well short of what might be said. This is a matter of inaccuracy, not caution.

Basically, Feffer assumes that Obama has a "peace policy" as opposed to a war policy. Peace would be easy to achieve: he could quit attacking people. He could quit destabilizing countries. He could quit occupying invaded territories. Instead, Obama and his administration continue killing in over a half-dozen countries strung to either side of the Central Asian hydroccarbon fields. Neither his administration nor those of his predecessors publicly announced any coherent strategy that was consistent with their actions.

One could imagine that they were all just idiots or stumblebums, but Occam's Razor suggests a cleaner explanation: they're lying again. The actual strategy is consistent with the actions; the announcements are consistent with the execution of that strategy, which depends on keeping the population ignorant and cooperative.

I don't have a direct line to the White House, to the Rothschilds or the Sauds, so unless some one of you do, I suggest that we try to extrapolate from their actions.

What strategy and what world understanding could drive the actions that the US government and businesses take?

Probably neither of us have time for a book, so let me just float this idea, and anyone should feel free to amend or refute it. It appears to me that the principle strategy here is not to take the oil and gas so much as to control it, to stop someone else from having it. The philosophical framework would seem to be Hobbesian in that they assume that humans are intrinsically either evil or selfish or uncooperative or similar, so that releasing power does not make for human liberation, but rather a cascade of violence in the resulting power vacuum. They will flatter themselves, then, that they are realists; and they will flatter themselves that their oppression of subjects, taking the wide view, beneficial. When they have dried the rivers and killed the soil and turned the wood and fuel to ash, they will say, "See? I was right: humans are lousy."

From that initial catastrophic folly, the rest follows.
* They kill to control because they must to stop greater violence (they think).
* They lie to kill because humans generally do not wish to kill each other (folly, they think, not compassion).

We are apt to be hit by the blowback, but we are also apt to be hit by the direct action: the CIA will exercise its population control here more drastically as soon as it regards that as useful.


#22

clapping! You're absolutely right! And much obliged for the reminder.

Rome don't have nuthin' on Murka.


#24

Yes Web, the US has a long history of expansionist crimes and foreign wars for corporate power (United Fruit), empire-building politicians sought to protect.
I am specifically outraged by the overt, premeditated, subversion of our nation by a foreign power to further their expansionism and crimes against humanity.
Open subversion of our electoral processes, Congress, foreign policy and aspects of war. It's less about lessons in depraved indifference as the effort to "get the US into our fight" the Israelis/Zionism accomplished, that has had a terrible influence on much in our republic. I think of the speech on foreign influence by George Washington. Peace, Web....

"So likewise, Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation" -- George Washington


#25

Yes. It's amazing how well George Washington's speech describes the current situation vs a vis the Israel Lobby and U.S. elected officials. The Israel lobby donates a few million to these elected officials for their campaign expenses but expects total loyalty in voting related to Israel. This is well described in this New Yorker article:

When Congress votes to send Israel another four or five billion dollars a year, the Israel lobby knows that their few millions were well invested. Such a deal!

But of course, why wouldn't they? Isn't Israel America's best friend? Such friends.