After the horrific Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Obama could not hold back his tears. He went to Newtown to comfort families of the victims. And at a memorial service he solemnly read off the names of the 20 children and six teachers who were killed.
But he has never read off the names of Wajid, Ayeesha, Naila or any of the hundreds of other innocent children killed or horribly maimed by U.S. drone strikes in Yemen, Pakistan, Libya, Somalia,…. Is that because those children are Arabs? Or is it because the news media does not show us the grieving parents or the terrorized surviving children? Or is it because Obama himself ordered the strikes?
I assume Obama only intended to kill “suspected militants,” and the children were just “collateral damage.” But if that’s the case wouldn’t you think Mr. Obama would at least apologize and offer condolences to the children’s parents? Wouldn’t he comfort the father who has picked up pieces of his daughter’s body for burial? Wouldn’t he say something to the mother whose blinded son will no longer be able to live his dreams?
On Jan 14, Mr. Obama declared “If there is a step we can take that will save even one child from what happened in Newtown, we should take that step.” Of course there is a step he could take to save not one but hundreds of children. He would not need congressional approval to stop drone strikes since he never got approval to begin them.