- Some Afghan kids aren’t bystanders
- If Our Drones Are So Accurate, Why Do Their Missiles Keep Hitting Children?
- Obama's Drone Presidency
- There must be accountability for US drone strikes
- US detained hundreds of Afghan teenagers
Robert Dreyfuss, Nation
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December 4, 2012 | In October, I blogged about an incident in Afghanistan in which three small children were killed in a US airstrike.
In that one small incident, which drew little attention at the time and since, three children aged 12, 10 and 8 were blown to smithereens in a NATO bombing while they were out gathering dung for fuel.
Now, in a despicable article in Military Times, the US military says that children are legitimate targets in the war in Afghanistan because sometimes the Taliban and other insurgents use kids.
If Our Drones Are So Accurate, Why Do Their Missiles Keep Hitting Children? Mansur Gidfar, Upworthy
Despite repeated claims from both the Bush and Obama administrations that missile attacks from unmanned drones provide a surgically precise means of eliminating suspected terrorists, U.S. drone policy has led to the deaths of at least 178 children in Pakistan and Yemen (the U.S. is officially at war with neither) as of December 2, 2012. While one hellfire missile is obviously preferable to leveling an entire block with a bombing run, one has to wonder how effective a campaign like this really is in curtailing terrorist activity. I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that the friends and families of those 178 children are probably more sympathetic to anti-U.S. propaganda now rather than before the U.S. started dropping missiles on their loved ones.
Obama's Drone Presidency, Melissa Harris-Perry, Nation
There must be accountability for US drone strikes, Brave New Foundation
Please consider joining us in our appeal to leaders of the U.S. House of representatives to bring Rep. Dennis Kucinich's bill, H.Res. 819 -- which calls for more accountability and transparency for U.S. drone policy -- to the House floor this month for debate and a vote.