Biden Admin’s Drone Strike in Somalia Draws Fire From Sanders, Lee and Murphy

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      eridani
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      https://truthout.org/articles/biden-admins-drone-strike-in-somalia-draws-fire-from-sanders-lee-and-murphy/

      “We’re troubled that no one in the administration sought the required legal authorization from Congress for Tuesday’s drone strike in Somalia especially with no American forces at risk—and apparently, did not even check with our commander-in-chief,” Sanders, an independent, said in a joint statement with Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah).

      “We need to reestablish a system of checks and balances in our national security to make Congress a part of these decisions about war and peace and put the interests of the American people front and center,” said the three senators, who earlier this week unveiled legislation aimed at reasserting congressional authority over war powers. “It’s time to do away with questionable legal justifications claimed by one administration after the next for acts of war like this.”

      The drone strike in Somalia was carried out by the U.S. military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM), which claimed in an emailed statement to media outlets that the strike targeted al-Shabab militants who were purportedly attacking members of a U.S.-trained Somali commando force.

      The Biden administration — which, like its predecessors, has been accused of drastically undercounting civilian deaths in U.S. military operations — said no civilians were injured or killed in the latest airstrike. The transparency organization Airwars estimates that U.S. military actions have killed between 70 and 143 civilians in Somalia since 2007, when the Bush administration kicked off a bombing campaign that accelerated under Obama and continued under Trump.

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      eridani
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      https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/07/23/ilhan-omar-demands-answers-after-first-somalia-airstrike-biden-era

      In her letter (pdf), the Minnesota Democrat wrote that “‘collective self-defense’ is a term with variable meanings in national and international law, and especially in the context of your ongoing review of airstrike authorities, its use merits further explanation in this case.”

      “I have been deeply engaged on this question throughout my time in Congress, not only focused on the legal merits of individual strikes, but on how our militarized counter-terrorism approach to al-Shabaab fits into our overall strategy and policy towards Somalia,” wrote Omar.

      “In that respect, it is noteworthy that this week also saw reporting on the family members of Somali civilians killed by airstrikes conducted under the Trump administration being unable to contact U.S. authorities or receive the condolence payments for which Congress has repeatedly appropriated funds.”

      Omar has repeatedly criticized successive administrations for not providing monetary reparations for civilian victims of U.S. drone attacks in Somalia, and for the Pentagon’s continued failure to acknowledge the atrocities.

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      Omar should introduce an Article of Impeachment right now, and Sanders should endorse it. Anything less than that is bullshit and just more celebrity politician posturing.

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      Yanath
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      Yeah, that’s how you solve the world’s problems: by bombing the most impoverished people on the planet.

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      djean111
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      All of the rhetoric just looks like campaign and fundraising material to me now.

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      Everything I post is just my opinion, and, honestly, I would love to be wrong.

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      retired liberal
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      That’s because if civilians are killed, they are counted as terrorists.
      Speaking of terrorists, how many so-called terrorists are actually trying to defend against foreign invaders? Foreign invaders being us, United States?

      We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
      If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
      The older we get, the less "Life in Prison" is a deterrent.
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      doh1304
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      But the other guy was an embarrassing racist!

      • #436984
        jbnw
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        but that’s not covered by most of the US media.

        • #436994
          Ohio Barbarian
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          Reagan wasn’t setting policy. Different factions in the White House and the Republican-leaning oligarchy made the real decisions in a chaotic, dangerous way. And sometimes Reagan himself would almost trigger a nuclear war. Remember “the missiles are on their way” which sent the Soviet Union into a full alert? Motherfuckin’ Reagan scared the shit out of me with that one, but word was quickly flashed to the Soviets that the US was not launching a nuclear attack on them and the Russians took the chance and stood down.

          And then Nancy persuaded Ronnie that he should meet with Gorbachev so his legacy wouldn’t be that of a warmonger, and he actually did that thing. Some say Nancy got the idea from her astrologer, and Nancy Reagan did believe in astrology by all accounts. So who the fuck knows what might happen with this senile guy named Joe?

          The Fates often have a dark sense of humor, I am confident of that.

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