The U.S.’s targeted killing program has been in the news recently after the U.N. announced it would conduct a formal investigation into the casualties caused by said program. At least two permanent members of the U.N. security council anonymously requested this investigation (suspected to be China and Russia), along with Pakistan, which has requested repeatedly for a halt to U.S. drone strikes, as the program violates their sovereignty.
The U.S.’s targeted killing program began facing heavier scrutiny after the Bureau of Investigative Journalism released a report stating as many as – at the time of the report’s release – 881 civilians had been killed outside of recognized battle zones. The high end of the civilian casualty estimate has since risen to 891.
One reason for the relative silence of the ‘anti-war left’ over the U.S.’s targeted killings is the similar silence in the mainstream media over the issue. I, personally, was late to learn of the program for that exact reason. It wasn’t until the story found its way to me through more independent media channels that I began to speak up about it. Well… at least that’s the optimistic point of view; the cynic might say that this is “party politics at is very lowest,” and that, in the eyes of liberals, Obama can do no wrong. However, there’ve been at least a few self-described liberals to publicly criticize Obama for the civilian casualties caused by targeted killings: one of them is Cenk Uygur of “The Young Turks.” Below is a video of him speaking about the program. It gets really interesting when he mentions something called “double tapping.”[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9Trh8iwNt8&w=560&h=315]