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Mass Assassinations at the Heart of America's Military Strategy in the Muslim World.Cwk (WP)

Mass Assassinations at the Heart of America's Military Strategy in the Muslim World.Cwk (WP)

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Published by: Michael Drew Prior on Aug 29, 2010
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Excerpted from the article “MassAssassinations Lie at the Heart of America'sMilitary Strategy in the Muslim World” byFred Branfman
The truth that many Americans findhard to take is that that mass U.S.assassination on a scale unequaled inworld history lies at the heart of America's military strategy in theMuslim world, a policy both illegaland never seriously debated byCongress or the American people.Conducting assassination operationsthroughout the 1.3 billon-strongMuslim world will inevitablyincrease the murder of civilians and
 
thus create exponentially more"enemies," as Gen. McChrystalsuggests -- posing a major long-termthreat to U.S. national security. Thismass assassination program, sold asdefending Americans, is actuallyendangering us all. Those responsiblefor it, primarily General Petraeus,are recklessly seeking short-termtactical advantage while making anenormous long-term strategic error that could lead to countlessAmerican deaths in the years anddecades to come....Particularly extraordinary is the factthat these vastly expanded militaryassassination teams are not subject to
 
serious civilian control. As the
N.Y.Times
has also reported, Petraeus inSeptember 2009 secretly expanded aworldwide force of assassinsanswerable only to the military,without oversight by not onlyCongress but the president himself.... The CIA, as Nick Turse has reportedfor TomDispatch.com, isexponentially increasing its droneassassination program:"(Drone) Reapers flew 25,391 hours(in 2009). This year, the air force projects that the combined flighthours of all its drones will exceed250,000 hours. More flight time

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