Trump Has Killed More Civilians with Illegal Drone Strikes in 9 Months Than Obama Did in 8 Years

Trump has followed through on his promise to “bomb the hell out of ISIS,” and has killed more innocent civilians in 9 months than Obama did in several years

While the mainstream media focuses on anything but the current state of U.S. intervention in the Middle East, the Trump Administration is breaking records by accumulating a horrific number of civilian deaths.

Former President Obama earned the nickname of “Drone King” when he dramatically escalated the use of drone strikes, while also downplaying the number of innocent civilians who became “collateral damage.” In the two years that his administration devoted to publicly spending millions of taxpayer dollars to fight the Islamic State group, the estimated civilian death toll ranged from 2,300 to 3,400, according to Airwars, an organization tracking deaths in the war against ISIS.

President Trump has been in office for just 9 months, and he has already surpassed Obama’s murderous record with estimated numbers as high as 4,500 civilian deaths.

Trump made headlines in December 2015, when he declared that if elected, he would not only kill members of ISIS—he would also “take out their families.” He is following through on that promise, according to a report from Steven Feldstein, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.

Feldstein noted that researchers have documented the rise of frequent killing of entire families in likely coalition airstrikes” under the Trump Administration. This trend led to “the deaths of at least 57 women and 52 children in Iraq and Syria” in May.

While this may come as no surprise, considering the fact that Trump promised to “bomb the hell out of ISIS” while on the campaign trail, his administration’s offensive against the Islamic State is not the only ongoing war that is killing civilians.

According to a report from United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan documenting civilian causalities during the first half of 2017, “aerial operations” led to a “43 percent increase in civilian casualties compared to the first six months of 2016, including a 67 percent increase in civilian deaths.

While Trump bragged about giving military commanders “total authorization” to make combat decisions in Afghanistan, Washington Rep. Adam Smith said he believes that this move is contributing to the increase in civilian deaths.

“You really have the military making decisions that were designed to be made by the civilian authorities running the military,” Smith said. “We’ve seen an increase in civilian casualties. … I think they’ve become a little too indiscriminate in what they’re doing.”

The report from Feldstein noted that the Trump Administration has “substantially escalated air strikes and bombings” and the U.S. military “has already used 20 percent more missiles and bombs in combined air operations in 2017 than in all of 2016.”

The alarmingly high civilian death toll has continued to build up over the months. For example, from May 23 to June 23 of this year, at least 472 civilians were killed by U.S. airstrikes. That is significantly more than the 459 civilians who have been killed by terrorist attacks in Europe—in the last 12 years.

While the argument can be made that Trump is doing the same thing Hillary Clinton would have done if she was elected, the question has to asked as to how anyone can justify killing innocent civilians in the first place.

Obama surpassed Bush’s record, and now Trump has surpassed Obama’s record—but the only thing that has actually been “accomplished” is that thousands of innocent civilians have lost their lives, hundreds of thousands of civilians have lost their homes and their communities, and the civilians who do survive in the countries the United States is targeting now, will grow up hating America for destroying their home in the name of “Freedom.”




5 Responses to “Trump Has Killed More Civilians with Illegal Drone Strikes in 9 Months Than Obama Did in 8 Years”

  1. NPP says:

    Gosh darn it. If only Hillary had won.

    “… record with estimated numbers as high as 4,500 civilian deaths.”

    Who knows?

    I do know TAP blog bashes Trump on a par with the BBC; except for white supremacist misogynist sexist and apparently misguided NPP….
    I bet TAP wishes it received £3.74 billion BBC budget too!

    I’m biding my time; see what happens. I do know I have never observed so much attack upon any US President as this one. It’s fabulous entertainment watching Trump inspire so many to get their knickers in a twist. If it wasn’t for the everyday onslaught, I too might assume he’s just another bought and paid for so an’ so, but the onslaught is such I wonder.

  2. Tapestry says:

    I don’t see Trump as the main issue. He’s handed over his authority, and does well confusing the system here and there. But why not tell the real story? The US kills all civilian populations located in proximity to the resources they want to steal. As the post from Felicity Arbuthnot demonstrates, the scale of the killing of civilians is massive at all times, no matter who the President happens to be.

  3. NPP says:

    The USA / UK / €U / Israel appear to be the catalyst to global terror, or at least agencies and individuals within.

    I am hoping Trump prefers to avoid this pattern, but he has to appease an entire system.

    TAP, you don’t listen to the BBC. Try. just to understand the hit-Trump campaign. To come here and see the same headline rhetoric as the BBC is…. here we go again.

    He’s handed over authority? He delegates. He understands a long term goal and has to play his cards along the way.

    Where do these figures come from?

    Sure, post freely. I am commenting like wise.

  4. Tapestry says:

    I wish I could enjoy watching this debacle with the same degree of hope. We all supported Trump on here in preference to Clinton, but that would be the most minimalistic of compliments. Trump’s put in place to oversee the collapse of the US, killing the maximum number of human beings as they go down the pan. Trump’s version of mass murder might be a little slower than Clinton’s. The BBC would be angry about that, I am sure. I would prefer an end to the killing, total.

    • NPP says:

      I’d prefer lots of things and piggies might fly.
      No more killing! No more killing? There, does that work? Has it stopped yet?

      Still, not only do you have the BBC on your Trump bashing side, Bush and Obama came out last night both warning us all of the terrible Trump. So, that’s it, he must be really really bad!

      BBC R4 Today even had Christiane Amanpour co-hosting Today this morning. May be she could contribute anti-Trump TAP posts to?

      BBC Radio 4 Today‏Verified account @BBCr4today 7h7 hours ago
      Good morning. Today’s presenters are @JustinOnWeb and @camanpour. Join the conversation using #r4today.

      Yes, It is my entertainment. What would you have me do? Cry at the lack of possible options? Trump beat Clinton. I had no other option, but back the orange one. That is currently the reality of our mad world system. Focus on his alleged negatives and you will have plenty nibbling the bait; Antifa, McCain, Soros et al are all with you.

      The BBC are angry about Trump, Brexit and anyone questioning man made climate change. The BBC are useless, pathetic and hilarious at the same time.

      Trump just may be, just might be, a chance. Debacle? What, unlike the harmony of the last 50+ years? So, the system sucks and world is buggered. C’est la vie.

      Energy flows where attention goes, may be, and I live in hope. Trump’s fake news CNN BBC press conference still makes me smile. He was brilliant.

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