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Afghan Drone War Spikes Under McChrystal

By Noah Shachtman Email Author
January 14, 2010  |
10:00 am


Since taking over as top commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal has dramatically scaled back the traditional air war, cutting in half the number of munitions dropped from the sky. The unmanned air war, however, has escalated under McChrystal’s watch, reports Spencer Ackerman. Since July 2009, there have been 89 drone strikes in Afghanistan, compared to 61 during the same period last year.

McChrystal cut back on old-school air strikes, to prevent the civilian casualties that can turn into Taliban propaganda victories. A United Nations report released yesterday found that the number of innocent deaths caused by the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan had dropped by 28 percent.

To Ackerman, that means that “McChrystal’s command has found the sweet spot: an increase in aerial lethality that does not result in significant collateral damage.” Drones do carry smaller, less-lethal weaponry than, say, a manned B-1B bomber. And the ability of unmanned aircraft to loiter in the air for hours at a time does give their remote pilots more time to take a second look at a target before pulling the trigger. But I’d advise a little caution before declaring that sweet spot reached.

The new U.N. report shows that civilian deaths caused by Americans and other “pro-government forces” crept up during the fall — and in some months, were actually higher than bloody 2008’s levels. That’s just when the drone strikes really started to escalate. The latest unmanned attacks came earlier this week, when a pair of drones killed 16 in Helmand province. All of them were militants, allegedly.

UPDATE: In the first two weeks of January, there have been six drone strikes in Afghanistan — double last year’s total. There have also been seven unmanned attacks reported in Pakistan, which would put the U.S. on a pace to triple last year’s robotic assaults. Wonder if there’s a reason for the sudden spike on both fronts of the drone war?

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Re: Al-CIA-da commander Stanley McChrsytal's Afghan Battle Laboratory
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2010, 02:04:29 PM »

..."A United Nations report released yesterday found that
the number of innocent deaths caused by the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan had
dropped by 28 percent
."

..."The new U.N. report shows that civilian deaths caused by Americans and other “pro-government forces”
crept up during the fall" — and in some months,
were actually higher than bloody 2008’s levels."
...



You come away from that article with the impression that we're not killing innocent people.
You feel a little bit unsure though.. why would you be unsure?
In the first paragraph, they are describing "innocent deaths" ...
In the following contradictory paragraph, they describe "civilian deaths"...

Is there a difference?  I think so... subliminally "innocent" has much more impact than "civilian".
This article is a beautifully crafted example of doublespeak, blatant in the lines quoted above.
And  the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, 
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,  ye have done it unto me.

Matthew 25:40

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Re: Al-CIA-da commander Stanley McChrsytal's Afghan Battle Laboratory
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2010, 03:04:06 PM »
Al(or El; spanish 'the')-CIA-Duh!
America is doubleplusgood today. It has always been doubleplusgood.

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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2010, 07:16:30 PM »
Air Force Blasts Drones (And melts a few million human babies and grandmas) With Microwave Weapons
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/02/microwaves-vs-d/
By Noah Shachtman  February 9, 2009  |  6:34 am


Air Force researchers are worried about a terror group using small drones to spy on — or even attack — U.S. forces. So the military boffins are testing out  high-powered microwave blasts, to knock the small robo-planes out of the sky.

"An increasing concern is how do we defend against small”
unmanned aircraft, Air Force Chief Scientist
Werner Dahm tells InsideDefense.com. "Our traditional systems are set up to defend large platforms, so the labs have made real progress in demonstrating, in an exercise called ‘Black Dart,’ the ability to detect, track and even shoot down small" drones. (That’s one of the aircraft from the exercise, pictured above.)

One method relies on "microwave energy to shoot down [drones] by disrupting the aircraft’s electronics," the newsletter notes.

In December tests at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, Boeing used a different kind of energy weapon — a Humvee-mounted laser — to blast away a small robo-plane.

The drone-zapping project is one of a number of U.S. military efforts to build better microwave weapons that fry electronics. The Air Force Research Lab has
"developed a directed energy weapon to destroy buried IEDs," according to InsideDefense.com. In December, the service kicked off a three-year,
$40 million Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project
(CHAMP). The goal is to build a microwave weapon "that is capable of degrading, damaging, or destroying electronic systems" — including gizmos that are used for
"military, industrial, civil, and asymmetrical" purposes.

A few months before, the Air Force handed out a pair of $5 million contracts under a $75 million research effort to develop such weaponry. The Air Armament Command has its own effort for building "counter electronics payloads." The Navy recently invested more than $7 million on a "state-of-the-art Electromagnetic Pulse pulser." But, as we’ve noted before, these "e-bombs" come with all sorts of issues. Microwave "friendly fire," for one. "Seemingly intractable cost, size, beam-control and power-generation requirements," as well, according to Aviation Week.
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2010, 07:18:48 PM »
Navy and Hollywood, Match Made in NWO Heaven...

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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2010, 07:20:21 PM »
Many new soldiers being recruited without them even knowing it...



War Video Games and Hollywood
http://www.theblogofrecord.com/2009/12/24/war-video-games-and-hollywood/
Published: December 24th, 2009

While Hollywood has turned the war movie into a vehicle for anti-American, anti-military propaganda with recent money-losers like Redacted and Lions for Lambs, the video game industry is making billions on war games in which American soldiers are the good guys.

Activision’s Modern Warfare 2, which is set partially in Afghanistan and lets you play as American and British soldiers hunting terrorists, is a cultural sensation.

When it came out Nov. 10, it became the biggest entertainment product launch in history, grossing $310 million in North America and the United Kingdom in its first 24 hours. In its first five days, Modern Warfare 2 sales hit $550 million.

Activision was quick to put that in perspective, noting that the largest worldwide five-day box-office take for any movie was Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at $394 million.

I’m sure Hollywood bosses realize that Americans don’t want to see movies depicting their country as the source of all evil in the world, but that’s how Hollywood people see it, and I guess we should respect them for being true to their convictions and putting their money where their hearts are, or something.
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