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How Drone Strikes, Assassinations, and Eye Scans are Uniting the Middle East--Against the U.S.

Obama's proved his ability to be a uniter--at least in the Middle East, where public opinion is nearly united in opposition to U.S. foreign policy.

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In other words, not making friends in the Greater Middle East turns out to be a spectacularly budget-busting undertaking -- and so an accomplishment in its own right.  And rest assured, Washington isn’t likely to settle for 10% or 5% on those favorability figures either, not when absolute perfection in unpopularity is within reach.  Just in the last weeks, in a clear effort to lower those numbers, Washington has launched air attacks in Somalia ( at least two wounded), Yemen ( 50 dead), Pakistan (at least  48 dead), Libya (no count), and  Afghanistan (at least  40, including  children).  Despite what Washington officials imagine, drones are, in practice, neither precise nor effective weapons.  But they are  radicalizing instruments in an American war that, again in practice, is not just  on but for terror.

 

Tom Engelhardt, editor of Tomdispatch.com, is co-founder of the American Empire Project and author of The American Way of War: How Bush's Wars Became Obama's .
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