Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Hypocrisy of U.S. Foreign Policy: Obama agrees, all countries have the right to defend themselves against drone strikes

To emphasize the hypocrisy of US foreign policy in the following reply from President Obama, the word “missiles” has been replaced by “drones”, the word “landing” replaced by “striking”, and the word “Israel(i)” replaced by “the country’s”. Obama’s actual video reply follows the modified quote.
"Let's understand what the precipitating event here was that's causing the current crisis, and that was an ever-escalating number of drones that were striking, not just in the country’s territory, but in areas that are populated, and there's no country on Earth that would tolerate drones raining down on its citizens from outside its borders.

“So we are fully supportive of the country’s right to defend itself from drones striking people's homes and workplaces and potentially killing civilians, and we will continue to support the country’s right to defend itself.”

Obama Defends Israel's Right to Defend Itself



As for a non-hypocritical perspective on the Israeli offensive in Gaza, please see the following interview on Democracy Now! with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies based in Washington, D.C.

Gaza Ceasefire to Be Decided in Cairo, But Will Washington Rein In Israeli Occupation, Blockade?

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