US declassifies military attacks in Yemen, Somalia

Look, I am all for going after the bad guys. But these military actions, undeclared wars that are not discussed with the Americans and Congress are greatly disturbing. So, finally, on a Friday, Obama dumps this story on the AP. I guess now he feels there is some political gain for him, why else. I have been reporting for months about the built up or our forces and treasure throughout Africa.When do assassinations become that as opposed to killing “military combatants”? What Judge and Jury? As defined, “Africa, our last frontier”

From the post Three thousand U.S. soldiers on their way to Africa

Army Times: A brigade of 3,000 US soldiers will be deployed to Africa to battle terrorism and hunger or whatever. I think this about sums it up.

“As far as our mission goes, it’s uncharted territory,” Hogg said from his headquarters in Vicenza, Italy

Though U.S. soldiers have operated in Africa for decades, including more than 1,200 soldiers currently stationed at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, the region in many ways remains the Army’s last frontier.

Roughly 3,000 soldiers — and likely more — are expected to serve tours across the continent in 2013, training foreign militaries and aiding locals.

But “I’m not there to win their wars or settle their differences,” he added. Of course not, just our  blood and treasure.

The White House is partially lifting the lid of secrecy on its counterterrorism campaign against al-Qaida in Yemen and Somalia by formally acknowledging for the first time that it is conducting lethal attacks in those countries.

Under the War Powers Resolution of 1973, the White House is required to report to Congress every six months on U.S. combat operations abroad. Friday’s report includes a secret attachment with classified details, which was not released publicly

The decision by President Barack Obama to declassify the existence of the counterterror actions in those two countries amounts an incremental move toward greater openness about the use of U.S. force overseas. It does not reflect any change in the intensity or basic character of the U.S. campaign to defeat al-Qaida.

The report applies only to U.S. military operations, including those by special operations forces _ not those conducted by the CIA.

“In all cases we are focused on those al-Qaida members and affiliates who pose a direct threat to the United States and to our national interests,” National interests? What National interests?  Town Hall

You might want to check out the set up for this Obama makes it illegal for U.S. Citizens to criticize the government of Yemen -by Executive Order

In other words, the U.S. Government will now punish anyone who is determined — in the sole discretion of the U.S. Government — even to “indirectly” obstruct the full transition of power to President Hadi. But what if someone — a Yemeni or an American — opposes Hadi’s rule and wants to agitate for a real election in which more than one candidate runs? Is that pure political advocacy, as it appears, now prohibited by the U.S. Government, punishable by serious sanctions, on the ground that it “obstructs” the transition of power to Hadi? Can journalists who report on corruption or violence by the Hadi regime and who write Op-Eds demanding a new election be accused, as it seems, of “threatening Yemen’s political stability”?

As it does with most U.S.-compliant dictators in the region, the Obama administration has since been propping up Hadi with large amounts of money and military assistance, but it is now taking a much more extreme step to ensure he remains entrenched in power — a step that threatens not only basic liberties in Yemen but in the U.S. as well:

10 Responses to “US declassifies military attacks in Yemen, Somalia”

  1. Obama and his long dirty little fingers in Yemen | BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades! Says:

    […] US declassifies military attacks in Yemen, Somalia June 18, 2012 — bunkerville […]


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  3. Steve Dennis Says:

    Why is it that the Congress seems more than willing to give Obama a pass on this? If this were Bush there would be hearings and media outrage, yet with Obama there is nothing but silence.


  4. Conservatives on Fire Says:

    I suspect that there is much more to this activity on the African continent than we are being told. I wish our President and the Pentagon and the CIA could understand that the US is broke. We can’t afford to be the wrold’s policeman.


    • bunkerville Says:

      We were in 150 out of 180 countries of the world. Now it must be closer to them all. While many good intentions perhaps, we are the next Roman Empire to fall, exactly the same way.


  5. Kurt Silverfiddle Says:

    We’ve been doing military assistance all over the world for decades, only a few, most famously Vietnam, ended up in full-scale warfare.

    Our military advisory in Central America in the 1980’s actually brought good to the region and was I think, a model. We provided training and some arms, but the Nicaraguan rebels and the Salvadoran Army did the fighting, not us.

    We have also been in the Philippines for a decade now doing the same thing, and the Filipinos have been doing an impressive job rolling up bad guys in Jolo and other southern provinces.

    So, if we’re helping people who’ve asked for it, and who are willing to do the heavy lifting themselves, and it has congressional approval and oversight, it can be a positive thing. Having said that, it doesn’t appear Yemen meets the standards I’ve laid out.

    Why aren’t there congressional hearings on these operations?


    • bunkerville Says:

      My issue is that we are not told about our involvement, nor little congressional oversight. From what I read from the African Newspaper blogs, these drone attacks are killing many civilians and causing much anger. This is what happened in Afghanistan nad Pakistan in my mind. Too many civilian deaths.


    • Bunkerville Says:

      We use to do covert action….otherwise known as assassination. Somehow doing it by drone is ok. I have no problem with th CIA doing what it can, but if you are going to say water boarding is illegal, but assassination by drone is, then I have a problem.


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