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

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To emphasize the hypocrisy of US foreign policy in the following reply from President Obama, the word “missiles” has been replaced by “drones”, the word “landing” replaced by “striking”, and the word “Israel(i)” replaced by “the country’s”.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.”

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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  • Liam_McGonagle

    So this must be the import of stonewalling Gaza’s petition for statehood in the UN. If they’re not technically registered as a “country” they don’t have any right to self defense.

  • Hadrian999

    yes lets all pretend Gaza hasn’t been under an unrestricted economic and starvation war for years.

    this outcome is the one the west really wants. Palestinian rural dwellers are forced off their lands through terrorism and sabotage, the cities are gripped by a strangling blockade and moderate efforts by Palestinian activists are ignored. the west wants Gaza plunged into violence to fit their narrative.

  • SiDevilIam

    SiDevilIam

    4:34 AM EST

    I am glad that WaPo finds this single photo incidence, so
    interesting. What about words? The entire discussion over Hamas using
    crudely made rockets, always in round numbers, never accurately aimed,
    nor very useful, or otherwise, being the headlines?Israel has a very
    strong lobby, strong media owned and operated by Jews, Israel has some
    nasty newspapers, almost towing official government line about gravity
    or propaganda, how come WaPo tries to grovel on a single photo?This is a
    war and both sides used social media, Israel lobby, more than
    Hamas/Palestine. Very successfully. Examples are noted by British media,
    among others. Does that reflect a fair technic/tactic Israel’s very attitude
    about their neighbors, Arab or non Arab stinks, high heavens.Binyamin
    Netanyahu’s constant carping on Iran’s nuclear power ambitions, not
    proven beyond partisan allegations has caused American congressional and
    presidential elections, a laughing stock. Thank God, Mitt Romney
    failed, miserably and his most generous donors lost their money and
    mission.In future, I wish you take issues with PR and propaganda, as
    you, as a respectable media find and target the guilty.

    Among other known violators, The Wall Street Journal, The New
    York Times, Baltimore Sun and let me not forget, CNN, nasty bunch, I say.

    …and I am Sid Harth@elcidharth.com

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