Thursday, May 23, 2013

Obama on Drones: The Democrats Respond

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The Democrats' response to President Obama's Thursday, May 23, at the National Defense University will be presented by President Obama. Below is an advance notice distributed to the press.]

Well, it would be hard to add anything to that impressive presentation.

However, it's important to note the most important development of all: war crimes are actually decreasing under the present Democratic administration.

As the chart below shows, war crimes committed by the Obama administration decreased steadily between 2010 and 201, and again between 2011 and 2012, and again between 2012 and 2013. (We hope.)

United States airstrikes in Pakistan
(Source: The New York Times: "Debate Aside,
Number of Drone Strikes Drops Sharply"

My advisers have run the numbers and they have indicated that, at the current rate of decrease, U.S. war crimes could reach zero by 2015, or 2016 latest.

Don't thank me. That's why I'm here for.

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