Droning on about drones

U.N.'s empty admonitions on attacks in Pakistan lack perspective

It’s a good bet that if the Israelis were using drones to defend themselves with preemptive strikes against Hamas, the Obama administration would be all over them to stop.

Especially if there were 400 civilian casualties along the way.

Yet, President Obama – who was granted the Nobel Peace Prize before he had time to scuff his shoe in the White House – has been waging war from the air inside alleged-ally Pakistan.

And that’s after he and his supporters bitterly decried the Bush-era policy of waterboarding as “torture.” Somehow it’s inhumane to dunk a terrorist’s head to get some life-saving information, but it’s OK to cross a border and kill from the skies without warning? Seems a bit hypocritical, don’t you think?

Be that as it may, neither Pakistan nor the Useless Nations have anything to complain about. Not that that’s stopping them.

A U.N. special envoy last week decried the U.S. drone attacks as a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, and said the Pakistani government claims 400 civilian deaths from them. The Pakistanis also allege
that they don’t consent to the strikes.

Let’s take that last claim first.

Given the duplicitous nature of relations in that part of the world, we have little doubt the Pakistani government is taking our billions in aid and happily allowing our drone strikes and military convoys in return – and then telling the U.N. that they oppose the drones.

As for violating Pakistani sovereignty: Spare us the drivel. You can’t violate something that doesn’t exist. If the Pakistanis had “sovereignty” over their tribal regions, or just cared enough, they would do something about the fact that the Taliban and al-Qaida have found safe haven there in which to regenerate and launch attacks on our troops there and in neighboring Afghanistan.

Call us when you get sovereignty over your supposed territory.

As for the Useless Nations: As they say in the jungles of New York: Shutcherface. After being attacked on our truly sovereign land in 2001, and after a series of subsequent attempts and attacks since then, and after being sitting ducks for a decade to filthy savages hiding in the hills of Pakistan, we don’t need your stinking lectures.

Where are your reproaches for the reprobates we’re fighting on behalf of the rest of the civilized world?

Call us when you’ve got some perspective.

Note to our Pakistani and U.N. armchair critics: When you roll up your sleeves and take on some of the dirty work that the peerless pros of the U.S. military are doing every day to protect the world from these 7th-century holdouts, then you can feel free to question our methods.

In the meantime, to paraphrase Jack Nicholson’s character in A Few Good Men, we have neither the time nor the inclination to explain ourselves to someone who won’t lift a finger to fight the evil we are engaged with and who then questions the manner in which we do it.

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