Published on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 by Foreign Policy in Focus
The White Noise of War
In the high-vaulted main hall of Union Station in
A banner unfolds. A chant begins. The commuters in Union Station receive their termination notices. "You are a child living in
This mock drone attack (you can see the video here )--along with others  in San Francisco,
But there's another, more disturbing reason for the indifference. On October 7, we entered our tenth year of the
So far, the Obama administration's policies have been part of the problem, not the solution. The president authorized a surge in troops on the ground and asked Congress to increase the money we're paying for that war. At the same time, the administration has dramatically increased  the frequency of drone attacks on al-Qaeda and Taliban targets in
These drone attacks aren't the pinpoint strikes the Pentagon would like us to believe. We are killing as many as 50 civilians  for every extremist leader targeted. Anti-American sentiment has surged in
The hearts and minds have spoken. But they can't be heard above the white noise of war.
This poll was conducted before a
"Why should NATO only acknowledge its mistake in the killing Frontier Corps personnel?" asks  the English-language Pakistani newspaper, The Nation. "Does the state of
Today, of course, everyone is focused on the mid-term elections and the prospects of a big Republican win . "Whereas Obama seemed to do all the right things in his quest for the presidency, he seemed to make all the wrong moves as chief executive," writes FPIF columnist Walden Bello in Lessons of the Obama Debacle . "His prioritizing of health care reform, a massively complex task, has been identified as a key blunder. This decision certainly contributed to the debacle. But other important factors related mainly to his handling of the economic crisis, a primary concern of the electorate, were perhaps more critical."
That economic crisis will continue to dominate the second half of Obama's term. It won't be easy to push through job-creation policies in the face of Republican obstructionism (and Democratic wishy-washiness). Hamstrung on domestic policy, he could still act boldly in the global realm, creating a foreign policy legacy that could stand beside health care reform. Ending the
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John Feffer is co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus  at the Institute for Policy Studies.
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