Trump Has Killed More Innocent Civilians In 4 Months Than Obama Did In 8 Years

The bloody toll of Defense Secretary Mattis’ relentless bombing campaigns in Iraq and Syria continues to skyrocket. Watchdog group Airwars reports that in just over four months, the Trump administration has killed 2,300 innocent civilians – more than President Obama did during his entire administration.

Twelve innocent people die under American bombs every single day, writes Airwars‘ Samuel Oakford in the Daily Beast. While the change in fighting locales from the countryside to the urban areas of Raqqa, Syria, and Mosul, Iraq, certainly played a role in the spike in civilian casualties, the Trump administration’s cavalier approach to the anti-ISIS campaign and their flagrant disregard for the lives of the people suffering under the rule of ISIS is largely to blame for the staggering jump in casualties.

The US-led coalition, Coalition Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) spends $13 million in taxpayer funds every day and has flown 156,651 sorties since 2014.

While the people of Iraq and Syria are slaughtered by their so-called liberators, arms manufacturers like Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin are raking in huge profits restocking the Air Force, which is expending munitions at a staggering rate.

AINOnline‘s Chris Pocock notes that the Pentagon’s budget request for FY2018 asks for 12,822 Boeing JDAMs ($27,000 for the tailkit, $42,000 a piece for laser guidance), 5,039 Boeing/Raytheon SDBs ($40,000/$250,000) and 1,397 Boeing/Lockheed Martin Hellfire missiles ($110,000 each).

Behold what your hard-earned tax dollars have purchased:

We should have seen this coming; after all, Trump literally told us all that he was planning to “bomb the sh*t” out of ISIS and that he was perfectly willing to “take out their families.”

But this kind of appalling destruction and wanton murder perfectly illustrates how the American military-industrial complex creates cycles of violence that perpetuate the instability and the poverty that provides fertile ground for extremist ideology.

America has been waging war in Iraq for twelve years and in Afghanistan for fifteen years, but neither of those nations is any closer to stability despite all the billions of dollars we’ve spent and all the lives we’ve ended.

It’s obvious that President Trump’s sole priority is getting his “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” moment so he can soak up the positive press and enjoy a minimal boost in the polls, entirely ignorant of the fact that the war crimes of the Pentagon is just setting the stage for the next conflict. 

h/t to to Samuel Oakford @ Airwars. Follow him on Twitter for more information.

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Colin Taylor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Journal. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.

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September 22, 2017