Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is aiming for a July 20 vote on a bill to cut off all U.S. foreign aid to Pakistan if its government refuses to release Dr. Shakil Afridi, who has been imprisoned for helping the CIA track down and kill Osama bin Laden.
President Obama’s drone fever is contagious and is spreading worldwide, and the American industries that build the drones are slavering over the chance to supply the demand.
Christopher Ames, the director of international strategy development for Pentagon contractor General Atomics Aeronautical, was almost gleeful in his statement to Reuters regarding the opening of a potentially lucrative overseas market for his company’s remote control killing machines.
"There has been very considerable international interest," he told Reuters. "There have been countries that for a long time have been asking for Predator... (the export variant) opens up those markets to us."
The United States is building Afghanistan a $92 million "Pentagon," one of more than 1,100 buildings built or under construction in that country at a cost to the United States of $10 billion.
Although the Obama administration has been a bit more forthcoming lately in its admission of its policy of using drones to kill enemies by remote control, there is still an official reluctance to let too much information reach the public.
In the last year or so, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a group of reporters have filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) petitions requesting that the federal government provide greater access to operational details of the drone program and the legal arguments forwarded by the Obama administration in justifying not only the use of the drones, but their use in the killing of thousands in Pakistan alone.
On Monday, President Obama approved the loan of nearly $126 million to the communist regime in Vietnam to purchase a satellite from Lockheed Martin. In his memorandum to the Secretary of State to authorizing the loan, President Obama insists that making the loan was “in the national interest of the United States.”