Let's give these members of the American elite their due: one has to work hard to make a mystery of anti-American (and anti-Western) terrorism emanating from the Middle East. It takes prodigious effort to maintain an air of innocence about San Bernardino and Paris, because no one who claims to be informed can plead ignorance of the long history of U.S. and Western imperialism in the Muslim world. This includes the CIA's subversion of Iranian democracy in 1953, the U.S. government's systematic support of compliant autocratic and corrupt Arab monarchies and dictatorships, its empowering of Iraqi Shi'ite Muslims, and its unconditional backing of Israel's brutal anti-Palestinian policies. (The savage 2014 war on Gaza killed many noncombatants.)
Obama has claimed that the drone war kills few noncombatants, but this is rejected by many authoritative sources, including, Coll reports, a team of NYU and Stanford law students who found that "C.I.A.-operated drones were nowhere near as discriminating toward noncombatants as the agency’s leaders have claimed."
(Cross-posted at the Center for a Stateless Society.)
"Another Frankenstein's Monster"
"What If the Tsarnaevs' Motive Was Revenge for U.S. Foreign Policy?"
"Muslim Radicals Strike at U.S. Foreign Policy"
"Terrorism: Made in the U.S.A."
"Mistaken About Motives"
"President's Perilous Foreign Affairs" (1998)
"Thank You, Mr. President" (1999)