- In December 2009 – just weeks after he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – President Obama ordered a cruise missile strike on al-Majala in southern Yemen. That strike ‘killed 35 women and children.’ Among the munitions used in that strike were cluster bombs, including ones designed to scatter 166 ‘bomblets.
- 10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism
Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept <https://theintercept.com>
Sep. 3 2015 | The New York Times today has a truly bizarre article regarding the U.S. and cluster bombs. The advocacy group Cluster Munition Coalition just issued its annual report finding that cluster bombs had been used in five countries this year: Syria, Libya, Yemen, Ukraine and Sudan. This is what The Paper of Record, in its report by Rick Gladstone, said this morning about the international reaction to that report (emphasis added):
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The use of these weapons was criticized by all 117 countries that have joined the treaty, which took effect five years ago. Their use was also criticized by a number of others, including the United States, that have not yet joined the treaty but have abided by its provisions.
Glenn Greenwald is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times best-selling books on politics and law. His most recent book, No Place to Hide, is about the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents around the world.
US progressives are delighted to see the US administration making some progress on the diplomatic front with Cuba and Iran. We should now clearly define what a progressive foreign policy looks like, and push presidential candidates and other officials to move US foreign policy towards one based on respect, cooperation and diplomacy.