The United States of America has seemingly ramped up the constant dropping of bombs on the Middle East, specifically in Iraq, even though President Barack Obama dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016 alone.
Recently, a bomb dropped in Mosul, Iraq, led to the death of over a 100 civilians, with some estimates actually being over 200 casualties. According to USA Today: “The incident prompted international condemnations because of the large number of civilians killed. Some estimates put the death toll at 200 or more.”
The increased civilian death count has been a trend that seemed to be continuous even during President Obama’s presidency, with as many as 20,000 civilians dead in 2014, and over 70,000 civilians deaths during his presidency. There is a false narrative among Republicans that Obama was “too weak on jihadis,” which is completely fact-free as he dropped over 26,000 bombs all over the Middle East.
This extremely alarming civilian death toll is symbolic of the failure of our “war on terror” and intervention into other countries. First off, the intervention of the United States into Iraq led to the destabilization of the region and is thought to have led to the rise of ISIS. Additionally, this civilian casualty count is believed to lead to further membership and radicalization for people in the region because when they find out that their family member or friend was killed by an American bomb, they will identify the enemy as America, not ISIS.
America has been in Afghanistan for nearly 16 years, and they have not produced any legitimate stability within the region. According to Long War Journal: “Additionally, in early Feb., the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued a report stating that the Taliban controls, contests, or influences 171 districts.”
When something has so clearly failed, it is quite clear that it is time for a change in plans, as relentlessly dropping bombs, employing drone campaigns, and endlessly funding practically non-existent “moderate rebels” has been an epic failure. The USA’s “war on terror” has made themselves much less safe, in contrary to the goal of the war.
Unfortunately, it seems that rather than being less interventionist, President Trump has seemingly decided to lessen the rules of engagement, with his first raid leading to the death of a Navy SEAL and an 8-year-old in Yemen. If this failed policy continues, the debt clock will continue to rise exponentially, populations in the middle east will be further radicalized, terrorism will become more common, and we will be less safe as a nation than before.