Women walk past a graffiti, denouncing strikes by U.S. drones in Yemen, painted on a wall in Sanaa, Yemen February 6, 2017 (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah).
Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Policy: The (Not-So) Peaceful Transition of Power: Trump’s Drone Strikes Outpace Obama
As a candidate, President Donald Trump was deeply misleading about the sorts of military operations that he would support. He claimed to have opposed the 2003 Iraq War when he actually backed it, and to have opposed the 2011 Libya intervention when he actually strongly endorsed it, including with U.S. ground troops. Yet, Trump and his loyalists consistently implied that he would be less supportive of costly and bloody foreign wars, especially when compared to President Obama, and by extension, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This might be true, but nonetheless the White House is considering deploying even more U.S. troops to Syria, loosening the rules of engagement for airstrikes, and increasing the amount of lethal assistance provided to Syrian rebel groups.
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WNU Editor: Too early to say where this trend is going. The 20 drone strikes that were committed yesterday has blown up these numbers .... and these drone strikes appear to be a fall-out from last month's US Navy SEAL raid against Al Qaeda in Yemen .... a raid that was originally planned during President Obama's administration.