"...in 2016 alone, the Obama administration dropped at least 26,171 bombs. This means that every day last year, the US military blasted combatants or civilians overseas with 72 bombs; that’s three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day."
"President Obama did reduce the number of US soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, but he dramatically expanded the air wars and the use of special operations forces around the globe. In 2016, US special operators could be found in 70% of the world’s nations, 138 countries – a staggering jump of 130% since the days of the Bush administration."
To put this in context, under Obama the U.S conducted bombing campaigns in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and Libya. Those are seven majority-Muslim countries. As we've discussed here before, that includes the disastrous U.S. intervention in Syria -- we went in shortly after civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, under the advice of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who drafted memos saying the U.S. could notch a big win by bombing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces and strongholds and topple al-Assad within "months."
Well, here we are five years later. Al-Assad is still in power, he's regaining territory, and all we've managed to do is kill civilians with our bombs and contribute to the worst refugee crisis in modern history, a humanitarian crisis on such an epic scale that it's ruined literally millions of lives and has wreaked havoc not just in Syria, but all across Europe as more refugees flee and seek asylum in every country from Greece to Germany to the U.K.
I'm posting this because, inexplicably, our media is loathe to even mention it. These are organizations that supposedly exist to inform the American public, and they refuse to run stories portraying Obama in a negative light, or stories that contradict the narrative that Obama is a cerebral, peaceful leader instead of just another politician who made lofty campaign promises and failed to deliver on most of them.
It's the same thing with the illegal NSA domestic spying program authorized by the Obama administration, and the administration's illegal wiretaps on media organizations like the Associated Press and Fox News, as well as illegal wiretaps on journalists working for those organizations and others.
Now Vladimir Putin is a pretty terrible guy, and I'm not in the business of defending him. But I did notice that, ahead of the Sochi Olympics in 2014, the Russian government explicitly warned foreign reporters, athletes and dignitaries that their communications would likely be monitored while they were staying in Russia. The Russian government told them to keep that in mind, and not to email, text or talk on the phone about anything they want to keep private.
Whereas Obama and our leaders will smile, pay lip service to freedom, publicly express contempt for spying, while in reality they're helping themselves to the details of our private lives by spying on American citizens, American media companies, and our own allies.