Well, well, well … isn’t this interesting:
From Yahoo! News:
The White House has acknowledged for the first timethat strict standards President Obama imposed last year to prevent civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes will not apply to U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq.
A White House statement to Yahoo News confirming the looser policy came in response to questions about reports that as many as a dozen civilians, including women and young children, were killed when a Tomahawk missile struck the village of Kafr Daryan in Syria’s Idlib province on the morning of Sept. 23.
“They seem to be creating this grey zone” for the conflict, said Harold Koh, who served as the State Department’s top lawyer during President Obama’s first term. “If we’re not applying the strict rules [to prevent civilian casualties] to Syria and Iraq, then they are of relatively limited value.”
Now, we can of course play the “What If This Had Happened Under Bush” game:
But there’s another major double standard worth highlighting here:
What a difference a few months makes, huh?
Of course it’s OK. It’s always OK when the Obama administration does it.
Yep, that sounds about right.