In his Year One, Trump has dropped four times as many bombs as Obama (who outdid Bush by 30,000 bombs)
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C.I.A. Drones Are Unleashed and Bombing at a Record-Breaking Clip
Drone bombing operations became very controversial during the George W. Bush Administration due to the high innocent civilian causality rate (collateral damage). The international community was outraged, as Bush conducted 57 drone strikes, outside of the Afghanistan and Iraq war zones, in three countries: Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.
As scandalous as that was, the Obama Administration, under the cover of a U.S. media blackout, conducted a stunning 563 drone strikes in those same three countries, with an outrageous innocent civilian death rate. According to the C.I.A.’s own documents, the people on the “kill list,” who were targeted for “death-by-drone,” accounted for only 2% of the deaths caused by the drone strikes.
Overall Bush & Obama Bombing Rates
George W. Bush was known as a “War President,” with the invasion of Afghanistan, the Shock & Awe campaign to start the Iraq War, and several other intense bombing campaigns throughout his presidency. Overall, he dropped an astonishing 70,000 bombs, in five countries.
As horrifying as that is to comprehend, over the course of Obama’s presidency, he dropped 100,000 bombs in seven countries. Obama out-bombed Bush by 30,000 bombs and 2 countries. Yet, somehow, he was given a Nobel Peace Prize.
Speaking of getting the Peace Prize for record-breaking bombing campaigns, 1973 Nobel winner Henry Kissinger, who was an adviser to Obama and Bush, and Ford and Nixon’s Secretary of State and National Security Advisor during the Vietnam War, made some incredible statements about Obama’s bombing campaigns in comparison to Nixon’s.
Kissinger said the Obama Administration has “hit more targets on a broader scale than the Nixon Administration ever did…. And I bet if one did an honest account, there were fewer civilian casualties in Cambodia than there have been from American drone attacks.”
Whether that is true or not is debatable. Just the fact that this comparison can even be made is highly disturbing.
Trump’s Overall Bombing Rate
As a declassified United States Air Forces Central Command Combined Air Operations Center report reveals, after the first full year of the Trump Administration, the overall bombing rate has skyrocketed.
Over the course of Bush’s presidency, he averaged 24 bombs dropped per day, 8750 per year.
Over the course of Obama’s presidency, he averaged 34 bombs dropped per day, 12,500 per year.
Over the course of Trump’s first year in office, he averaged 121 bombs dropped per day, for an annual total of 44,096.
That is 5 bombs dropped per hour – every hour of every day.
A bomb is dropped every 12 minutes.
Trump has more than tripled Obama’s outrageously scandalous bombing rate.
In fact, when you break the numbers down, it appears that Trump may have actually quadrupled Obama’s overall bombing rate.
144 Bombs Per Day
Trumps actual bombing total is most likely significantly more than 44,096. After news on the dramatic increase in bombings began to spread in September of 2017, the Trump Administration and the Pentagon became much more secretive over releasing battlefield information.