Right after President Trump first took control as commander-in-chief of the U.S. armed forces, he promised to ‘bomb the shit’ out of ISIS.
Well, he wasn’t lying.
But, here’s one thing you need to know about Trump’s U.S. led coalition strikes against the so-called Islamic State: Trump has only been president for six months now, and already he has killed more civilians than Obama did in his entire presidency. That’s pretty troubling.
In total, more than 4,500 innocent civilians have been killed since Trump was inaugurated – roughly 360 per month, and 12 per day of his administration.
One major reason for this is due to the fact that Trump has delegated an enormous amount of responsibility to the Pentagon and is preferring for them to call the shots. That means Trump isn’t in the White House’s Situation Room nearly as much as President Obama was.
MSNBC even ran a segment recently legitimately questioning Trump’s day-to-day decision making. He has drawn criticism for delegating constitutional powers to the military, decisions that are normally reserved specifically for the president.
Jeremy Bash, MSNBC’s National Security Analyst had this to say about the ‘big bomb’ used in Afghanistan that had never been used before, as well as other military decisions Trump had not participated in:
“My sources tell me that the president was not involved in that decision at all. He took credit for it later because he thought it looked all macho, but he was not involved in that decision.
Likewise, he was not involved in the decision to shoot down Syrian aircraft that shot at the Syrian Defense forces on the ground. The president was not involved in that at all. That was a decision by the Commander in the field, ultimately the Central Command Commander, and ultimately the Secretary of Defense.”
Take this into account, as well: In the five months Trump has been in office, he has yet to meet or speak with his Iraq or Afghanistan commander. Compare this to President George W. Bush who spoke with his military commander in Iraq every week, and President Barack Obama who was so entrenched in military operations that his first three Defense Secretaries actually complained about micro-management.
Here’s the other thing: when Obama was president, he took an active effort to make sure civilian casualties were reduced significantly – he even issued an executive order that implemented procedures for doing precisely that. It put in interagency consultations and reviews, as well as annual reporting on the figures.
Guess what? Those reviews are no longer taking place under the Trump administration.
President Trump’s airstrikes against ISIS killed more civilians in six months than Obama’s did in his entire presidency pic.twitter.com/MXeuFFf3gZ
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