And you have to love the fact that the Associated Press is right in there happily reporting the deaths of "suspected" terrorists. . . .
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — A drone strike in Pakistan's tribal areas killed eight suspected militants early Monday, Pakistani officials said, as the U.S. pushes ahead with the controversial drone program despite Pakistani demands to stop.
The attack followed closely on the heels of another drone strike Sunday that killed 10 suspected militants.We noted the other day that all adult males killed by our drone strikes in Pakistan are--by official Obama administration policy--to be considered to have been terrorists . . . unless they can prove after they are dead that they weren't.
So sanitized has our automated drone war become that it is now the norm for AP or Reuters to report our successes in killing supposed high-value militants without ever questioning the piles of dead bodies lyiing around:
Pakistani intelligence officials told Reuters they believe Libi (which means Libyan in Arabic) may have been among seven foreign militants killed in Monday's strike.This is much better; Reuters apparently got the memo from the White House: the bodies we leave behind are not "suspected" militants, we need another adjective. Dipping his hand into the metaphorical adjective jar in the Oval Office, the Press Secretary comes up with . . . "foreign."
After all, everybody's foreign in that part of the world, and it's not like all those people count like they were real human beings.