By Bill Maher
Since Trump has become president and taken the gloves off the military, unlike that squish Obama, we’ve had a botched raid in Yemen that left a Navy Seal dead, two attacks in Syria that resulted in large numbers of civilian casualties, and now “the U.S. is investigating reports that as many as 200 civilians may have been killed in a coalition air strike targeting ISIS militants in Mosul.”
During his campaign, Trump promised that he would “quickly and decisively bomb the hell out of ISIS.” The New York Times reported that an “Iraqi special forces officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, said that there had been a noticeable relaxing of the coalition’s rules of engagement since President Trump took office.” Airwars, a nonprofit group that monitors civilian deaths from coalition airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, says that “in March alone the number of reported civilian fatalities has shot up to 1,058, from 465 in December, the last full month of the Obama administration.”
We still don’t know exactly what happened in Mosul, and who is to blame, or if nobody is. But I’m not sure that it would surprise anyone if it turned out that we saw a lot more of these types of incidents under President Clueless and Dangerous than we did under a more measured and prudent Obama.
Maybe the gloves were on for a reason. Like not killing as many women and children.