Well, so much for that new era of “American greatness” or whatever. The Trump Administration’s idea of putting “America first” is, evidently, to carry out military expeditions that result in massive losses of civilian life overseas.
The U.S. military is reportedly investigating reports that airstrikes that it carried out in the fight against ISIS in Mosul, Iraq, resulted in the deaths of hundreds of civilians. An anonymous senior U.N. official told BBC that she was “stunned” by reports about the “terrible loss of life” coming out of Mosul following the Coalition airstrikes against ISIS targets.
It’s terrible when we can’t even keep our actions straight enough so as to not run afoul of the United Nations. The United Nations is a forceful and yet relatively chaotic and controversial body that has been at the forefront of political and social progress ever since World War II.
The Trump Administration and its ideological allies likes to pretend like the U.N. is an irrelevant organization, but such an assertion is comparable to if someone arose and proclaimed that they hadn’t been born from a womb. It’s simply ridiculous.
This incident comes not all that long after an “intelligence gathering mission” in Yemen went so terribly that the Yemeni government rescinded its permission for the U.S. military to carry out missions in the country without the direct approval of the government. The mission resulted in the deaths of dozens of civilians and one American serviceman, and it’s still not even clear whether or not it yielded any valuable intelligence.
With these incidents in mind, and considering that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that preemptive military action against North Korea is no longer off the table, it’s pretty clear that the Trump Administration’s strategy is to employ force while paying absolutely no consideration to the human impact of that force.
Reuters reported, as mentioned, that the U.S. military is investigating the reports of civilian casualties, writing:
‘The U.S. military acknowledged on Saturday that U.S. aircraft struck at the request of Iraqi security forces a location in West Mosul where dozens of civilian casualties allegedly occurred. U.S. Central Command said in a statement that it took the allegation seriously and has opened an investigation “to determine the facts surrounding this strike and the validity of the allegation of civilian casualties.”’
Will these sorts of incidents define the Trump Administration’s foreign policy? Or will it become defined by something even worse, such as an actual, full on war starting? Only time will tell for certain.
In the meantime, although his proposal still has to be approved by Congress, the White House has proposed taking tens of billions of dollars from the budgets of an array of federal agencies and redirecting those funds to the military.
Trump has expressed his desire to cooperate with Russia in the fight against ISIS in the Middle East, but most of the so-called “fight against ISIS” has resulted in incidents similar to this one, where there have been massive numbers of civilian casualties.
Featured Image via The Washington Post/ Getty Images