The human rights group Amnesty International believes President Obama should be tried for a war crime because he approved a missile strike that killed a grandmother who was picking vegetables in in Pakistan. According to their extensive research in Pakistan, the group believes drone strikes are killing civilians at alarmingly high rates.
The New York Times has already reported that President Obama personally approves drone strike targets in Pakistan. Thus, he has taken responsibility for who gets killed. If civilians are being killed with regularity, President Obama must take responsibility for that.
This charge by Amnesty International comes on the heels of charges made by other human rights groups that Obama may be guilty or war crimes by arming terrorist groups in the Middle East including some affiliated with Al Quaeda. These groups also believe Obama would be committing a war crime if he ordered an attack on Syria without first obtaining approval from the United Nations Security Council. Vladimir Putin has levied a similar charge at Obama.
President Obama ran as the peace candidate but his tenure in office has been anything but that. Some journalists are even calling for the President to return the Nobel Peace Prize he received shortly after taking the helm in 2009. It is unlikely that will happen.
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