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John Whitehead asks, The Bill of Rights turns 230, what do we have to show for it?

Jacob Hornberger discusses the folly of the Democrats’ debate on healthcare.

Daniel John Sobieski asks, Will McCabe bring the FBI down with him?

Stephen Walt says, We lost the war in Afghanistan. Get over it.

Whitney Webb on how the CIA, Mossad, and “the Epstein Network” are exploiting mass shootings to create an Orwellian nightmare.

Aaron Kesel with the latest on the Orwellian police state: ICE “hyper-realistic” urban warfare training facility at Army base.

Tom Woods and Lew Rockwell discuss the recent Democrat debate.

Kelley Vlahos discusses the recent appeals court decision ordering FBI to destroy memos calling Antiwar.com a threat.

Charles Burris on Constitution Day, 2019.

Karen Kwiatkowski on Julian Assange, and the trustworthiness and believability of government power teetering everywhere.

Laurence Vance in defense of price gouging.

Robert Wenzel says that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants “universal rent control.”

Mary Lucia Darst says that Anti-trust hurts the little guy.

Eric Margolis on bin Laden and 9/11.

B.N. Frank on the possible dangers of 5G cell towers nearby.

Richard Ebeling discusses the secret history of the monopolization of welfare by the State.

Gary Barnett on fictitious markets, fake economics and the reality of fraud.

And Edward Curtin on why he doesn’t speak of the fake news of “9/11” anymore.

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Aaron Kesel with an article on Google, Facebook, Twitter meeting with government officials to figure out how to weed out “fake news” during the 2020 election. (What could go wrong?)

Dagney Taggart on Trump’s new fave: a new social credit plan with Big Tech and Big Brother and Big Government colluding to further gun control efforts. (See above.)

Jessica Prol Smith and Jeremy Tedesco discuss the SPLC’s dishonest slandering of others with whom they disagree as “hateful.”

Caitlin Johnstone has some meditations on Twitter’s silencing of antiwar/non-interventionist voices.

James Bovard on James Comey as a reckless, untrustworthy FBI director.

Barry Brownstein on the myth that our planet faces an overpopulation crisis.

Mike Adams says that Bernie Sanders has announced support for global eugenics and depopulation, and called on accelerating abortions in countries populated by people of color.

Robert Murphy asks, Do migrants drain wealth from America when they send money home?

Eric Margolis on Trump’s foolish trade war.

David Stockman on Trump’s fake MAGA and fake markets.

And the Daily Mail with an article by former FBI agent Mike German who says that Robert Mueller and James Comey made the FBI a threat to democracy, lost public trust in its agents and clouded Donald Trump’s presidency by going political.

Jeffrey Epstein and the Dishonest Media Labeling Others “Conspiracy Theorists”

Now that Jeffrey Epstein is either dead from murder or suicide, or been taken off to escape justice or be interrogated by goons, we are getting the usual “conspiracy theorist” label by those who are either very dishonest or just plain dumb, naive or ignorant.

Especially with those in the media as well as apparatchiks, we get a good view as to who someone really is when they immediately label someone as “conspiracy theorist” when that person isn’t obediently and gullibly believing every word that “officials” and their media stenographers tell us.

Perhaps there are those who immediately call someone a “conspiracy theorist” for merely questioning the official narrative, because the alternative explanations (with facts or circumstantial evidence given) cause the labelers anguish. For example, we’d rather not hear about someone such as allegedly Epstein sexually exploiting or abusing teenage girls. But further, it is more distressing when it turns out to be an elaborate scheme that involves many, many people, well-known or not, and that a lot of innocent young girls are being abused by all those scum.

I have a feeling that some of the high-profile people who have been involved in Jeffrey Epstein’s escapades include people in the news media, as well as politicians, Wall Street cronies and other very well-known personalities not involved in finance or politics. Craig Murray analyzes whether some events in the past involving Bill Clinton and Epstein are mere coincidences.

And Caitlin Johnstone writes about the labeling of people as “conspiracy theorist,” and about an NBC reporter Ken Dilanian who warns of “conspiracy theorists” who aren’t buying the official narrative. Apparently Dilanian is also a known CIA asset. So who is the real “conspiracy theorist” here?

There are many obedient sheeple in the news media now, either just out of authoritarian devotion to their rulers in Washington, or just out of a naive and gullible simpleton mentality. Some of them will literally repeat word for word whatever government officials tell them in their “news” reports.

As I wrote in this post last December,

For example, Glenn Greenwald pointed to court historian Douglas Brinkley’s fawning interview of Barack Obama, and that “journalists joyously dance with top officials, swing on their tires, are creepily grateful when they’re sprayed in the face by their squirt guns, and play fun beach games with the very campaign officials they’re ostensibly covering.”

…some examples provided by Greenwald have included Bob Schieffer kissing up to former NSA directer Michael Hayden, and Bob Shieffer hatchet-jobbing Ron Paul on foreign policy. And Scott Pelley’s “13 uninterrupted minutes of drooling propaganda” interview of Obama defense secretary Leon Panetta, how Wired manipulated chat logs to aid and abet the government’s persecution of Army whistleblower Bradley Manning, and Diane Sawyer and Brian Ross’s anti-Iran fear-mongering (things haven’t changed much).

We have just gone through more than two years of “Trump-Russia collusions” conspiracy theory, and it was all theory because not only was there never any evidence for such collusion or Trump-Russia conspiracy, and the Mueller Report says just that, but there has been no evidence that the DNC computers or emails were actually hacked.

But the “Trump-Russia collusions” and “Russian election meddling” false narratives i.e. “fake news” propaganda were being disseminated by the news media over and over and over, so many Americans really believed it all. Now, not so much.

So we don’t really have a “news media” now, we have a government media, the propaganda wing of the U.S. government. And it’s not just the national media, but many or most local news media outlets throughout the U.S. That’s because a lot of people are just easily propagandized.

But also a lot of people in the media are too damn lazy to do actual fact-checking, actual investigative research, and instead they tend to take information that a government official gives them as the word of God.

So this “conspiracy theorist” label being thrown around and directed toward those who question the official narrative is distressing, especially, as Johnstone pointed out in her article, when our beloved yet decrepit FBI tells us that “conspiracy theorists” are the new “domestic terrorism” threat.

And that is distressing because we now live in an age false accusation, an era of ignorance and hysteria regarding many issues, including the paranoid and triggered college snowflakes, and the climate fanatics who call people “deniers” and who want to jail or kill the “deniers.” And an era of false accusation now being the norm, such as with Title IX abuse. The accusations against Brett Kavanaugh were false accusations with NO evidence to back them up. And I detest Kavanaugh, if you didn’t know, but I still think the truth is important.

And the whole “Russia collusions” matter was a false accusation against a political candidate and then sitting President.

Charles Burris posted two posts on eugenics on the LRC blog. I’m not sure if it was because of the Epstein case now in the news, because we have heard that Jeffrey Epstein was into eugenics. The Burris posts are The Eugenics Crusade and Selling Murder: The Killing Films of the Third Reich.

In the 2nd Burris post, he writes about the “documentary Selling Murder: The Killing Films of the Third Reich, the single most important film about the Nazi’s Aktion T-4 euthanasia program.” He says “It shows exactly how the Nazis marginalized people with disabilities and mental illnesses by making them less and less until it became acceptable to exterminate them.”

That reminded me of the climate fanatics calling people “deniers” and wanting to jail them or have the “deniers” killed. Have you heard that?

But, speaking of references to the “mentally ill,” we are hearing of the importance of gun-buying background checks, using FBI or otherwise government databases, of course. And people want to take guns away from those labeled “mentally ill,” because the gun-grabbers want to disarm already more vulnerable people and make them even more defenseless.

However, the problem here is how “mentally ill” will be defined, and by whom. Given that the U.S. is becoming more like a USSA, an American Soviet Union, it seems to me that civilians or “any non-government employee” who owns an illegal gun will eventually be determined to be a “danger” or a “terrorist” by the “authorities.” Or determined to be “mentally ill” by our whacked out Xanaxized society and by the gubmint in Washington. But not just gun owners, also people who don’t share the “transgender” ideology, people who support the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence, people who live “off the grid,” etc., etc. Yeah, those “mentally ill” people.

And, oh yes, “conspiracy theorists.”

The Mass Shootings – And, Are “Conspiracy Theorists” Terrorists? (Updated)

Once again, this past weekend there were two mass shootings, in El Paso, Texas and in Dayton, Ohio, resulting in 29 deaths and many injuries.

I have already addressed many times here the fact that quite a few of the mass murders in the past 15 or 20 years were by people having been on those psychiatric drugs, including antidepressants. Now, I am not saying that people taking psychiatric drugs become mass killers. But I am saying that most of the mass murders that have happened in all these recent years now, coincidentally, happen to have been committed by someone taking those drugs. But the mainstream media don’t want to reveal that fact because the pharmaceutical companies are some of the news outlets’ biggest sponsors.

But that is not what I wanted to discuss in this post. This morning I heard someone on the radio talking about the El Paso shooter’s “manifesto,” that he published online prior to his shooting spree at the Walmart, in which all weekend the news media were referring to it as a manifesto of “racist white supremacy” and anti-Mexican and “pro-Trump.” However, the person on the radio was saying that the manifesto also included the alleged shooter’s being big on the climate change stuff, like we’ve only got 12 years (as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez believes), and other typically left-wing nonsense.

So, given that the alleged shooter’s manifesto mixes anti-Mexican, anti-Hispanic, anti-immigrant racism and white supremacy with leftist ideological claptrap, if that is true, it is very hard to believe what we are being told by the media.

And then I see a post by Kurt Nimmo who sees some coincidences between this shooting (or these shootings including the Dayton shooting by an alleged left-wing Elizabeth Warren supporter) and the other recent shootings including the synagogue shooters in California and Pittsburgh, and the New Zealand shooting.

Those events and the timing of the FBI’s recently telling us about “conspiracy theorists” being associated with terrorism, i.e. “anti-government” critics and journalists writing about the corruption and criminality in Washington as = terrorists, in order to psy-op the public to reject even considering a non-mainstream media-promulgated perspective of events. For example, “Russia-Russia-Russia” — when it turns out that the U.S. government and Congress had zero evidence to prove any connection between the Trump campaign and Russia, and also had zero evidence that Russia hacked the DNC computers and emails or that they were even hacked at all.

So given what Nimmo is saying about the FBI’s attempts to psy-op the public regarding “conspiracy theorists,” and these incidents, I have no confidence at all that the FBI will ever get cleaned up after the Russiagate fiasco that’s gone on for 3 years in which spooks and goons from various national security agencies attempted to frame up Donald Trump in conspiring with the Russian government to illegitimately get elected President. The FBI’s Chris Wray is just another Regime apparatchik.

I have no hope that thug James Comey, commie John Brennan, “Strzok and Page,” Andrew McCabe and Rod Rosenstein et al. will be held accountable. The ones who fraudulently signed FISA application warrants and knowingly lied to judges to get them to sign on to the warrants will not face prosecution. Right now, the FBI is working to double down on its cover-up and working on a psy-op of the public to dismiss those who have exposed the Russiagate criminality as “conspiracy theorists” who = “terrorist” because the honest journalists dare to expose the regime. (And I don’t believe Sean Hannity and Andrew McCarthy and Joe deGenova etc. in their saying that people definitely will be held accountable. It doesn’t look good right now.)

UPDATE: An August 1st article: Justice Department declines to prosecute Comey over memos, and further info in this article.

UPDATE II: (It gets worse.) FBI director Wray welcomes Peter Strzok back to FBI.

More News and Commentary

Walter Williams says that things haven’t always been this way.

Ron Paul on conservatives against liberty.

Laurence Vance on the problem with Republicans and conservatives.

Ray McGovern says the Robert Mueller testimony, if it happens, will be well worth watching.

Gideon Levy with an article on the Gazans who lost everything in an Israeli bombing.

Lobe Log: FBI surveillance of Iranians after the downing of flight 655 in 1988.

Kevin Gosztola says that CNN twisted embassy surveillance records to attack Julian Assange.

William Hartung on Eisenhower’s worst nightmare.

Gary Barnett says that war is the American way of life.

Jacob Hornberger discusses Pompeo’s big lie on Iran.

If you want a lengthy, detailed discussion on what a free society would actually look like, Laurence Vance has that here.

And South Front on the expanding global footprint of U.S. Special Oops.

Yes, “Brainwashed”

Here is just a brief response to those who are bothered by my calling others “brainwashed.” Yes, when people repeat the lies and propaganda of the “authorities” about this or that issue and also condemn those who disagree or those who bring up contradicting facts and then the brainwashed ones demand that the naysayers be silenced or jailed or even put to death, then we have “brainwashed” people.

Have you heard many people calling for the silencing, jailing or killing of “anti-vaxxers,” of “climate change deniers,” or of others who speak up against the propaganda?

Many in the news media are so bad, they merely repeat word for word the propaganda of government officials, such as the CDC, college professors getting government grants to “study” the climate, the FBI, DHS, the Pentacon and so on, without any fact-checking or doing any actual investigative research. The media fake newsers just take the “authorities” word for it. “Good enough for me,” they say.

Another example: after 9/11 the news every day was Muslim, Muslim, Muslim, Osama bin Laden, Iraq, Saddam Hussein, over and over and over, every day for months, and continuing for YEARS! Nothing about Saudi Arabia. Hmmm, I wonder why THAT was?

And when people actually pointed out that the U.S. government had been bombing Iraq and other parts over there especially for the 10 years before 9/11, since H.W. Bush started his war of aggression on Iraq, those who brought that up were called apologists for terrorists, enablers, “blaming America,” and all that.

So yes, especially after 9/11 we had a lot of brainwashed sheeple supporting the wars of aggression by the U.S. military against Iraq and Afghanistan because they believed all the propaganda coming from the news media who mainly repeat word for word whatever Bush Jr. and Dick Cheney told them.

And the news media when discussing vaccines never mention all the vaccine injury cases and the fact that the feds have paid out $4 billion in compensation payments, and other facts about vaccines. They merely repeat word for word what the CDC says. “Never question authority” is the motto of those unthinking slaves in the news media. (Except Sharyl Attkisson, of course.)

And on the climate change stuff, do the masses really understand that the climate has been changing, with warming periods and ice ages, for hundreds of millions of years now? They repeat the “97% of climate scientists agree….” mantra even though it is a myth. The hypnotized ones use arguments based on fraudulent and skewed testing. The brainwashed sheeple have been useful idiots for the corrupt Al Goreans and the Ed Markeys whose main goal isn’t preventing the climate from changing (which is impossible) but higher taxes and more and more government theft of the workers and producers of society. It’s just a ruse to steal more from the people.

So, yes I refer to people as “brainwashed,” in the nationalist flag-worship stuff, the vaccine worship stuff, and the left’s race-obsession and “social justice” stuff. If the shoe fits…

As we have seen from the censorship campaigns all over the world now, including in the U.S. and the persecution of WikiLeaks and the attempted silencing of truth-tellers especially those who expose government abuses and criminality, I want to get as much out there as possible, before the Internet becomes regulated i.e. impossible to tell the truth about those who need to be exposed. Sorry if people don’t like being called “brainwashed.”

Are You a Brainwashed Vaccine Sheeple?

I’ve recently written about how “brainwashed” many people are in our society. The nationalists who suffer from cognitive dissonance about the “unalienable rights” of the Declaration of Independence” while at the same time rationalizing the U.S. government’s bombings and mass murders of millions over the past 70+ years, as well as rationalizing their support for authoritarian policies like the drug war and the war on immigrants. They are like trying to force a square peg into a round hole in their brainwashed worship of their distorted view of “America” totally different from what the Founders envisioned.

And then I made reference to the people on the left with their brainwashed race obsession, their needing to let violent criminals get away with their violent crimes, and the leftist Big Tech and social media companies and other corporate entities censoring certain points of view such as conservatives, and based on ignorance and misinformation (because those corporate SJWs are brainwashed!).

But now there’s an article about a mother who could see for her own eyes her little child’s terrible reaction later the same day of his vaccine shots. Just look at all the brainwashed denial of vaccine injury among medical “professionals,” teachers and social workers, and the rest of the people the lady had to deal with.

First, they were telling her that the boy had “autism,” and that vaccines don’t cause autism, whereas what she is saying is that the boy’s “medical symptoms were precisely what the vaccine side effects stated: encephalopathy, inflammation, immunological dysfunction, and seizures.” So the little boy experienced vaccine injury! But brainwashed sheeple who worship Big Pharma don’t want to or can’t admit that.

And she goes on to detail her ordeal with trying to file a vaccine adverse reaction report, she says, “My relentless journey to simply expose the reality of vaccine injury has been one obvious strategic plan.”

That’s because we have a society of brainwashed zombies, in denial of these facts of vaccines and other pharmaceutical poisons, just like the brainwashed climate fanatics and other kinds of brainwashing now.

People just don’t understand the stranglehold that the pharmaceutical companies have over the medical profession and the media. The establishment medical profession, that is. People throughout the society have been inundated with infomercials and “news” stories on this or that vaccine or pharmaceutical drug, with discussions and analysis by “expert” consultants (paid by Merck, Glaxo, Pfizer, etc, etc., of course). This has been going on for decades. Many doctors and Big Pharma employees have gotten rich by spreading misinformation, lies and propaganda.

But if you want to believe that vaccines don’t cause injuries or cognitive and neurological issues, then you go right ahead. That’s up to you.

And also, I would like to post an article by Jon Rappoport, who says his WordPress blog is still down and he’s trying to find a different place, I think. But he wrote most recently about vaccine damage done to children, whose brains are still in a very critical early stage of development.

He writes:

To be sure, there are MANY children who are severely damaged. No one is denying that. But why call it autism, if this pretense of a definition is all they have?

For example, for the children who are neurologically damaged by vaccines, call it what it is: VACCINE DAMAGE. That’s clear. It points directly to a cause. And we know that vaccines contain highly toxic metals. Aluminum, for example. Mercury, another poison, hasn’t been totally eliminated from some vaccines. There are other chemicals in vaccines, such as formaldehyde, which are toxic.

Obviously, using the label, autism, covers up the fact that vaccines have been doing great damage to children. Using the term autism obscures the fact that vaccine manufacturers are criminally liable, and potentially on the hook for hundreds of billions of dollars in law suits.

Shame on the medical profession for their obedient enslavement to the pharmaceutical industry and their brainwashed spreading of misinformation and compromising the health of their patients.

Now, I know a lot of people don’t like to be called “brainwashed,” but if the shoe fits…(maybe try to get yourself deprogrammed?)

America the Brainwashed

In my rant of the other day on Donald Trump’s clownish show of authoritarianism and military worship on “Independence” (sic) Day, I made references to today’s conservative talk radio personalities and their love of government authority and devotion to a flag and how they are not much different from the ones on the left with their own fanaticism and fetishes.

I am sure a lot of people would never believe they are actually brainwashed in their views, but I am tired of being polite, so I could say they are “conditioned” to believe things or are indoctrinated, which are both true. But the word “brainwashed” applies, I think, to many people now.

For example, there are the many people who have been fooled and bamboozled by the medical establishment and mainstream media’s hysterical promotion of vaccines as the saviors that end or prevent diseases and suffering.

Well, it turns out that some vaccines have caused people problems, to say the least. That is why the feds have paid out over $4 billion in compensation to vaccine-injured families. So  “brainwashed” is when people refer to vaccine skeptics and victims as “anti-vaxxers” and accuse the skeptics or non-vaccinated of being “dangerous,” an accusation thoroughly based on ignorance and false beliefs.

But many skeptics base their own opposition to vaccines, or some vaccines, on their own experiences such as with their kids. They are “ex-vaxxers.” Jon Rappoport discussed how mothers know when their kids suddenly have severe medical issues after being given a vaccine. (And check out all the links. That’s on the Wayback Machine, because the censors at WordPress took down his blog.)

But people who are brainwashed, by many years of indoctrination to be faithful in establishment medicine, will be like the example given in this article by Bretigne Shaffer. They will not listen to those who point out that many of the measles patients had already been vaccinated, and that vaccines themselves have caused measles. And they will not care if the truth is that the flu vaccine has very little effectiveness.

And the brainwashed ones will not care in the least that measles is not that serious a disease, and not at all worth al the hysteria.

But reason and rationality are not their thing. No, their thing is hysteria. Brainwashed hysteria.

I am sure that some vaccines have helped in prevention. But the key to prevention is being well-nourished. Nutrition is most important. (But sadly, many people are malnourished.)

And it’s not just the kids, who are now assaulted and poisoned with multiple vaccines many times throughout their childhood, and whose neurological health is affected by vaccines. Adults, too, are affected, especially the elderly.

And it’s not just vaccines but any drugs or medical chemicals such as pharmaceuticals, as well as artificial food additives, with synthetic ingredients that can negatively affect one’s neurological health (and one’s heart health, and one’s muscles, bones and joints, and on and on…).

But the brainwashed ones don’t care about those things. They have their magical elixirs to make them feel immune from disease, and they have their junk foods and fast foods, so they’re good. But hysterical brainwashed sheeple want to throw the “anti-vaxxers” in jail, even give them the death penalty.

And I’ll probably offend more people with this, but another category of brainwashing is the nationalism stuff, as I mentioned the other day. The nationalists, like the talk radio crowd and the Deal Leader himself, Donald Trump, really believe the myths about “America,” the “Exceptionalism” stuff with all the arrogance and delusions of grandeur, how great the military is and how the American flag must not be “desecrated.” You would have to be brainwashed to believe all that stuff.

But one thing’s for sure, there is a conflict between the freedom that was promoted at the early years of America, and the kind of authoritarian government-worship and mysticism that today’s nationalists believe in and have a heavily-indoctrinated obedient blind faith in. They certainly don’t believe in actual freedom, only the rhetorical, meaningless kind.

The nationalists are like the ones on the left who call people “deniers,” because of their brainwashed beliefs in “man-caused global warming and climate change.” Their mantra is “97% of climate scientists” and calling for the jailing of the “deniers,” just like the anti-“anti-vaxxers.”

While the kids went through heavy Al Gore “Inconvenient Truth” brainwashing during the 2000s and now, people continue with their climate brainwashing by staring into the television for hours a day, and being zombiefied with their hours of phone-staring and social media that isn’t very social.

But I digress. I was talking about the nationalists. If the conservative talk radio crowd are so “pro-life,” then why do they never criticize the U.S. government’s criminal atrocities overseas, murdering millions of innocents? Millions of North Koreans, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotians, Iraqis, Afghans, Syrians, Yemenis, and more. I heard Dennis Prager, “Mr. Authoritarian,” defend the U.S. military’s invasion and bombing of Vietnam maybe a year ago.

But you see, “We” are an “Exceptional” nation, a “City upon a Hill,” and all that. I guess 12 years of government schooling or government-controlled “private” schooling, standing for the Pledge of Obedience every day, and you get a lot of State-worship brainwashing and rationalization of government criminality.

So the “moral values” conservatives also never say anything about the government theft of private property that is the income tax. In fact, the brainwashed ones rationalize that theft, as long as the Almighty State does it. Then it’s okay. And they believe VERY strongly in government confiscation of private wealth and redistributionism and Welfare Statism when it comes to Socialist Security and Medicare. They LOVE those things.

They also want the government to continue its control over the education system. They never say anything about ABOLISHING it! They don’t seem to ask, “Why the hell does the government, which ruins everything, run the education system??!” But noooo, “as long as the right people are in charge” (like Betsy DeVos! Doh!) and all that kind of brainwashed nonsense.

They also defend the war on drugs, but not a war on booze because they gotta have their booze! Total cognitive dissonance there.

Because the nationalists are brainwashed, they would never consider decentralizing the U.S., which is too big to be one single country, as I’ve said before. No. Way.

When they say they “love America,” they love the centralized regime in Washington. THAT is what “America” is, not the fantasy mythological made-up stuff the nationalists constantly prattle on and on about. (Have you ever heard anything as puke-worthy as “Rush Revere”?)

And the America with actual freedom that the Founders envisioned is not what we have now, and have never had here. At least with a full “Brexit” here, a full decentralization and ousting Washington, D.C from our lives forever, we stand a chance of restoring a lot of our freedom that has been lost or had never been realized.

Trump Was “Concerned” About Bombing Iran and Killing Civilians

Donald Trump said that he called off the bombing of Iran just minutes before it was to occur because he was concerned about causing civilian deaths, that he was told would be about “150.” The bombing was to be in response to Iran shooting down the U.S. spy drone.

He’s either very dumb, or really confused, or just a liar (or all of the above). As soon as Trump was inaugurated President of the United State, he immediately began authorizing more drone strikes abroad, most of which killed innocent civilians. So it was over 100 civilians in his first few days as President.

In just the first two months of Trump’s presidency, the drone strikes that kill mostly innocent civilians escalated by 432% more than Obomber’s Obama’s drone strikes. (See U.S. airstrike kills family of eight, U.S. drone strike kills three civilians and four “suspects,” and Trump has killed beautiful babies in four countries.)

But now, in 2+ years Trump’s civilian death toll is in the thousands.

So, Trump’s claim that he was concerned about killing civilians is just not believable. I think he called off the bombing because it was clear that the Iranians were right to shoot down the U.S. drone and that it was flying over Iranian air space.

But now, Mr. “Concerned” is attacking Iran’s computer systems and will increase sanctions against Iran. Government-imposed sanctions are an attack on the civilian population, not their government or rulers.