Despite Promises of Transparency, White House Not Talking on Drone Strike

Carney Insists Obama's Previous Speech Was the Transparency

President Obama’s recent speech promising more transparency on the US drone strike program hasn’t amounted to much today, when the first drone strike since the speech killed seven in Pakistan, and the White House did what it always does, declined specific comment.

White House spokesman Jay Carney insisted that the promise of transparency had been fulfilled by delivering the speech in which the promise was made itself, and then went on insist that they would not comment on specific anti-terrorism operations.

The only comment that even hinted at a pretext for the attack was Carney reiterating President Obama’s comment that the US was obliged to continue operations in and around Afghanistan during the NATO occupation.

Carney did address the report of Wali-ur Rehman’s death however, saying it would weaken the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) but adding that they weren’t in a position to confirm it. The TTP has denied the reports, saying Rehman’s death was, as in the past, greatly exaggerated.


Author: Jason Ditz

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