This part is on C&L–
At the Pentagon, Garlasco was chief of high value targeting at the start of the Iraq war. He told 60 Minutes his team was authorized to kill a set number of civilians around high-value targets — targets like Saddam Hussein and his leadership.
“Our number was 30. So, for example, Saddam Hussein. If you’re gonna kill up to 29 people in a strike against Saddam Hussein, that’s not a problem,” Garlasco explains. “But once you hit that number 30, we actually had to go to either President Bush, or Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld.”
Garlasco says, before the invasion of Iraq, he recommended 50 air strikes aimed at high-value targets — Iraqi officials.But he says none of the targets on the list were actually killed. Instead, he says, “a couple of hundred civilians at least” were killed.
But the a few lines down in the transcript from ’60 minutes’ a corporate tv news show-
Of course the Taliban are killing civilians too, targeting them deliberately. By contrast, 60 Minutes watched American airmen calculate how to minimize civilian casualties with the choice of timing, weapon, and direction of attack.
They still live in denial, proportionality, minimize and woohoo they do all this with a teevee news crew there, ah bless. Utterly delusional, if you know an action will kill civilians and you proceed with it you are deliberately killing them. The legal wriggle room here is ‘targeting’, which I think is not only a lie but ethically irrelevant once the process becomes routine and repeated. It is also a plain war crime. It is also terrorism. Why do you think they are keeping doing it? It is planned, strategised and with malice aforethought. And it did not begin in Iraq, in fact as soon as someone figured you could drop explosives from them new fangled planes it began, 8 seconds later the first lie about targeting only the bad guys was written. But this is a step forward into barbarity, now killing tens of civilians to possibly get one enemy (an enemy because he resists your invading forces) is the low level of propaganda ruse needed. That is a cowardly tyranny that can not easily be forgiven, except millions of patriots don’t even think they are doing anything wrong, that old one.