Four Democratic congresswomen introduced a bill to condemn racism in government in the 20 years since 9/11 Friday. The proposal also outlined relief for victims of racism by the government. The group of four sought to acknowledge and make amends for the government’s “hate, discrimination, racism, and xenophobia that Arab, Muslim, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Sikh communities across America” faced since 9/11.
The legislators include Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Judy Chu (D-CA). Their press release announcing the bill also noted that the FBI and “immigration authorities arrested and detained as many as 1,200 Muslims immediately after the September 11 attack, and none of these ‘special interest’ detained people were ultimately indicted for terrorist activity.”
Don’t stop there, delegates. The racism of the U.S. government against non-white people didn’t end with the Republican Bush Administration, even though most of the examples given in the press release are from before 2008. The horror story of U.S. government racism continued well past the eight years Trotskyites from the left had taken the reins of the GOP, leading it along the leftist path of imperialism like the progressives a century ago.
It continued and worsened to a fever pitch through all eight years of Barack Obama’s administration. During this time, troop levels in Afghanistan surged to over twice their levels under George W. Bush. And the Obama Administration quietly redefined enemy combatant to mean any military-aged male in a strike zone.
In other words, the new absurdly and horrifically Orwellian/Hellerian (Catch 22) definition of enemy combatant became essentially, if the U.S. killed you, then you were any combatant. It no doubt conceals the actual number of civilians killed by U.S. sorties, and therefore undoubtedly creates a moral hazard, encouraging the DOD to make more risky decisions to engage, leaving more civilians dead at the hands of the U.S. airstrikes, often by drone.
Whether that is the intended result of the policy may be up for doubt, but it’s not like Obama or any of these guys who write these policy documents are stupid.
The relentless two decades of U.S. warfare prosecuting the Global War on Terror also rhetorically downgraded to “Overseas Contingency Operation” by President Obama, while he massively dialed up the firepower and workforce Washington was deploying around the world in the Middle East and Africa, cutting corners with American and international law every step of the way has left hundreds of thousands to millions dead in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere in Asia and Africa.
Now, I’m no statistician, but those victims were not white. And perhaps only Barack Obama, the half-black, half-white Harvard Constitutional law professor, could have gotten away with marshaling a majority white nation that is awkwardly ashamed of slavery and segregation to mass slaughter that many brown-bodied poor people in the third world.
As a Senator, Joe Biden voted in favor of the Iraq war. He presided over Obama’s expansion of the battle for eight years. These wars were a white supremacist thing the U.S. government has done in living memory.
They were the wealthiest, most powerful nation globally, a white majority nation, beating the poorest, non-white people in the world to a pulp for twenty years. And it was President Donald Trump who campaigned on ending these wars and negotiated peace to finish them as promised.