The title is
Kill Chain - The Rise of The High-Tech
Assassins. The title could just as well be: How the
U.S. Government and U.S. Military Became Murder, Inc.
The main victims of the U.S.
assassination policy are women, children, village
elders, weddings, funerals, and occasionally
U.S. soldiers mistaken for Taliban by U.S. surveillance operating
with the visual acuity of the definition of legal blindness.
Cockburn shows that the "all-seeing" drone surveillance system is an operational failure but is supported by defense contractors because of its high profitability and by the military brass because general officers, with the exception of General Paul Van Riper, are brainwashed in the belief that the revolution in military affairs means that high-tech devices replace the human element.
Cockburn demonstrates that this belief is immune to all evidence to the contrary.
The U.S. military has now reached the point that Secretary of Defense (Charles Timothy) Hagel deactivated both the A-10 close support fighter and the U-2 spy plane in favor of the operationally failed unmanned Global Hawk System.
With the A-10 and U-2 went the last
platforms for providing a human eye on what is happening on the
Consequently, the drone technology concluded that a mountain top was free of enemy and sent a detachment of unsuspecting SEALS to be shot up. Still insisting no enemy present, a second group of SEALS were sent to be shot up, and then a detachment of Army Rangers.
Finally, an A-10 pilot flew over the
scene and reported the enemy's presence in force.
The Air Force admitted that the 50-year
old U-2 could fly higher and in bad weather and take better pictures
than the expensive Global Hawk System and declared the Global Hawk
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress that in addition to the system's unacceptable failure rate, the drone system,
As Cockburn reports:
Cockburn provides numerous examples of the utter failure of the unmanned revolution ushered in by unrealistic dreamers, such as,
...who have done much harm to the U.S. military and American taxpayers.
The failure stories are legion and sad.
Almost always the victims are the innocent going about their
This collection of ordinary people, represented on screens by vague images, was willfully mistaken, as the reproduced conversations between drone operators and assassins show, for a senior Taliban commander leading forces to attack a U.S. Special Forces patrol.
The innocent civilians were blown to
Remember that the Israelis denounce
terrorists for exploding suicide vests inside Israeli restaurants.
What the U.S. military does is even worse.
Generally, the U.S. will not admit the
deaths of non-Targets, and some U.S. officials have declared there
to be no such deaths. Blatant and obvious lies issue without shame
in order to protect the "operationally ineffective" and very
expensive high-tech production runs that mean billions of taxpayer
dollars for the military/security complex and comfortable 7-figure
employment salaries with contractors after retirement for the
But Cockburn's book is not without humor. He tells the story of Marine Lt. General Paul Van Riper, the scourge of the Unmanned Revolution in Military affairs, who repeatedly expressed contempt for the scientifically unsupported theories of unmanned war.
To humiliate Gen. Riper with a defeat in
a massive war game as leader of the enemy Red force against the
high-tech American Blue force, he was called out of retirement to
participate in a war game stacked against him.
The 21st century U.S.
high-tech, effects-based military was locked into a preset vision
and was beaten hands down by a maverick Marine general with inferior
Riper was not allowed to shoot down the Blue force's troop transports. Riper was ordered to turn on all of the Red force's radars so that the Red forces could be easily located and destroyed. Umpires ruled, despite the facts, that all of Ripper's missile strikes were intercepted.
Victory was declared for high-tech war.
Riper's report on the total defeat of the Blue force, its
unwarranted resurrection, and the rigged outcome was promptly
classified so that no one could read it.
Every time high-tech killing murders a village gathering, a wedding or funeral, or villagers on the way to the capital, which is often, the U.S. creates hundreds more enemies.
This is why after 14 years of killing in Afghanistan, the Taliban now control most of the country. This is why Islamist warriors have carved a new country out of Syria and Iraq despite eight years of American sacrifice in Iraq estimated by Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes to have cost Americans a minimum of $3 trillion.
The total failure of the American way of
war is obvious to all, but the system rolls on autonomously.
The humiliation of this defeat will
cause Washington to take the war nuclear.