In a speech in early August, President Barack Obama addressed the United States’ Government behavior in Iraq and Afghanistan in response to the 9/11 aftermath.
“I was very clear that in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we did some things that were wrong,” he said. “We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values.”
The nonchalant nature of President Obama’s language is astounding. Speaking of horrific behavior that our government engaged in, Obama used wording that could have been used to speak of a fight between six and four year old siblings. I believe that this nonchalant nature is telling of greater dehumanization of people in foreign nations, who are often bombed as political tactics and the humanity of the people behind the drone is rarely considered. The ease with mass destruction these days is petrifying, as we now have the ability to program a computer to send death machines across the entire planet, completely removing the pain and confusion of needing to see your target killed.