The weekend raid by SEAL Team 6 against the home of a suspected al-Qaeda collaborator in Yemen is facing mounting criticism both domestically and internationally, as even the Pentagon concedes that there were civilians deaths in the attack, which ended up destroying nearly an entire village.
The same raid had reportedly been proposed to the Obama Administration and they deferred to Trump. The Pentagon was keen to do the raid on a moonless night to have the element of surprise, but the large US drone presence over the village tipped off the raid long before ground troops arrived and gave locals a chance to organize substantial resistance.
On Sunday, the Pentagon had claimed 14 “al-Qaeda combatants” killed and no civilians in the fight, though later officials reported anonymously that they believed at least 15 women and children were also killed. Local officials have put the overall death toll around 57, and among the children slain was an eight-year-old American girl, the daughter of US-born cleric Anwar Awlaki.
"Hey, killing innocent women and children is cool; hell, our compadres in this fight, the Saudi Military, do it every day!!" - official Trump White House Souse.
And I apologise for the horrifically graphic images I have chosen to accompany this story, but it is the design intent here, that once you see these, you cannot unsee them, to truly understand the magnitude of the moral evils of this horrific war against the Yemeni people.
It deeply concerns me that the US government has been a proud partner in war crimes, from the moment it decided to aid and abet Saudi war crimes in Yemen, and into President Trump's presidency.
And as a Christian Pacifist activist, who never advocates violence, throughout all of this, my job is to watch; witness; analyze; and get the facts as straight as I possibly can.