The American-led military coalition in Iraq is investigating reports that as many as 200 civilians were killed in American airstrikes in Mosul, a city in northern Iraq, March 17. If confirmed, the airstrikes will rank among the highest civilian death tolls in an American air mission since the United States went to war in Iraq in 2003.
That airstrike, ordered by President Donald Trump on March 17, is more proof of his incompetence. In recent days, his administration has been mired in scandal after scandal, notably when former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn offered to testify against the Trump administration in exchange for immunity.
One would think the press would be all over the high number of civilian casualties that were suffered in this airstrike, but unfortunately this has gone largely unreported by the mainstream media in the United States.
Ahmed Rashid in an article for the NYR Daily said there is “a dramatic militarization of US policy in the Middle East—one that is occurring largely without the consultation of American allies, and with hardly any public scrutiny. In the case of the war in Yemen and the campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, these developments could have extraordinary consequences for U.S. security and even the stability of the Middle East itself.”
Whatever your approach to handle ISIS, the president’s actions are reckless and innocent civilians getting caught in the crossfire will only further destabilize the region. He has also shown disregard toward our allies and reluctance to work with them.
The media has a responsibility to the American people to inform them what the president is doing and to keep him from acting without impunity. It is clear that Trump is scared of the media’s power and influence, otherwise he would not label them as “fake news” when they fact check and uncover his lies. Now more than ever, the media needs to do its job and keep the American people informed.