How the U.S. Conducted the Air War

July 26, 2003

On July 19, the New York Times reported on a recent Pentagon briefing assessing the results of the U.S. air war against Iraq.

The report disclosed that during the war, air commanders were given a blank check to hit any target as long as the estimated number of civilian deaths was less than 30. If more than 30 civilians were expected to be killed, commanders were required to get direct approval from Defense Secretary Rumsfeld. During the war, more than 50 such air strikes were proposed and Rumsfeld approved all of them. Various nongovernmental investigators in both the U.S. and Britain put the number of civilians killed during the air war at between 6,055 and 7,706.

Aren't these deaths the result of premeditated mass murder by U.S. imperialism?