Congresswomen Ilhan Omar(D-MN) has told Democrats, stop only blaming President Trump for the condition of the country and that former President Obama holds some responsibility too. According to an article published by Politico Magazine, Rep.Ilhan Omar stated, “Trump policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies, they just were just more polished than he was,” Omar said. She was referring to drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, and Yemen.
The Bureau of Of Investigative Journalism reported that it has been estimated that there have been 6,786 drone attacks to date. The campaign to use UAVs by the US military was in response to jihadist militants and terrorists who are believed to be behind terror attacks worldwide.
In the effort to damage the militants, many non-combatant civilians have been killed or injured during missions. Militants and terrorists on many occasions have been known to hide and blend in with civilians resulting in collateral damage. They have caused destruction in their paths and helped create massive refugee issues in many countries.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) which are also known as drones are remote-controlled unmanned aircraft. UAVs were invented by Reginald Denny who was from the United Kingdom. Denny who was originally an actor joined the British Royal Flying Corps and became fascinated with remote control airplanes and created the first remote-controlled aircraft.
The first country to use military drone technology was Israel after the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. The Israeli drones were equipped with sensors for surveillance and radars to monitor activity. The US Military began using armed drones in 2000 after the September 11 attacks. The first attack occurred in Afghanistan in an attempt to target Osama bin Laden under former President G. W. Bush. Drone attacks increased after former President Obama took office.
According to Fortune Magazine, President Trump as of March 6, 2019, has nullified Obama’s Executive Order 13732. Obama’s Executive Order allowed for transparency on drone attacks. Obama’s policy included that U.S. intelligence officials to inform the public about the number of casualties that have occurred during drone attacks, to acknowledge U.S. responsibility and money to victims for their injuries and for the deaths of family members.
Since being elected into congress Omar has brought controversy and some changes into the house. She is not afraid of speaking up and has faced both criticism and support from both the Democratic and Republican parties over her statements about a pro-Israel lobby and has been accused of anti-semitism. Omar explained on Twitter that she should not be made to support another country in order to serve in the US Congress. She was elected to serve the people who elected her into Congress.
Due to her accusation, the House of Representatives passed an anti-hate measure which condemned anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and any type of racism and bigotry. According to The Hill, the resolution passed of a vote of 407-23. The only party the did not support the new resolution were 23 Republicans. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, during a press conference, explained the new measure was not because of Omar’s past statements but to stop these types of hatred from occurring.
Rep. Liz Cheney has spoken out against the Democrats and Republicans for not directly singling out Omar for her statements. During an interview with Meet the Press Cheney believes that the House is trying to protect Ilhan Omar. Cheney believes that if the house won’t condemn they are allowing it. Cheney is one out the 23 who objected to the new measure.
The Minnesota Congresswoman is the first naturalized Somali American ever elected to legislative office in the United States and was sworn in on the Quran. She is one of the first two women Muslim to take a seat. She is also the first person who changed a 181-years ban on headwear of any type in the chamber and was allowed to wear hijab on her head out of respect for her religion of Islam.
OnTwitter Omar stated,” no one puts a scarf on my head but me. It’s my choice—one protected by the first amendment.”
Ilhan Abdullahi Omar was born in 1981 in Baidoa, Somalia. After that start of the Somali Civil War, Omar and her family fled to Kenya and lived in a refugee camp. It wasn’t until 1995 that Omar and her family entered the United States after their application was approved and by 2000, she became a U.S citizen. She credits her father and her grandfather for instilling and the importance of democracy in her growing up.
Ihan Omar quickly earned a bachelor’s degrees in political science and international studies at North Dakota State University and upon graduation received a fellowship at the University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs. On January 3, 2019, she was sworn into Congress and assumed her seat.
Omar’s political views have included supporting immigration, sanctuary cities, affordable housing, debt forgiveness for student loans, protection of DACA, and the abolishment of ICE. She also supports LGBTQIA Rights, the enforcement of environmental laws,