In response to allegations of excessive civilian casualties, the White House has stated that the strict standards imposed by Obama last year will not be applicable to the current military operations in Syria and Iraq.
According to a White House statement to Yahoo News:
At the same time, however, Hayden said that a much-publicized White House policy that President Obama announced last year barring U.S. drone strikes unless there is a “near certainty” there will be no civilian casualties — “the highest standard we can meet,” he said at the time — does not cover the current U.S. airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.
The “near certainty” standard was intended to apply “only when we take direct action ‘outside areas of active hostilities,’ as we noted at the time,” Hayden said in an email. “That description — outside areas of active hostilities — simply does not fit what we are seeing on the ground in Iraq and Syria right now.”
It must be convenient for the White House to be able to invent their own morality out of thin air, especially when they condemned Israel for doing the exact same thing earlier this year. Of course, the Obama administration has never had much issue with taking civilian life as evidenced by their drone campaign in Pakistan over the last 10 years. This is just one more example of the inconsistency and moral relativism of the State.