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Clare Daly, Irish Politician, slams Obama as 'War Criminal' in Parliament

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Irish politician Clare Daly slammed President Barack Obama as a "war criminal" and "hypocrite of the century" in a blistering speech before Parliament Wednesday, following the conclusion of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland. Daly, an independent member of Parliament (ID) representing Dublin North, chastised Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny for embracing Obama, telling the Taoiseach he had "turned a blind eye" to the U.S. policy toward Syria and the use of targeted drone strikes. "Is this person going for the hypocrite of the century award?" Daly asked of Obama. "Because we have to call things by their right names, and the reality is that by any serious examination, this man is a war criminal." "This is the man who has facilitated a 200 percent increase in the use of drones, which have killed thousands of people including hundreds of children," she added. The comments were reflective of how global opinion of Obama has shifted on account of his drone policy. European countries have mostly remained favorable toward the president, but opinion in the United Kingdom has been somewhat divided. Daly was especially incensed by Obama's speech on the Northern Ireland peace process, which she found to be in contrast with his own record on establishing peace in other parts of the world. There isn't much peace in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Pakistan, and "there certainly isn't much peace" in Syria, she said. Daly was also critical of the Obama administration's decision to supply arms to the Syrian opposition, which she said included "jihadists fueling destabilization of that region."