West, who has consistently criticized the president over the years for his social and economic policies, called Obama a “war criminal” for his administration’s drone policies in the Middle East.
The decision to have drones, which the administration says minimizes the amount of American lives lost overseas, was lambasted by West and Smiley who called it inhumane.
“I think, my dear brother, the chickens are coming home to roost,” West told Smiley. “We’ve been talking about this for a good while, the immorality of drones, dropping bombs on innocent people. It’s been over 200 children so far. These are war crimes.”
Criticism surrounding Obama’s drone wars has been a constant struggle for his administration. According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, there have been six times the number of drones in Pakistan under the Obama administration than the Bush administration.