While you would think that the pre-requisite for winning the Nobel Peace Prize would be to actually be, you know, peaceful, that isn’t the case. According to an estimate obtained by Micah Zenko, a senior adviser at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), President Barack Obama dropped over 26,000 bombs just last year.
Syria topped the list at 12,192 bombs, and Iraq came in at a close second by receiving 12,095 bombs. The entire total came to a whopping 26,171 bombs in seven nations in 2016.
Zenko noted that these estimates were actually a bit conservative due evidence that the numbers are actually possibly higher in reality.
“In President Obama’s last year in office, the United States dropped 26,171 bombs in seven countries. This estimate is undoubtedly low, considering reliable data is only available for airstrikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya, and a single “strike,” according to the Pentagon’s definition, can involve multiple bombs or munitions. In 2016, the United States dropped 3,027 more bombs—and in one more country, Libya—than in 2015.”
He maintains that his figures were lower for 2015.
He estimates that 23,144 bombs were dropped during that year, which is around 3,000 less than his totals for 2016. The numbers indicate the possibility of Obama’s war hunger growing as his technology in weaponry has advanced. However, despite the differences in numbers, the targets mainly remained the same as the majority of the bombs dropped in 2015 (22,100) were dropped in Iraq and Syria.