George Bush, a bit more squeamish than Obama, never did that; but Mr. Obama felt those decisions were the president’s responsibility: he want[s] to keep his own finger on the trigger,” according to one report.A tidy, scheduled man, the President only picks his victims once a week, now called “Terror Tuesday
On October 14, 2011, in Shabwah province, Yemen, Abdul, went out with his cousins and friends for a good old US-style barbecue, when Obama’s drone fired a rocket, blowing the teenager to pieces…
Obama’s minions tried to cover up the hit on the teenagers. Attorney General Eric Holder informed Congress of the killings by writing that U.S. drones had blown up Anwar al-Awlaki, the crazy cleric and three other Americans who “were not specifically targeted.”
Holder’s comment makes it seem that Awlaki’s son was blown up with him—a sad case of ‘collateral damage.’
But are you ready for this? The teenager—along with his cousin and friends—was killed two weeks after and hundreds of miles away from the site where rockets killed his father…
I am convinced the hit on al-Awlaki’s son was meant to teach a lesson, If you want to be a martyr, we’ll make your son and your mom and daughter martyrs too.
Such terror-for-terror can be, I’ll admit, quite effective. During the Ronald Reagan years, that gutless faux-cowboy President sent weapons to Ayatollah Khomeini in return for the release of hostages taken by Hezbollah. The Russians got their hostages home another way. The USSR didn’t accept an arms-for-hostage deal. Rather, the KGB systematically assassinated the hostage-takers’ cousins, mothers and brothers one by one—until Hezbollah released all the Russian hostages.
The narrative, particularly strong on the various forms of the ‘right’, portrays Obama as a disengaged (seen as a positive), perhaps, lightweight, a product of his managers. Even the most frustrated paleo noted that George W. would mock the “neocons” Kristol and Krauthammer, by calling them the Bomber Boys.
Obama is something new; I am not sure what. I know Presidents in the past have made Executive Decisions (e.g. Diem in Vietnam), but this, this is something new as it’s quasi legal, does not involve the elimination of Executives and in this case, Anwar al-Awlaki, had been invited to the Pentagon in the months after 9/11, and apparently, this is a weekly event.
The Italian (or Sicilian) Mafia was able to provide a certain order (at least according to myth) by agreeing that families were off limits. It was the arrival of the Russian Mob to Brighton Beach (thank you, Senator Scoop Jackson, arch neocon!) in alliance with NY Politicos (looking at you Guiliani, Schumer and D’Amato) that did in the Italians, and allowed the rise of the Russian Mob, and the death of the ‘family off limits’ ethic.
Anyway, read the article.
Geto Boys, D-mn it Feels Good to be a Gangster (a worthwhile “rap” video from 1992–linking to the relatively clean version)