An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
One morning in late September 2011, a group of American drones took off from an airstrip the C.I.A. had built in the remote southern expanse of Saudi Arabia. The drones crossed the border into Yemen, and were soon hovering over a group of trucks clustered in a desert patch of Jawf Province, a region of the impoverished country once renowned for breeding Arabian horses.
A group of men who had just finished breakfast scrambled to get to their trucks. One was Anwar al-Awlaki, the firebrand preacher, born in New Mexico, who had evolved from a peddler of Internet hatred to a senior operative in Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen. Another was Samir Khan, another American citizen who had moved to Yemen from North Carolina and was the creative force behind Inspire, the militant group’s English-language Internet magazine.
Two of the Predator drones pointed lasers on the trucks to pinpoint the targets, while the larger Reapers took aim. The Reaper pilots, operating their planes from thousands of miles away, readied for the missile shots, and fired.
The decision to fire those missiles lies solely with the POTUS. He has the final say in when those drones fire. These men who were killed, were an imminent danger to the U.S. Anwar al-Awlaki was an American citizen, but when he plotted against the U.S.to murder innocent people, IMHO, he lost the right and privileges of a citizen. Dead terrorists are NOT a bad thing!
As Mr. Awlaki had become one of the world’s most hunted terrorists, his 16-year-old son Abdulrahman had lived the life of a normal adolescent. He liked sports and music and kept his Facebook page regularly updated. But now he sneaked out of the family home in Sana, Yemen’s capital, leaving an apologetic note for his mother saying that he had gone to find his father.
Honestly, I don’t see how the boy could have “lived the life of a normal adolescent.” If your father is a hunted terrorist, normal wouldn’t be exactly the word I’d use.
Then, on Oct. 14, a missile apparently intended for an Egyptian Qaeda operative, Ibrahim al-Banna, hit a modest outdoor eating place in Shabwa. The intelligence was bad: Mr. Banna was not there, and among about a dozen men killed was the young Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who had no connection to terrorism and would never have been deliberately targeted.
The assumption that the boy had no connection to terrorism isn’t quite accurate. His father preached hatred, so wouldn’t he have been influenced by him? However, he had not, to anyone’s knowledge, committed any acts of terror, nor had planned any such acts.
It was a tragic error and, for the Obama administration, a public relations disaster, further muddying the moral clarity of the previous strike on his father and fueling skepticism about American assertions of drones’ surgical precision. The damage was only compounded when anonymous officials at first gave the younger Mr. Awlaki’s age as 21, prompting his grieving family to make public his birth certificate.
Well, it wouldn’t be the first ‘public relations disaster’ the Obama administration has had to deal with, but unfortunately, he just ignores them, and the media backs him up by not investigating and reporting, which is their intended job. (useless as teats on a boar)
He had been born in Denver, said the certificate from the Colorado health department. In the United States, at the time his government’s missile killed him, the teenager would have just reached driving age.
If the boy lived in the U.S., yes he would be eligible to get his driver’s license. However, since he didn’t, who knows what age he would have to be in Yemen to drive. I tried to find that information, but it doesn’t seem available. The NYT didn’t reiterate this fact. His father lied about where he was born, are we sure this boy was born in Colorado? Either way, killing him was NOT a good idea. What’s to stop this administration from saying “OOOOPS!” and killing Americans on U.S. soil?
H/T: Frank and Gateway Pundit