posted on Dec, 11 2011 @ 12:24 AM
Personally, I'm a little bit behind on watching these videos and I'm working on catching up but after watching this one, I wanted to comment.
First of all, keep up the good work! If you hadn't been asking the tough questions, that initial clip would've never made it to mainstream news.
This is indicative of your hard work and ability to think on the fly.
The truth here is pretty blatantly that Herman Cain did flip-flop on the issue. It's sort of a moot point right now, given that his campaign is on
hold, but still important to consider heading into the primaries that are just a few weeks away.
What I love about this kind of journalistic approach is that we can always expect the unvarnished truth from ATS. That can't be said for most other
jouralists and news organisations these days. No spin zone, eat your heart out!
That being said, however, my opinion is still that Al-Awlaki should've been taken out. I don't think they waited too long to pull the trigger
either. They were able to locate a high value target and decided to see if it would lead to any other important leads or intel. That's potentially
two months worth of important & actionable intel. We may never know what intel was gathered in this timeframe but I think it was still justified even
if we got nothing.
As far as the missile strike, It may have been overkill. The fact is that once the decision was made to strike, it was swift and decisive. The U.S.
didn't want this guy to have any chance of escaping the missile strike alive. Al-Awlaki surviving would've forever changed the complexion of Al
Qaeda in general. To what extent, we'll never know.
Also, I don't believe this is the first time American citizens were denied due process by the government. The Japanese internment camps of WW II is
a good example, which I still disagree with. But this is possibly the first time an American citizen was killed by the government in this way.
That being said, while a legal argument could definately be made to refute the government's decision to strike Awlaki when the opportunity presented
itself, I believe an equally valid legal argument could be made that we are at War with people who want to kill as many Americans as possible whenever
the opportunity might present itself.
Had Awlaki been "let go" he could've helped hatch & implement new plans. That could also be exactly what he was doing just before they decided to
conduct the missile strike. We may never know.