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Mass Assassinations Lie at the Heart of America's Military Strategy in the Muslim World
Greatly expanded U.S. military Special Ops teams, U.S. drone strikes and private espionage networks run by former CIA assassins create a threat to our security.
"[General McChrystal says that for every innocent person you kill, you create 10 new enemies ." The truth that many Americans find hard to take is that that mass U.S. assassination on a scale unequaled in world history lies at the heart of America's military strategy in the Muslim world, a policy both illegal and never seriously debated by Congress or the American people.
He was the son of Anwar al-Awlaki, who was also born in America, who was also an American citizen, and who was killed by drone two weeks before his son was, along with another American citizen named Samir Khan. Of course, both Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan were, at the very least, traitors to their country -- they had both gone to Yemen and taken up with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and al-Awlaki had proven himself an expert inciter of those with murderous designs against America and Americans: the rare man of words who could be said to have a body count. When he was killed, on September 30, 2011, President Obama made a speech about it; a few months later, when the Obama administraton's public-relations campaign about its embrace of what has come to be called "targeted killing" reached its climax in a front-page story in the New York Times that presented the President of the United States as the last word in deciding who lives and who dies, he was quoted as saying that the decision to put Anwar al-Awlaki on the kill list -- and then to kill him -- was "an easy one." But Abdulrahman al-Awlaki wasn't on an American kill list.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
I'm as American as Apple Pie and George Washington people. Everyone here who knows me at all knows that first and FOREMOST. However, this is honest to God war crime territory for the commanders who ordered it and then men in those flight sim trailers that sent the missiles into the masses of people.
Originally posted by Agit8dChop
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
Yes, but it wasnt Obama who started that war, and to be honest id much rather a drone be doing the hitting, instead of troops on the ground of men in jets above.
I dont have an issue with drones being used, I have issues when they are used to murder civilians, but this isnt deliberate and, as everyones says some collatoral damage is unfortunate.
But blaming Obama is like blaming truman for the war in Japan. He adopted it, and did what he could to finish it.
Originally posted by sealing
Next presidents will have drones but with the laser
weapon currently attached to AC130's. Soon as that's
miniaturized, look out.edit on 4-1-2013 by sealing because: more