• Quoted by the New York Times Sunday Magazine

    September 13, 2015

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America, Yemen

    al-awalki

    Before he was assassinated by a United States government drone under orders from Obama and in contemptuous disregard for the Bill of Rights, Fifth and Sixth Amendments, Anwar al-Awlaki was an American Citizen.

    I have written a fair amount about his death, one small piece of which was picked up by the New York Times Sunday Magazine:


    You can bomb a thing into oblivion, but you cannot blow up an idea. An idea can only be defeated by another, better idea. So killing al-Awlaki had no more chance of truly silencing him than turning off the radio and hoping the broadcast never exists elsewhere. In an environment where martyrdom is prized, America might begin to turn around its failures first by creating fewer martyrs.



    More on al-Awlaki elsewhere on this blog…



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    • Bruce said...

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      Indeed. That better idea was US, our Declaration and Amended Constitution (for ALL mankind).

      09/13/15 10:04 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Among all the insidious, depraved atrocities that Obama continues to authorize, this one, will haunt his legacy his entire life. No matter how the USG tries to justify this heinous act, they MURDERED not only Anwar al-Awlaki, but his 16yr old son as well. Period. And the entire planet knows it.

      However, of all the people involved and responsible, the person I detest the most is Robert Gibbs, who’s statement regarding the death of al-Awlaki’s son will go down in history as the most craven, callous, and reprehensible statement ever made by a president’s press secretary..

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MwB2znBZ1g

      Had i been there, I’d have slapped him silly.

      09/13/15 11:20 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Critics of the current book Objective Troy say Obama had no option but to kill al Awalki by drone since sending in a team to capture him would not go down well with the Yemeni government. Oh, I get it. This new bootless incursion by a smiting machine at 10K above Yemeni terrain doesn’t really violate a sovereign nation’s territory. Man, I feel better now.

      09/13/15 11:47 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      And hey, how’d that US support for the Yemeni government work out?

      09/13/15 11:49 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      quote”And hey, how’d that US support for the Yemeni government work out?”unquote

      I wish that Yemeni scumbag who conspired with the USG/ Military general to keep a journalist imprisoned, got his head blown off. Can’t remember names anymore, but if memory serves, he was the head honcho of Yemen, and escaped with millions. Please correct me if I’m wrong. Too many scumbags to remember anymore. Also wish that General has a heart attack. ..a painful one.

      09/13/15 1:34 PM | Comment Link

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