A U.S. drone strike in Yemen Thursday was aimed at killing Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical cleric who is suspected of orchestrating terrorist attacks on the U.S, but the missile missed its target, according to Yemeni and U.S. officials.
The drone strike comes less than a week after a U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden at a compound in Pakistan. Had the drone strike in Yemen been successful, the U.S. would have killed two of the top three most-wanted terrorists in a single week.
A liberal democrat president campaigned on ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and bringing the troops home “first thing”. Since then, 30k more troops have gone to Afghanistan and drone strikes in countries we haven’t even declared war with have tripled under his administration. To top it all off, this same liberal democrat is signing off on targeted killings of American citizens without due process.
Get your facts right before you start calling him a liar. President Obama said often during the campaign that he would refocus our efforts in Afghanistan.
On July 20, 2008, then-Senator Obama spoke with CBS’ Lara Logan and discussed his plans for Iraq and Afghanistan. Here are some quotes:
“For at least a year now, I have called for two additional brigades, perhaps three. I think it’s very important that we unify command more effectively to coordinate our military activities. But military alone is not going to be enough.
The Afghan government needs to do more. But we have to understand that the situation is precarious and urgent here in Afghanistan. And I believe this has to be our central focus, the central front, on our battle against terrorism.
And despite what the Bush Administration has argued, I don’t think there’s any doubt that we were distracted from our efforts not only to hunt down al-Qaeda and the Taliban, but also to rebuild this country so that people have confidence that we were to here to stay over the long haul, that we were going to rebuild roads, provide electricity, improve the quality of life for people. And now we have a chance, I think, to correct some of those areas.
There’s starting to be a broad consensus that it’s time for us to withdraw some of our combat troops out of Iraq, deploy them here in Afghanistan. And I think we have to seize that opportunity. Now’s the time for us to do it.
He even discusses his plans regarding Pakistan:
What I’ve said is that if we had actionable intelligence against high-value al-Qaeda targets, and the Pakistani government was unwilling to go after those targets, that we should. My hope is that it doesn’t come to that - that in fact, the Pakistan government would recognize that if we had Osama bin Laden in our sights that we should fire or we should capture him.
Here’s then-Senator Obama’s plan for Afghanistan and Pakistan, in which he calls for two additional brigades to be sent to Afghanistan, that is, 7,000 troops.
Seems to me he’s doing exactly what he said he would. And when and where did he sign off on killing American citizens without due process? Provide some evidence for your claims. Oh, what’s that? You can’t? Because it’s not true? Then stop lying.
Kind of sucks when facts get in the way of your ranting, doesn’t it?