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U.S. Drone Strike in Yemen Reportedly Was Aimed at Radical Cleric Seen as Post-Bin Laden Threat
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Posted on 05/06/2011 5:10:07 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

U.S. Drone Strike in Yemen Reportedly Was Aimed at Radical Cleric Seen as Post-Bin Laden Threat

Published May 06, 2011 | The Wall Street Journal

A U.S. drone strike in Yemen on 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, Yemeni and U.S. officials told the Wall Street Journal.

The drone strike comes less than a week after U.S. Navy SEALs killed Usama 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.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alaulaqi; anwaralaulaqi; anwaralawlaki; aulaqi; awlaki; bushdoctrine; denvercell; fallschurchcell; sandiegocell; waronterror; yemen

1 posted on 05/06/2011 5:10:10 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Yemen? When did we start launching drones in Yemen?


2 posted on 05/06/2011 5:11:36 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: johniegrad
That's been reported on for years. First under Booosh.

Although, I'm quite pleased that the Obama murder-a-thon continues, raining death and not water (boards) on the heads of our enemies.

I'm also greatly amused that the sane and humane brigades of Obama worshipers are starting to realize that Mr Peace Prize is a extra-judicial murder-machine wielding thug who has no use for the courts or civilian justice. He can't mistreat prisoners because he takes none.

I happen to agree with Obama on this, but for different reasons. He's killing them out of expediency. He's just too lazy to come up with a way to square his values with his actions, so he's taking the easy way out. So is, indirectly, every soft headed liberal who supports him. Slowly, every so slowly, that fact is starting to register with them.

Wait till they serve Awlaki the JDAM de jour, and his supporters realize that Obama killed a U.S. citizen without so much as a trial.

3 posted on 05/06/2011 5:18:32 PM PDT by Steel Wolf ("There are moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate." - Ibn Warraq)
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To: Sub-Driver

I understand this same facility is used as a baby milk factory when Republicans are President.


4 posted on 05/06/2011 5:19:36 PM PDT by SaveTheChief
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To: SaveTheChief
I understand this same facility is used as a baby milk factory when Republicans are President.

Yesterday, an empty Downs Syndrome school was blown up in Libya.

5 posted on 05/06/2011 5:30:54 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: johniegrad
Yemen? When did we start launching drones in Yemen?

I think 0bummer will step up these attacks (Yemen being the first example), and Special Ops raids, as a means of beefing up his creds in the run up to Nov. 2012 to offset his dismal failures on the domestic front.

6 posted on 05/06/2011 5:37:00 PM PDT by luvbach1 (checked your profile)
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To: Sub-Driver

Did they at least hit his supply of camel flee repellent?


7 posted on 05/06/2011 5:46:28 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Steel Wolf

———He’s just too lazy to come up with a way to square his values with his actions,———

Actually, the way is preplanned. Eric Holder has the plan in his top desk drawer. He’ll pull it out and play hell with the loathed perpetrators when the time comes


8 posted on 05/06/2011 5:57:19 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: bert

He’s in for a rude surprise, then. I know a lot of those drone operators. ;-)


9 posted on 05/06/2011 6:27:56 PM PDT by Steel Wolf ("There are moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate." - Ibn Warraq)
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To: Steel Wolf
There is a sarcastic way to praise Obama over all these killings, I mean, REALLY lay it on hard and thick, and spread it all over liberal sites. Praise him as a merciless killer willing to go outside US law, and see how that sits in the stomachs of the International A.N.S.W.E.R, MoveOn.org, Michael Moore, Quakers, ACLU, and Code Pink crowd. Let them then stew in their own liberal juices as they realize the Monster they (in their mindset and political frame of reference) have created on their own hands. The Japanese call this political tactic (over praising one of one's enemies in order to destroy his core base he needs for election or relection as "homegoroshi" 誉め殺し. They did it against former Japanese Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita. Rush Limbaugh would be excellent at this. The White House would freak out. Start up the Marine Corps recruiting drives on college campuses to follow the president into "obliterating the enemy, gunning him down at ever chance, launching UAV drone strikes into populated areas just to get terrorists", the whole sarcastic, ironic nine yards. Make Obama out to be a Stone Cold Murderer with no heart, put it on T shirts and then see how it sits with the liberals who would neve countenance this under Bush and Cheney. Use their logic, tactic and momentum right against them, then point out their hypocracy. Make them feel uncomfortable about the whole thing, and then drive wedges. Get a Bernie Sanders or John Dean or Dennis Kucinich to run against him in the primaries. Spread it around Europe within the bowels of official Nobel Peace Prize-ism.
10 posted on 05/06/2011 6:38:34 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (FreeRepublic's frontline citizen reporter in Japan (among others). -- AiT)
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To: Sub-Driver
Today, US forces missed in an attempted follow-up strike against an al-Qa'ida leader. Given events of the last five day, it could not have been otherwise.

BHO took little delay in announcing the killing of OBL and flaunting the apparent treasure of computer intel from his abode.

Moments prior to BHO's first announcement, the early word was OBL had been killed the week prior. That one week delay made perfect tactical sense.

It's called "getting inside the timing of the enemy's decision loop". It is a widely used practice in highly competitive business environments and is a cornerstone of military tactics. In other words; kill OBL, gather on site intel, exploit the intel, and take further action - all before the enemy knows those events have occured.

Obama gave away a unique once-in-the-war event which should have allowed an immediate decisive crippling of al-Qa'ida. Instead, much of the tactical advantage of OBL's death has been lost. The prey has flushed and moved to new cover. All because an indecisive Barack Hussein Obama needed to literally cry out for immediate attention and credit for the death of Osama bin Laden.

11 posted on 05/06/2011 7:35:14 PM PDT by XHogPilot
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To: Sub-Driver
I suppose the real question is, "How many other contenders for Caliph does Barry think there might be to his claiming the title uncontested?"

HF

12 posted on 05/06/2011 7:35:49 PM PDT by holden
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To: johniegrad

“The reported attempt to kill Mr Awlaki is believed to be the first known US military strike within Yemen since May 2010, when missiles mistakenly killed one of Mr Saleh’s envoys.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13319862


13 posted on 05/06/2011 8:01:23 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: johniegrad
Yemen? When did we start launching drones in Yemen? Well, Yemen is where Osama bin Laden's family hails from originally. Some accounts say OBL was born there.

we've been using drones there at least as early as this, which is about the time amnesty International and others started to whine about it:

NOVEMBER 3 2002 Sun : (EASTERN YEMEN : CIA DRONE NAILS SOME INTERESTING TERRORISTS, INCLUDING AHMAD HIJAZI aka ALI QAEDA SUNIAN AL HARITHI aka ABU ALI {See OCT 2000 USS COLE BOMBING} -- See BUFFALOCELL/LACKAWANNA6) ----------Yemeni killed in CIA strike tied to alleged N.Y. cell USA Today / AP ^ | 11/9/2002 | Staff, http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2002-11-09-yemeni-buffalo_x.htm

NOVEMBER 2002 : (YEMEN : KAMAL DERWISH, SUSPECTED RINGLEADER OF THE LACKAWANNA 6, GETS TO MEET ALLAH PIECE-BY-PIECE COURTESY OF A CIA DRONE-[WHILE RIDING IN A CAR WITH ONE OF THE PERPS INVOLVED IN THE OCTOBER 2000 BOMBING OF THE USS COLE, A SHIP ON ITS WAY TO ENFORCE SANCTIONS ON IRAQ]) ------Another Lackawanna Arrest; -Businessman will be charged with sending at least $3 million to Yemen Buffalo News ^ | 12/17/2002 | By MICHAEL BEEBE and DAN HERBECK News Staff Reporters, http:/www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20021217/1029070.asp
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My note: The Wash Po of November 8, 2002 says Derwish goes by the alias Ahmed Hijazi

NOVEMBER 7, 2002 Thu : (YEMEN : SOURCES ID ONE OF THE 6 MEN KILLED IN NOV 2002 CIA DRONE STRIKE WAS AMERICAN AHMAD HIJAZI, LEADER OF THE BUFFALO6; ANOTHER WAS ALI QAEDA SUNIAN AL HARITHI aka ABU ALI {MASTERMIND OF 2000 USS COLE BOMBING})

14 posted on 05/06/2011 8:02:30 PM PDT by piasa
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To: XHogPilot

Exactly and well said. He is too busy making a trophy out of OBL and boosting his own ego that he forgot to stop campaigning and act like the CIC.

How incredibly irresponsible.


15 posted on 05/06/2011 8:06:27 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: AmericanInTokyo
There is a sarcastic way to praise Obama over all these killings, REALLY lay it on hard and thick, spread over all liberal sites. Praise him as a merciless killer willing to go outside US law...

Seems like a great idea, except I find it hard to describe as sarcasm. If it were a single vein of ironic truth, then yeah. But, the core of Obama is that he is a statist tyrant. His on-going lethal attacks by predator drone inside the borders of the non-battlefield nations of Pakistan, Yemen, and Libya have killed hundreds if not thousands and are fairly well documented. Obama is a merciless killer acting outside US and international law.

16 posted on 05/06/2011 8:16:10 PM PDT by XHogPilot
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To: XHogPilot
Not to mention, all the publicity of precisely which units were involved (and their home base) in the raid will doubtless subject those men and their families to untold grief/mental anguish stateside as slacker-sleepers get the assignments to track such families for a Beslan-style follow-up revenge attack.

HF

17 posted on 05/06/2011 8:16:32 PM PDT by holden
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To: XHogPilot

Aw heck, he’s just warming up for 2013 to 2017 for “domestic terrorism” within our own borders (conservatives/patriots) after he is returned to office by a mass of unthinking sheeple and millions of illegal aliens also voting, Black Panthers voting 2 and 3 times, etc.


18 posted on 05/06/2011 8:35:30 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (FreeRepublic's frontline citizen reporter in Japan (among others). -- AiT)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

we need someone to put Obama’s head on AK-47 kitty with the nobel peace prize around his neck


19 posted on 05/07/2011 5:25:31 AM PDT by naturalized
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To: Steel Wolf; AmericanInTokyo; bert

It is ever so odd that I was just considering things in a similar light. 0bama is cold-hearted. Senator 0bama in 2007 said he would go after Pakistan and the terrorist it harbored. Consider that for a bit in light of recent events.

0bama is getting bolder though and in some regards that is concerning.

As to his liberal left base? Odd, I just finished last night a debate online and the jist of whole matter was...

“It’s all about hating Obama? That’s the Republican strategy? What about The Bush’s obsession with Iraq? Was that all legal? Get over it. President Obama used one of his prerogatives as elected President of the United States of America. So what were we supposed to do? Let Bin Laden live on in hog heaven? Bring him to Gitmo? Don’t waste your energy worrying about it,” said the liberal.

I would caution that in the liberal mind...the ‘bad dude,’ isn’t subject to all the rights and privileges that a victim is. They are more apt to approve of the use of expediency for the sake of the collective, rather than to secure the rights of the individual.

It is what makes them so dangerous. The more that mentality takes hold, the easier it becomes for them to ‘group people’ into deserving and undeserving.


20 posted on 05/07/2011 9:29:25 AM PDT by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: EBH
Liberals function off of a mentality of 'absolute moral authority', in which anything is permitted depending upon the moral position of the cause.

It's the same mentality that lets Salafist hijackers party in strip clubs. It was necessary to maintain their cover for the greater good of the jihad, so it was not just permissible, but mandatory. For a less pious citizen, cavorting with semi-naked heathens with alcohol and pork would be a severe offense.

Liberals might not believe in waterboarding Islamists, but precious few would complain if Obama needed to waterboard a 'domestic terrorist'.

They don't care that he uses drones to assassinate suspects instead of capturing them.

They don't care that Gitmo is open. It's the lesser of two evils with Obama. It was for the fun of torture for Bush.

They don't care about the Patriot Act, wiretapping, or TSA full body probes. Bush did it because he's a tyrant, Obama because he's concerned about your safety.

His 'surge' in Afghanistan was bold leadership, Bush's was warmongering.

UBLs death was a daring, gutsy call that highlights his strategic vision and tenacious nerves. Had Bush done it, it would have been a cowardly, extra judicial murder, basically an organized criminal hit job, no better than the Mafia whacking an informant.

You get the idea. I understand that Bush and Obama both faced bad options, and as any leader must, you make the best of them. Liberals don't understand that. Everything is either righteous or reprehensible. Justified or inexcusable. Serving the greater cause, or ... treasonous. Treasonous in word, in deed, in spirit.

Serving the greater cause, though? All tools available are not only permitted, but required. To do less is, in itself, a hated betrayal.

21 posted on 05/07/2011 10:01:49 AM PDT by Steel Wolf ("There are moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate." - Ibn Warraq)
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To: XHogPilot

BOYD’s OODA LOOP THEORY,


22 posted on 05/07/2011 2:05:12 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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