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Team Obama's Justification For Killing A 16-Year-Old American In A Drone Strike Is Stunning (Gibbs)
Business Insider ^ | 10/24/12 | Michael Kelley

Posted on 10/25/2012 7:15:06 PM PDT by Libloather

Team Obama's Justification For Killing A 16-Year-Old American In A Drone Strike Is Stunning
Michael Kelley | Oct. 24, 2012, 2:04 PM

Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, a senior adviser to President Obama's reelection campaign, recently became the first person on Team Obama to address the killing of 16-year-old American citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, Conor Friedersdorf of the The Atlantic reports.

Abdulrahman was the son of New Mexico-born cleric and al-Qaeda propagandist Anwar al-Alwaki. Both were killed in separate drone strikes last year.

A reporter asked Gibbs: "Do you think that the killing of Anwar al-Alwaki's 16-year-old son, who was an American citizen, is justifiable?"

Here is Gibbs' answer:

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: american; anwaralaulaqi; anwaralawlaki; aulaqi; awlaki; daralhijrah; drone; drones; gibbs; goodriddance; strike; vajihad; yemen
Wow.
1 posted on 10/25/2012 7:15:08 PM PDT by Libloather
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The sad thing is, so many people are okay with this because its a “terrist”. You think you’ve seen “mission creep” with all levels of government? Wait till it happens with drone strikes.


2 posted on 10/25/2012 7:20:37 PM PDT by Crimson Elephant
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To: Libloather

I wonder if he would also blame the illegal immigrant father of a 16-year old who was being deported.


3 posted on 10/25/2012 7:27:22 PM PDT by trublu
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To: Libloather
Gibbs ought to be in jail for his crass lying to the American people as he supports his fearless leader. The same applies to the clown who is now the chief truth deflector for the liar-in-chief......

How anyone could vote for this lying bunch of a-holes is beyond me......

4 posted on 10/25/2012 7:29:00 PM PDT by eeriegeno (<p>)
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To: Libloather

The Constitution means nothing to the jackass.


5 posted on 10/25/2012 7:31:26 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Libloather

***Abdulrahman was the son of New Mexico-born cleric and al-Qaeda propagandist Anwar al-Alwaki. Both were killed in separate drone strikes last year. ****

I can live with it. Nits make lice.


6 posted on 10/25/2012 7:31:31 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Libloather

Imagine the MSM reaction if this were Bush


7 posted on 10/25/2012 7:34:24 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: trublu

great point


8 posted on 10/25/2012 7:39:46 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Libloather

I will admit that killing a sixteen year old kid is a big step.

It’s a big step that better be justifiable. If he was meeting with a terrorist group to plot against the United States, and that was verifiable, I might buy off on it.

Although I wouldn’t kill the kid just because of who his father was, it would make the decision more justifiable if the kid were known to be following in his dad’s footsteps.

I do want to leave that sort of scenario open to this and future presidents.

Now, is Obama clear on this? Well, I think there’s some explaining to do. And the problem with a guy like Obama, is that he almost never tells the truth.

If we had been able to get our sites on a 16 year old Osama Bin Laden, and his record had already become clear, and he was a U. S. Citizen, I would give the order to take him out.

We had Laden on the tarmac at least once, and I believe it was twice. If only we hadn’t sat on our hand then.

If there was no history on this kid, we didn’t have him meeting with terrorists, and his death can’t be justified, I would agree that this is a crime, an impeachable offense, and would most likely qualify him for prosecution.


9 posted on 10/25/2012 7:41:03 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama's myth is oozing out onto the floor. He's the political Lance Armstrong.)
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To: GeronL

Frankly, I don’t want to imagine it. The atmosphere would be hellish.


10 posted on 10/25/2012 7:43:08 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama's myth is oozing out onto the floor. He's the political Lance Armstrong.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Libloather.
16-year-old American citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki... was the son of New Mexico-born cleric and al-Qaeda propagandist Anwar al-Alwaki. Both were killed in separate drone strikes last year.
Nice shooting. Gibbs is a liar, who didn't know that?


11 posted on 10/25/2012 7:46:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Libloather

Bill Ayers people figured killing 25 million American citizen “terrorists” in the conversion of this country to communism was an acceptable number.

They do not care. They are the heirs of Staliin, Pol Pot, Mao, Osama bin Laden etc. We are just collateral to them.


12 posted on 10/25/2012 7:48:30 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: Libloather
We can kill an American kid in Yemen without Yemen's permission but the WH says we couldn't send anyone into Libya without their permission to rescue four Americans who work for the State Dept.

Did we ask Pakistan permission to fly in and kill bin Laden? Or dozens of other terrorists there?

13 posted on 10/25/2012 8:24:44 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Libloather; All

Yes, the justification is wrong. But if you are a 16 year old hanging out with people who are behind enemy lines who are plotting to kill us, I have little sympathy for you. There is always the reality of collateral damage. It always occurs or is a possibility. If we refuse to allow collateral damage, we will be rendered incapable of action and we will be defeated.


14 posted on 10/25/2012 8:25:01 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: Libloather
Anwar al Aulaqi had no moral qualms about helping two of the 9/11 hijackers when they arrived in California, and moved with them to the east coast where he helped them there as well. You'd think helping a group of foreigners attack the US, with the intention of murdering 50-60,000 Americans, might at a minimum have some blow-back that would endanger your kid.

Anwar al Aulaqi had no concern for the unborn child of the pregnant woman killed at Ft Hood by his follower Hassan, or for the other twelve Americans Hassan murdered. Ft. Hood wasn't in Yemen, it was here in the USA. Aulaqi was full of jihadi praises.

Anwar al Awlaki was the inspiration of the Toronto 18, whose plan was to bust into the Canadian Parliament and take hostages, intending to cut the head off of Prime minister Steven Harper.

Oh, let us not forget his abetting of the young predecessor to Abdul Mutallab... to stick a bomb in his ass and try to assassinate the Saudi intel chief. That was just a practice run for trying to blow up an airplane using someone else’s “kid” as the bomb carrier, on Christmas no less, and aimed at killing Americans of any age, who just happened to be unfortunate to be aboard the flight, or in the area when the plane would go down.

And of course Al Aulaqi had no concern for all the teenage Somalis he was sending to their deaths.

Just what do you have to do to lose your citizenship these days, if going to war against the US and swearing allegiance to a foreign entity is not quite good enough?

15 posted on 10/25/2012 8:27:15 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Our Federal gov has already produced documents describing conservatives as ‘lice.’


16 posted on 10/25/2012 8:27:20 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Libloather
While Gibbs is a dope I fully agree with his sentiments and wish they had been more clearly stated, to wit; ‘If one becomes a jihadist then you are an enemy of this country and we will kill you if we can.’ I have no use for the Mahdi but the drone war seems inspired. it is unfortunate we don't have a100 times or a 1000 times as many of these machines. It is also unfortunate that the US simply doesn't conduct drone strikes and cruise missile bombardment of any place in the raghead universe where jihadists gather in numbers. Getting ones town worked over by these robot planes would certainly get the welcome mat pulled in for jihadists. If the natives don't get the drift the first time hit them again harder. The USAF behaved with no scruples in attacking civilian targets and even individual civilians during the final phase of the war with Germany. Nazis or not the Germans were and are civilized people. The ragheads are just a lot of barbarians and should be worked over relentlessly until they grasp that the Yankee feringhee have very long and sharp teeth.
17 posted on 10/25/2012 8:49:33 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: Libloather

no big deal....

just hush and watch with admiration as Obama polishes his Peace prize...


18 posted on 10/25/2012 9:38:12 PM PDT by eeevil conservative (GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND AND I WILL MOVE THE EARTH....Archimedes)
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To: robowombat; piasa; All

What concerns me greatly is that if we condone this death, for whatever reason, it is a small step, or possibly a few small steps to go from justifying this death to justifying your death and mine.

Who gets to decide to yank someone’s citizenship?

Who gets to decide that you and I are enemies of the US?

Who gets to decide with no trial that we are guilty?


19 posted on 10/25/2012 9:56:16 PM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: eeriegeno

I have lots of relatives that I no longer speak to. They’re all obama worshippers and I can’t stand to even talk to them.


20 posted on 10/25/2012 10:17:40 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: eeriegeno
Gibbs ought to be in jail for his crass lying to the American people as he supports his fearless leader. The same applies to the clown who is now the chief truth deflector for the liar-in-chief......

How anyone could vote for this lying bunch of a-holes is beyond me......


Yeah, there are still a lot of dumb clucks out there that would vote for the man-child. Crap, I get into it with one of the kool-aid drinkers on Facebook that went to school with me. I pray to God that Romney wins just so I can see him call the "wambulance." I've known him for 40 years, since I was 6, we went from pre-1st grade all the way to high school, yet there is a thought in my mind to unfriend him. I pray that with a Romney win, I can cash the checks I write.

Everyone in the Obama Administration has blood on their hands and anyone that still supports him to this day as well.
21 posted on 10/25/2012 10:44:31 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: Terry Mross
I have lots of relatives that I no longer speak to. They’re all obama worshippers and I can’t stand to even talk to them.

You read my mind, read my message 21 about a guy I knew for 40 years since I was 6. There are very few Obama supporters I'd be friends with. The old ones because they are like Mr. Magoo where they still think the Democrates are still the Hubert Humphrey party. I might give those a pass but the ones my age and younger, I have no patience with, they should know better. One or two are good friends of mine and I often say, "I disagree and if you value our friendship, let's not take about it and shift gears."

Except for a very few, I've divorced most Obama supporters from my life, Yes, Virginia, we are in a Cold Civil War.

I just hope Romney wins, I want to cash the checks I write and want to see them call the "wambulance."

Romney HAS to win. I think I'll get down on my knees and pray hard to God every night.
22 posted on 10/25/2012 10:51:24 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: Libloather
"I'm not going to get into Anwar al-Alwaki's son … I would suggest that you have a far more responsible father if they're truly concerned about the well being of your children. I don't think becoming an al-Qaeda jihadist terrorist is the best way to go about doing your business."

Hmmmm - bad daddy and separated attacks to kill them. Perhaps the ONE (imagine the word sung and echoing as if by a choir of Angels...) isn't really...else he would know Jeremiah 31:29-34 ESV / 12 helpful votes In those days they shall no longer say: “‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge.’ But everyone shall die for his own sin. Each man who eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge. “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. ...

the sins of the father will no longer be held against the sons.

23 posted on 10/26/2012 3:07:43 AM PDT by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: Terry Mross
I have lots of relatives that I no longer speak to. They’re all obama worshippers and I can’t stand to even talk to them.

How many freebies do they get?

24 posted on 10/26/2012 7:17:58 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Texas Eagle

I don’t think any of them get freebies. There are millions of people who worship this guy as they watch their taxes and insurance premiums go up. That’s why I don’t understand it. That’s also why I refuse to speak to them. It’s impposible to have a conversation with mentally challenged or brainwashed people.


25 posted on 10/26/2012 9:10:39 AM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: Nowhere Man

There has been a lot of “de-friending” on FB. I don’t even go there anymore. I got tired of all the liberal ranting and insults. Come join us and tell him you’re through with him.


26 posted on 10/26/2012 9:15:43 AM PDT by Terry Mross (M)
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To: Nowhere Man

There has been a lot of “de-friending” on FB. I don’t even go there anymore. I got tired of all the liberal ranting and insults. Come join us and tell him you’re through with him.


27 posted on 10/26/2012 9:27:11 AM PDT by Terry Mross (obama killed the people in Libya.)
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To: Terry Mross
I don’t think any of them get freebies. There are millions of people who worship this guy as they watch their taxes and insurance premiums go up. That’s why I don’t understand it. That’s also why I refuse to speak to them. It’s impposible to have a conversation with mentally challenged or brainwashed people.

I know, it seems like their reasoning abilities go out the window. I think of the "I Mudd" episode of Star Trek where the androids took care of Harry Mudd but refused to let him leave (or Kirk & Co when they beamed down) but when the androids encounter something outside their programming, they get a stare akin to the "Blue Screen of Death," their number around their necks blink and consult the head android. I think the Obama supporters are the same way except they resort to name calling without backup facts. OK, we name call too, but at least we got the facts to back us up.
28 posted on 10/26/2012 8:53:34 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: Terry Mross

Yeah, I might give him the heave ho. Almost all my FB friends are conservative though and when FR crashes, we go there. Most of my high school classes of 84 and 85 (I’m 85) I’ve friended do believe the Kenyan is a Moslem born in Kenya.


29 posted on 10/26/2012 8:55:43 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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