“According to his Facebook profile, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki enjoyed watching The Simpsons and the BBC’s Planet Earth series.”
That’s how CNN begins its story on Al-Awlaki Jr. Can we get any word on what was in the Facebook profiles of the people murdered in the World Trade Center?
What about those on United Airlines Flight 93? No. They don’t seem to have Facebook profiles for some reason. Perhaps because some of the fellows that Mr. Al-Awlaki Sr. worked with killed them.
So I suppose we’ll never know what they liked to watch. They won’t ever matter as much as Abdulrahman al-Awlaki who liked watching the BBC and taking long walks with terrorists.
Drone kills of terrorists is not a new policy. It’s a Bush policy. It did not become wrong when Obama took over. The first such strike took place a year after September 11. Obama is carrying on an existing Bush policy because it allows him to maintain a minimal footprint while achieving some results. It’s the very least that he can possibly do short of doing nothing at all.
Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was not an innocent American teenager cruelly assassinated by the United States. He was the son of an Al Qaeda leader who happened to be standing next to another Al Qaeda leader who was the actual target of an infidel drone.
If you happen to be standing next to an Al Qaeda leader, then you might find yourself swimming downstream to the virgins, regardless of whether you have an American passport.
Should the United States ascertain that there is absolutely no one with an American passport in the vicinity of an Al Qaeda leader before the drone gets sent in?
Or perhaps we should only kill terrorists when there isn’t anyone around them for miles? Or better yet, maybe we shouldn’t kill terrorists at all. Maybe we should try to capture each and every one, regardless of how many men die doing it, and then take them back for a civilian trial, give them four ACLU lawyers and then release them a year later because of a lack of due process?
That’s what the left wants. That’s what the people turning Abdulrahman al-Awlaki into a martyr want. Anyone who wants to adopt their arguments should do so consistently and follow them to their logical end.