Some in our government are claiming that U.S.-born anti-American Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in self defense by a C.I.A.-operated drone; they expect us to buy the nonsense that America, a huge and powerful nation was so terrified of this man's jihadist tongue that it had to take him out as soon as an opportunity presented itself.
Our government colluded with Yemeni President
George W. Bush waged a preemptive war. Now
If al-Awlaki committed treason by giving aid and comfort to America's enemies, he should have been arrested, charged and tried according to the U.S. Constitution.. The same information that Mr. Saleh, the dictator, helped provide for the drone attack could have been used to arrest al-Awlaki. Clearly, the aim from the start was to kill, not capture him.
Mr. Obama came to power deploring the Bush tactics of torture, extraordinary rendition and the preemptive, perpetual incarceration of terror suspects at Guantanamo. His administration trivialized terrorists as no more than criminals who should be put on trial in the federal courts, which were more than capable of dispensing justice while giving the accused a fair chance to defend themselves. What happened between now and then?
What happened is that pure politics, and Mr. Obama's electoral ambition reared its Hydra head. President Obama has been intent on showing his brawn to Republican critics. He was clearly buoyed by the
It is time for the president to stop his intoxicating killing spree and return us to the sanity of his original vision of a country nobler than its enemies and prepared to work under the constraints of our Constitution and international laws, even when under threat.