Friday, September 30, 2011

Anwar Awlaki, Samir Khan Killed in Yemen

Great news, indeed. Fugitive cleric Anwar Awlaki and Samir Khan, who ran a terror-supporting website from his home in North Carolina, have been killed by a drone strike in Yemen.

Samir Khan was previously featured on this site when he was living in Charlotte.

I have to say one thing here in defense of President Obama. I am becoming increasingly of the opinion that we are reaching the extent of what we can hope to accomplish in Afghanistan and other places in the Middle East. More specifically, I am most skeptical of the idea of nation-building. The idea of these targeted attacks, including drones, looks better to me all the time. Countries that cannot or will deal with terrorists within their borders should be put on notice that the US and hopefully our allies will take them out ourselves by such methods.

The killing of Awlaki especially should remind us that this was one of the so-called "moderates" that our government erroneously reached out to after 9-11. It is very likely, however, that he had an involvement in the attacks.

One more reason not to miss happy hour this evening. Job well done.


Findalis said...

Piece of candy anyone?

Squid said...

So, bye-bye miss american pie.
Drove my chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin', "this'll be the day that I die.