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    In this case, we have a guy who basically skipped the country and went to work for a declared enemy of our nation.
    in an entirely separate and targeted attack, his sixteen-year-old son.

    Still waiting for an argument even attempting to justify that one.  What with all of the oversight provided by our positively Christlike leadership, that should have been easy.

    •  The target of that strike was Ibrahim al-Banna. (3+ / 0-)
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      Eikyu Saha, catwho, sviscusi

      Awlaki's son was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  He went to meet with some of his father's terrorist friends at the same time that they, not he, were targeted by a missile strike.

      This is not a mystery. American and Yemeni officials were crowing about getting al-Banna, and several other AQ figures, in that strike before anyone knew Awlaki's son was even there.

      You are right about one thing, though: that was easy.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 08:43:21 AM PST

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      •  Sorry, "anonymous officials"? That doesn't cut it. (1+ / 0-)
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        Just because some reporter writes that some unnamed government staffers told him XYZ, doesn't prove that XYZ is true.

        Two U.S. officials speaking on condition of anonymity stated that the target of the October 14, 2011 airstrike was Ibrahim al-Banna, an Egyptian believed to be a senior operative in Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.[7] Another U.S. administration official described Abdulrahman al-Aulaqi as a bystander who was "in the wrong place at the wrong time", stating that "the U.S. government did not know that Mr. Awlaki’s son was there" before the airstrike was ordered.[7]
        There's absolutely nothing in the Al Jazeera article you link to that says anything tying the killing of Al-Banna to the death of 16-year old Abdulrahman al-Aulaqi.

        The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

        by lotlizard on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 05:07:15 PM PST

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      •  Well, in that case, according tot he Hague, the (0+ / 0-)

        strike should have been abstained from...

        Because they weren't near the operations of land forces and couldn't discriminate the target from civilians.

        That was easy.

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