Key al Qaeda leader silenced
September 30th, 2011
09:17 AM ET

Key al Qaeda leader silenced

By Suzanne Kelly, Sr. National Security Producer

As U.S. and Yemeni officials confirm the death of Anwar al-Awlaki, the details of just how he died continue to trickle out. The fact that he is dead is considered a huge blow to the recruiting capabilities of al Qaeda in the Arabian Pensinsula (AQAP), which has become one of the most dangerous offshoots of the core al Qaeda group headed by Ayman al Zawahiri.

"It can't be understated, the inspirational figure he was," said CNN National Security Contributor Fran Townsend, "AQAP has sophisticated bomb making capability. But now their ability to recruit new people and to raise money will be severely diminished."

The man who used his native knowledge of American culture and the power of the internet to both recruit and inspire terrorist attacks, was killed Friday. He had become a central recruiter for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and had been targeted by the U.S. before. He survived a missile strike in May of this year that killed two other al Qaeda operatives according to a U.S. Official.

"We knew this would happen it was just a matter of time," said Intelligence expert and former CIA spy Charlie Allen. "This guy is very narcissistic and he couldn't stay out of the limelight and we knew it would just be a matter of time."

Related: List of the dead, captured and still wanted

Al-Awlaki had been targeted by the CIA for years because of his ability to appeal to other Americans to carry out attacks. According to the 9/11 Commission report, he was in communication with three of the 9/11 hijackers and was also in contact with Major Nidal Hasan, the man who opened fire at Ft. Hood in 2009, killing 13 people. There are also indications that he was in contact with contact with Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, who is facing trial as the suspected underwear bomber.

"His death takes away their (AQAP) ability to recruit Americans," said Allen, who insists that it doesn't mean AQAP is no longer a threat. "They have a lot of fighters, hundreds of them. He is not the leader, and I believe they will fight harder now against the Saudi monarchy, which has been one of their main targets."

The Saudis have been aggressively targeting AQAP, and tipped off the U.S. to a bomb plot in October 2010 that used toner cartridges being shipped on airplanes.

But with the charismatic appeal to would be terrorists now silenced, terrorism experts like Allen wonder whether the threat to the U.S. and the UK might be considerably diminished.

According to Townsend, there were only two Americans with such command of the culture and language, that they were deemed dangerous in inspiring other would be terrorists to target the U.S. for future attacks.

Gadahn is another American who has turned his knowledge of the language and culture into a tool of terror via propaganda on al Qaeda websites. He's currently on the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists List and has been indicted for treason and material support for al Qaeda.

soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. Bill

    People keep talking about the constitution and the fact that he did not have due process of the law. However this man committed treason. And treason, as defined by the United States Code at "usc|18|2381" [25] states "whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death..." In my opinion, good riddance. Another bad person is no longer here to do harm.

    The U.S. Constitution also states, "No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court." Obviously in this case they had a slew of witnesses against him that pointed us to where he was, and eventually led us to killing him.

    October 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  2. ROODO

    Loved the attention and publicity that came with appearing on the internet.
    Politically active.
    Liked giving speeches about how others should behave.
    Sought out prostitutes.
    Looks a lot like Anthony Weiner with a beard.
    Yup! He has a lot of the characteristics of a narcissist!

    September 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  3. So Tired

    WHOOOO, WHOOOO, I'm registered.

    September 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  4. JOE

    Obama got Osama!

    Obama got Ghadaffi!
    Obama got al Awlaki!
    Obama is the best US president ever!
    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • HappyAmerican

      This President doesn't make empty promise or statement like the former one. He show his work by doing.

      September 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Reply
    • Alvinjh

      I don't think that is gonna cut it. I am glad he gave the order to do the job. Maybe we could put him charge of an AWAC after the election. He'll need something to keep himself busy and he seems to enjoy this line of work!

      September 30, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  5. JOE

    "Key al Qaeda leader silenced." Next in line, the Tea Party.

    September 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Reply
    • Alvinjh

      Ahh.. there you are. True agenda and attitude. Kill those whom you disagree with politically..mmnn..that's why you're going to be soooo disappointed in about days.

      September 30, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Reply
      • Alvinjh

        402 days

        September 30, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  6. Tom

    Dude looked like Phineas Freak of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers.

    September 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  7. Canadian Observer

    The extremists want to destroy anyone who does not share their values and beliefs. A similar argument exists between Democrats and Conservatives (Conversatives and Liberals in Canada). Whatever happened to common sense, or simply, "do the right thing?" And how should that right thing be determined? Until the individual countries can get their acts together, there will always be enemies and conflicts.

    September 30, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • GDawg

      I agree that extremists will use all of their ingenuity on creating destructive technologies and carrying out attacks. It seems that their existence focuses on the hate, and as long as they define targets as "America" or "American citizens", the government has a legitimate right to hinder their efforts to do harm by assassinating those who would constantly threaten it with lethal motives.

      September 30, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Reply
      • GDawg

        Although I will need an asterisk for my comment above: I think that assassinations ought to be conducted with manned personnel in particular, because drones are worrisome. As greater numbers of drones and robotic technologies are implemented for government/military use, it seems more inevitable that the day will come when governments use these technologies to surveil and/or control the people ; small evidence – Patriot Act.

        September 30, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  8. Marco

    of course this scumbag was narcissistic. bin-sleepin' with the fishes was too. he thought he was special. Now he's a special kind of dead and the world is a better place today.

    September 30, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  9. Jeff

    What's Narcissistic is a President thinking he can kill any citizen he wants without even charging them!! Oh, and perhaps reporters like this one.

    September 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Reply
    • Paolo

      You wanted him to live? Are you a terroristo?

      September 30, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Reply
    • ComSenseWiz

      The US is at war with Al Qaeda. This turd boosted of his terrorist crimes. As such, no "trial" needed and good riddance.

      September 30, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Reply
    • jean2009

      Citizen? Really does a citizen have the right to kill their fellow citizens without our taking action? This nut was a ranting Jihadist who was behind the killing of several Americans. That makes him not only a terrorist, but a traitor. We do have the right to take out traitors and terrorist regardless of where they are a citizen. You sound like the typical teapotty moron.

      September 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Reply
    • LeoLeoBlax

      I would hardly consider him a citizen in the standard usage. He is a seditious traitor who wanted all of America to die. Republicans and Democrats should have no argument over this.

      September 30, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  10. So Tired

    Comment to the comments:
    No wonder the would is so against us. We have no respect for anyone in power, Just as I feel that Bush was a terrible president, I would never bad mouth him in public. Both Bush & Obama are duly elected, by the majority of the American citizens, and, like it or not, they deserve the respect of their offices. No need to wash our laundry in public.
    Opinions are like a$$holes, everyone has one. Maybe we should keep some of them to ourselves.
    Can't wait for the feedback on this one!!!

    September 30, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      I'll give you your first feedback. I agree with you.

      September 30, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      In a Democracy, respect is earned not expected. Maybe you should move back in time to old Russia.

      September 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Reply
      • jean2009

        Maybe you should move to a deserted island.

        September 30, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Jesus Murillo

      I agree, brotha.

      September 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Reply
    • ComSenseWiz

      Bush was not elected by a majority of Americans in 2000. He lost the popular vote to Gore by at least 2 million. He won based on electorial votes and even that was a joke because of the Florida "chad" fiasco with Bush's brother as Governor of Florida. Supreme Court challenge to Florida joke vote fiasco was upheld 5 to 4 along the justice's political lines. Biggest election rip off in history.

      September 30, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Reply
      • So Tired

        I agree, but, no matter who won, lost or stole the election, we need to behave properly in public. Our elected and to be elected officials need to look into the mirror and see how they will be remembered, not how they want to be perceived.
        History is a nasty mistress.

        September 30, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  11. Chris

    Amazing how the U.S. can call anybody narcissistic considered we as a country are the most narcissistic entity out there. We can't resist putting our two cents out there regardless if other countries or people want it or not, by force if necessary. We truly believe that we are above the fray when it comes to some of the negative actions other countries do and yet half the time we're either sponsoring or overtly providing aid to some of those same countries. Not the mention our own dubious track record at home with how the government treats it's citizens and yet we criticize other countries for doing the same thing. It truly is the pot calling the kettle black. Until this countries stops shredding the Constitution and ignoring the Bill of Rights we have no right to criticize or admonish anybody.

    September 30, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  12. dugee

    I When you absolutely are losing an argument it is always a good tactic to bring up Hitler. On the other hand it also shows you got nothin'.

    September 30, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Godwin's Law in effect.

      September 30, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  13. Chris

    Alright so we can come home now?

    September 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  14. heywood jablome

    What a rotten life....this jerk and many others like him have no life. And now the POS really has no life. The world is full with POS's....pieces of useless gray matter. I can only hope that this psycho gets his 72 virgins, and a few gallons of cheap wine.....because Allah loves him.

    September 30, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  15. whatthe...

    "It can't be understated?" Why are you employing Fran Townsend? She's terrible.

    September 30, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  16. billy jester

    another ignorant, hatred filled, unbathed,child molesting, jihadist is gone, and the world is now a little bit of a better place for all of us!!!

    September 30, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Reply
    • o

      your ignorance blinds you this guy is anything but a terrorist go on youtube and listen to what he says. he says nothing about blowing yourself up he tells people to treat people with respect, be kind to your neighbors, stay away from anything that could bring negative reprocotions. give charity help the poor.

      September 30, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Reply
      • n

        That's recruiting 101. Don't be naive.

        September 30, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
      • Chris

        Finally, somebody decides to look beyond the propaganda of Limbaugh and Beck.

        September 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
      • Chris

        He is a terrorist, plain and simple. This blasphemous and murderous devil will rot in hell, along with the 72 virgins bending him over.

        September 30, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
      • MS of NY

        From the sound of it you must believe that he is a saint and that's the reason why CIA spent millions of dollars and killed him. Dude all the smooth talk is to get you to believe him as a noble soul. The blowing up part comes a little later. Don't be naive.

        September 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
      • mimi of Toronto

        O, you are so naieve in your thinking. This cleric may say one thing but means something else. Just read & follow his history – he's just as dangerous as Osama, if not more, because of his internet savvy & how USA's mind set works. His giving advice about being kind to neighbours, respect people & stay away from trouble, etc, is all a sham. Getting your source of info from youtube is not the most credible.

        September 30, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
      • jean2009

        O... You left out the part about training terrorist to kill American citizens, and military personnel.

        September 30, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  17. billy jester

    anbd another one bites, and another one bites, and another on bites the sand

    WAY TO GO MR. PRESIDENT!!!!

    September 30, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  18. 2bits

    He may be narcissistic but he pales in comparison to Obama who is on an even keel with Hitler in his narcissism.

    September 30, 2011 at 11:48 am | Reply
    • Duvs

      durrrr "Obama is worse, he like Hitler.." SHATUP, you random, unoriginal idiot. Nobody cares about the lame Grand Ol' Party or your opinion. Back on topic. I'm glad he's dead BWAHAHAHAHAHHA

      September 30, 2011 at 11:56 am | Reply
    • rschier

      The degree of your lack of intelligence pales in comparison to that of a sea-slug.....

      September 30, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Reply
    • billy jester

      THE AUTHOR OF THIS COMMENT IS A TOTAL MORON!!!

      September 30, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Reply
    • UncleSam83

      Libs loved to call Bush "Hitler" but dont mock their Messah and they'll call you racist (like thats original)

      September 30, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Reply
      • SFC Mike

        Not sure what a "lib" is – maybe that's anyone who disagrees in the slightest with whoever the current mouthpiece of so-called "conservatism," but a very tiny minority of "libs" or anyone else compared Bush to Hitler, and the vast majority (likely including some of the squirrely, elusive "libs") thought the comparisons were inane at best.

        September 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • mikeknowsurmomma

      you are an idiotic chucklehead, go crawl back under ur rock loser

      September 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Reply
    • BC

      Godwin's Law, again.

      As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches unity. Godwin observed that, given enough time, in any online discussion—regardless of topic or scope—someone inevitably criticizes some point made in the discussion by comparing it to beliefs or attitudes held by Hitler and the Nazis. Once such a comparison is made, whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever debate was in progress.

      2bits, that would be you.

      September 30, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Reply
    • LeoLeoBlax

      Oh please...go over to Fox News with that mess.

      September 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  19. ken

    I thought the article was about Obama, "narcissist". Then again why did the US news media allow Obama to execute an American citizen without due process? Seems like cold blooded murder to me! Why is it that liberal Democrats get to execute US citizens with a justice process?

    September 30, 2011 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • Duklips

      This guy was an enemy combatant, no different than an American citizen in WW II who might have deserted and fought for the Nazis. Would he have been entitled to due process?

      September 30, 2011 at 11:45 am | Reply
    • billy jester

      This guy got exactly what he deserved. Way to go Mr. President!!!!

      September 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • MJ

      I bet you didn't think it was cold-blooded murder when Bush was President and a drone strike killed Kamal Derwish, also a US citizen. Now, because Obama is President you claim its a violation of his due process. And what is this about the news media "allowing" Obama to do this? Since when does the president need the approval of the Media, they are usually the one's adding fuel to the rhetorical fire.

      September 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Reply
    • MS of NY

      Cold blooded murder ... my foot. This is exactly how you clean up the mess Bush left America in.

      September 30, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Reply
    • sk madison

      War is hell, my friend. There is no do process. You pick a side, and may the best man win. Sorry that's how it works.

      September 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • jean2009

      @ken Gee I didn't hear you complaining when Bush took out some of these murdering thugs. I didn't hear you fussing when some of them were housed at Guantanamo maybe never to see due process. Our military and our President have the right to take out those who are a threat to this country and our citizens.
      Obama-Biden 2012

      September 30, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  20. Pliny

    I hope he died slowly...and in excruciating pain.

    September 30, 2011 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • UncleSam83

      That’s very racist and religiously derogatory

      September 30, 2011 at 11:38 am | Reply
      • ABU MEU SACO

        "Racist and religiously derogatory"
        I'm ok with that, I hope so too.

        September 30, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
      • Charlie

        It may be a sadistic comment (justified or not), but it is neither rascist nor religiously derogatory.

        September 30, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
      • UncleSam83

        I was being facetious again.... read this idiots comments below

        September 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • Jim hoogins

      My mom said that this terrorist was a real nuissance, rest in pieces bitch!

      September 30, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  21. chip

    When the tagline said, 'This guy is very narcissistic' I thought for sure it was talking about President Obama.

    September 30, 2011 at 11:22 am | Reply
    • Pliny

      Chip.

      Is your first name "Cow"?

      You racist scum.

      September 30, 2011 at 11:31 am | Reply
      • CSMinDC

        How is chip's comment racist?

        September 30, 2011 at 11:33 am |
      • UncleSam83

        How is that racist? Thinking anything said about Barry is racially motivated is actually racist. Barry is a joke, and Im talking about his white and black sides

        September 30, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • CSMinDC

      So did I.

      September 30, 2011 at 11:32 am | Reply
    • Scott

      Ditto.

      September 30, 2011 at 11:37 am | Reply
  22. UncleSam83

    Obama has been very successful with taking out terrorists, but someone saying that Bush foreign counterterrorism policies shouldn’t be praised is uninformed. In 2008 Obama ignorantly ran against procedures such as waterboarding, Gitmo, & Rendition, which are still being employed today and have proven to be effective. Good job Obama and thank you Bush!

    September 30, 2011 at 11:09 am | Reply
    • oldpatriot

      Can you even recognize that the war on terror is nothing but a sham, devised by the Neo-cons to justify unending world wide war in the pursuit of their hegemonic empirical fantasies? It is irrelevant if Obama or GWB did this or that, the CIA is running the show and both of those idiots are nothing more than figure heads for the police/security state we live in. Go ahead and cheer the National Socialists leader while we all march to the figurative gas chambers.

      September 30, 2011 at 11:20 am | Reply
      • UncleSam83

        And 9/11 was a govt conspiricy

        September 30, 2011 at 11:31 am |
      • Really?

        Really dude? Go get your tin foil hat and baby monitors. Maybe you can pick up some of their chatter.

        September 30, 2011 at 11:49 am |
      • UncleSam83

        I was being facetious....

        September 30, 2011 at 11:52 am |
      • BC

        oldpatriot... of what? Not this country, that's obvious.

        And "hegemonic empirical fantasies", really? I'll give you "hegemonic", but the word empirical denotes information gained by means of observation or experiments, and makes as little sense in the context you used it in, as the conspiratorial rant that contains it.

        I think that they need to up your doses, and take your tinfoil hat away. They probably shouldn't be letting you play with electronics either, as you might electrocute yourself chewing on the cord.

        September 30, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
      • jean2009

        Obviously not an American patriot.

        September 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • Reason

      Um, I'm pretty sure Obama doesn't waterboard. I cannot believe people can condone torture.

      September 30, 2011 at 11:23 am | Reply
    • Jeff

      Thats not true – Obama had Holder draw up law to make waterboarding and a few other techniques for military and CIA illegal. That was done back on 09.

      September 30, 2011 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • Pliny

      You are an idiot, and should not be allowed near a keyboard.

      September 30, 2011 at 11:36 am | Reply
      • UncleSam83

        Instead of being rude, why dont you try making an intelligent remark on why I'm an "idiot"?

        September 30, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • Duklips

      Waterboarding: Did you see the 60 Minutes story about the FBI agent who interrogated Saddam? Saddam sang to him like a bird, and all the interrogator used were his wits and experience. There are also loads of capable interrogators in U.S. police departments. Also, remember what John McCain said about his being tortured in North Vietnam? He said that he gave false information after he "broke". Do you think terrorists are any less capable of using convincing lies to stop the pain?

      September 30, 2011 at 11:40 am | Reply
      • UncleSam83

        Information obtained by waterboarding of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed averted the destruction of Library Tower in LA

        September 30, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  23. Bill

    Let's just hope we can keep this search and destroy project going! So far we've just scratched the surface really, but with the demise of a few dozen more of their "opinion makers" and leadership we'll at least cut back on the attacks....maybe. Fact is, until they get away from radical Islamic mentality and seek to destroy us, the infidels, we're never going to be able to rest. Just look at Israel...they sleep with one eye open routinely!

    September 30, 2011 at 11:06 am | Reply
  24. lkl

    i hope he's having a fun time in hell..

    September 30, 2011 at 11:04 am | Reply
  25. RES

    To sononi: Giving bush the credit, Really? You are a close minded neo-con. You probably gave bush credit with mission accomplished when all he did was lead us into this mess. Then you cannot be objective enuf to give Obama credit on his watch.

    September 30, 2011 at 10:57 am | Reply
    • oldpatriot

      neither Bush not Obama deserve credit for anything beyond being the war mongering lunatics they are. Aerial assassination of an American citizen whom the government says is a terrorist but isn't never given a chance to tell the truth at trial. I'm not saying this guy was or wasn't the terrorist mastermind he is cast as in the news the important fact is that we (the US Citizens and the world) will never know the truth. Was he or wasnt he ? how can you prove it either way ?

      September 30, 2011 at 11:05 am | Reply
      • Concerned

        Perhaps the numerous links to known terrorists that have killed Americans. His inspiration to 3 of the 9/11 hijackers. Emails to Hasan encouraging him to kill as many service members as possible. Taped video and audio propaganda encouraging impressionable muslim males to take up arms against "the great Satan." I don't know about you but seems like a trial is a formality at this point. Perhaps we should put boots on the ground and endanger more American service member lives just to arrest this man, possibly broadening it into a fourth war in Yemen. This is part of what the CIA exists for. Gather intelligence on the baddies so that we can find them and take them out(kill or capture) in the least possible risky way to secure our way of life. I understand your idealism in this instance but the practicality of the reality dictate this was the right move.

        September 30, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
      • PR

        Are you frikkin kidding me? Yo have no right to use oldPatriot as your moniker. He has videos on youtube posted all over the internet trying to recruit, he publicly stated he wants to attack Americans. What country are you an "oldpatriot" of, Yemen? You are totally disgusting if you think this guy deserved a trial whether he's American or not, and I consider myself a social liberal.

        September 30, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
      • roadrager1

        Jeez, just look at any of the video this lunatic made you, moron.

        September 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
      • jean2009

        You seem to be as nuts and this terrorist nut job.

        September 30, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  26. heywood jablome

    Good.....now I can go to Yemen on vacation. Oh the warm climate.....the beer and pork chops....I'll need to read my Quran and wipe with my left hand whilst facing Mecca! Now I can go over there and open up my dream business.... Hard-Rock-Cafe with free pork and liquor and lots of naked women. Ahhhhh the beautiful Arabian Peninsula.....home of broads covered from head-to-toe in whatever they call those black robe thingys. At least I can get a better deal on a new Mercedes.....! RIP you POS scumbag....now what are your 13 wives going to do

    September 30, 2011 at 10:49 am | Reply
  27. Dems - Mission Accomplished

    incomeathome.com try it, stop wasting time

    September 30, 2011 at 10:45 am | Reply
  28. Voice of Reason

    Unfortunately, this world that we live in can be very violent. In this case I see no other viable option. Anwar al-Awlaki supported and fueled violence against civilians making himself a legitmate target. We reap what we sow. Ironic, that I first learned that concept a child in a Catholic school's religion class.

    September 30, 2011 at 10:42 am | Reply
    • oldpatriot

      Yet you have zero evidence beyond this new article on US government controlled media outlet. Just like Osama we didn't see the body, we don't hear the rebuttal in court, we never see the evidence. From what I know of this situation it appears the CIA and DoD committed an assassination of an American citizen on foreign soil.

      September 30, 2011 at 11:08 am | Reply
      • reACTIONary

        RE: From what I know of this situation it appears the CIA and DoD committed an assassination of an American citizen on foreign soil.

        That is exactly what happened, and no one, especially the government, is trying to present it any differently. The guy has been on the CIA "Kill or Capture" list for a long time and that is very public knowledge. CNN is not "government controled media" and there is a lot of publically verifiable informations about this guy that would lead anyone to conclude he was exactly what the CIA says he was.

        September 30, 2011 at 11:26 am |
      • Voice of Reason

        Really? Do some educating of yourself. Look into some of Al-Awlaki's quotes.

        Also, if the US controls the media, then why did Nixon allow the Watergate scandal to get out which got him impeached, why did Clinton allow the Lewinski scandal to get out (which got him impeached). Why has Obama's aunt (who is an illegal citizen, living in govermnet suvsidizinghousing) all over the news? Govenmment controlled media?! Ha!!

        You exposed yourself as either a troll, a conspiracy theory nut-case, or just a dope.

        Bin-Laden was a terrorist and is now dead. Al-Awlaki was a terrorist and is now dead.

        September 30, 2011 at 11:32 am |
      • jean2009

        Naw.... I think it goes deeper than that, I think oldpatriot is a full blown racist.

        September 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  29. Barry G.

    Anwar al-Awlaki is (was) a disgrace and an embarrassment to the US.

    Well done, CIA.

    September 30, 2011 at 10:41 am | Reply
  30. Nique_mil

    One less and counting...

    September 30, 2011 at 10:35 am | Reply
  31. Dems - Mission Accomplished

    Once again its democrats who get the job done. More done in two years than 20 years combined for neo cons. The way to win this thing is fire every self professed republican, suspend elections, replace any standing elected neo cons with anyone else, replace every repub in millitary with anyone else. It will be 'mission accomplished' is 2 weeks !

    September 30, 2011 at 10:34 am | Reply
    • melvinslizard

      you're an idiot. BTW, was Clinton a neocon? 'cuz he's about 40 % of the last 20 years...

      September 30, 2011 at 10:50 am | Reply
    • Voice of Reason

      You do realized that is was during the Clinton administration that Al Qaida was allowed to flurish, unchecked. Right?

      September 30, 2011 at 10:50 am | Reply
      • weDontNeedAnotherTexassDoofusPresident

        No US president EVER does anything when it is wise... they ALL take bold action ONLY when the need is so obvious that the stupid public will go along with it. Blame the public. Now let's praise Ollie and hope Al-Aw-lackie finds his 52 virgin billie-goats

        September 30, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • Muhammed

      RE: Dems – Mission Accomplished
      Why must everthing be Dems/Repubs? Thats the problem w/the US today....as far as your post about DEMS doing more in 20 years etc...etc....are you referring to when Bill Clinton (good pres) lobbed a few tomahawks at a tent in the desert to go after Bin Laden, or do you mean when Reagan won the cold war via economic strategies and military actions? People like you are the problem...you have no clue what your talking about...and your opinions permeate...

      September 30, 2011 at 10:54 am | Reply
      • zach

        couldnt have said it better myself muhammed! this country is way too divided to move forward and make progress...a bad man died after organizing and rallying terrorists and the UNITED STATES MILITARY/INTELLIGENCE took him out...no donkeys or elephants about it..

        September 30, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • roadrager1

      You need a dose of reality, All of this could have been avoided had Clinton just plainly accept OBL's head on a silver platter.

      September 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Reply
      • jean2009

        Gee...if that was the case then why didn't Bush do it post haste? Why did it take another 10 years for Obama to come along and get the job done?

        September 30, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  32. SONONI

    Thanks to President Bush's plans we are still able to exterminate these guys. It would not have mattered if Mickey Mouse was president at this time these guys were gonna be caught. THANK YOU PRESIDENT BUSH.
    ROMNEY IN 2012

    September 30, 2011 at 10:28 am | Reply
    • Duane

      Sounds great to me.........and bring back waterboading.....how can scaring the crap out of someone be torture? You libs are sissies......

      September 30, 2011 at 10:36 am | Reply
      • Steve

        Water-boarding: maybe you should try it first. Check out Hitchen's article on his first hand experience with the "technique":

        http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2008/08/hitchens200808.

        Video is also available. Whether or not you believe in using it, at least acknowledge what it is: torture.

        Note the disclaimer that has to be signed for those who want to go through b.s.: “Water boarding” is a potentially dangerous activity in which the participant can receive serious and permanent (physical, emotional and psychological) injuries and even death, including injuries and death due to the respiratory and neurological systems of the body." << Sound like a fun game or torture?

        September 30, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • Nique_mil

      At least you should give credit for the Obama administration for keeping the pressure on. Talk with any Republican in the Senate and they will, even if whispering, tell you that this administration has assembled a terrific team to lead this country's military and intelligence affairs. Congrats, Obama! Congrats, US!

      September 30, 2011 at 10:39 am | Reply
    • Martin

      You must thank Bush for allowing the airlifting of thousands of Pakistani ISI trainer and key Pak terrorists before bombing Afganistan. Bush focused elsewhere than Af-Pak.

      September 30, 2011 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • Mike

      Yes, President Bush was responsible for keeping the US safe the past three years, and quite obviously killed Bin Laden. He is also responsible for the economic success the US has continued to enjoy and the job creation that has occurred here.

      September 30, 2011 at 10:43 am | Reply
      • Big Ern

        Spot. On. Brother.

        September 30, 2011 at 11:10 am |
      • Zzzzzzz

        Mike, I agree with all that you said but my post wasn't in response to you, as you can tell by the way it's indented. My reply was to the following...

        SONONI

        Thanks to President Bush's plans we are still able to exterminate these guys. It would not have mattered if Mickey Mouse was president at this time these guys were gonna be caught. THANK YOU PRESIDENT BUSH.
        ROMNEY IN 2012

        September 30, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • Zzzzzzz

      Then thank President Bush for our current economic state of affairs. He's a lot more responsible for that than the killings of these terrorists.

      September 30, 2011 at 10:43 am | Reply
      • Mike

        My post was sarcastic, Zzzzzz. The OP is clearly living in an echo chamber and not with the rest of us out here in what I like to call reality. The Bush presidency did some things right, but caused enormous long term harm to the US economy, state economies, and US prestige overseas. I lived overseas from 1995-2006, and the US went from being seen as a respected symbol of democratic principles to a self absorbed bully that acted without principle or restraint. Obviously you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet, and al-quaeda had to be taken out, but the Bush administration's approach was in many ways catastrophic. And I'm in no way liberal.

        September 30, 2011 at 11:07 am |
      • weDontNeedAnotherTexassDoofusPresident

        Though Dubbya is a doofus, the dumb-o-cratic congress during his incompetent final term is half responsible for our economic mess. But Doofus... I mean Dubbya triggered the collapse by wasting billions in a bogus war in Iraq that his poorly-chosen advisers said was a good idea. What a moron! But don't count on voters to grasp that. Our ignorant public give the prez all the credit or blame.

        September 30, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • oldpatriot

      The last thing we need as a country is more neo-con idiots like you. Cheering on the perpetuation of war, the destruction of human life and the lies of the government isn't patriotism its jingoism pure and simple. Ron Paul called it correctly when he said that 9/11 was blowback from all of our ill advised foreign adventures of conquest. Someone like you will never understand why war is wrong, why we should not be killing people around the world and that we will eventually pay the price for our bad behavior!

      September 30, 2011 at 11:14 am | Reply
      • roadrager1

        old patriot, soounds like you should be telling this to the Islamist Nutcases who want to kill you.

        September 30, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • jean2009

      Obama-Biden 2012

      September 30, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  33. killemall

    Why is the Obama administration so complacent in getting rid of this dirt??? We should bomb in wholesale fashion this garbage that is allowed to suck up good oxygen in masses daily...nothing in this part of the world where these vermine live should be allowed to remain. These are animals and all need to be dispatched into the next realm ASAP! The US spends entirely too much time "analyzing" them and letting these "people" live on!!! Why would anyone take time to actually ponder how narcissistic this piece of filfth is???

    September 30, 2011 at 10:25 am | Reply
    • Mike

      My good man, have you ever had contact with an individual from ANY country besides your own? Something tells me you'd even be suspicious of the English, and favor bombing them for using 'them there big terrrrrist soundin' words'. Well, perhaps extolling the virtues of wholesale extermination is the domain of the unimaginative fear monger.

      September 30, 2011 at 10:57 am | Reply
    • weDontNeedAnotherTexassDoofusPresident

      How about if we bomb the town that raised a moron like you instead?

      September 30, 2011 at 11:09 am | Reply
    • Mike124

      Killemall, you should be ashamed of yourself for advocating genocide against millions of people. What you are suggesting is morally no different than Hitler's ideas and actions .... or, for that matter, those of bin Laden or al-Awlaki. Would your mother and father be proud that you harbor such evil thoughts?

      September 30, 2011 at 11:16 am | Reply
    • Amercian Pie

      I'd like to slice your head off with a butter knife.

      September 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  34. Death

    sucks, one way or the other. Can't we just play chess?

    September 30, 2011 at 10:25 am | Reply
  35. Brian

    If only the Bush administration had scored as many kills against terrorist scum. 4 more years. Bravobamma

    September 30, 2011 at 10:21 am | Reply
    • killemall

      Bravo Obama??? Obama is one of 'em himself!!!

      September 30, 2011 at 10:26 am | Reply
      • Howard

        @ killemall ... when was the last time you had your head candled?

        September 30, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • SONONI

      Shouldnt you be in school?

      September 30, 2011 at 10:29 am | Reply
    • Duane

      No chance he is coming back.....he's like a dear in the headlights.....clueless. You libs would have a much better chance getting Hillary in there.

      September 30, 2011 at 10:33 am | Reply
      • Martin

        No way Bama need to come back. We need some Billy boy or Micky mouse to run this country.

        September 30, 2011 at 10:43 am |
      • Zzzzzzz

        A "dear" in the headlights huh? ...and to top it off, you follow that with the word "clueless"?

        September 30, 2011 at 10:47 am |
      • Mike

        "He's like a dear in headlights"? Well, yeah, he is dear to many. Thanks for pointing that out. You used kind of a weird anology though.

        September 30, 2011 at 10:49 am |
    • melvinslizard

      dumb-da-dumb-dumb-DUUUMB

      September 30, 2011 at 10:46 am | Reply
  36. FatSean

    Sounds like Iran is ready for some turn-about!

    September 30, 2011 at 10:18 am | Reply
  37. Fupped duck

    So long funny man!

    September 30, 2011 at 10:16 am | Reply

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