May 29th, 2012
08:35 PM ET

President as Grim Reaper

The White House defended President Obama’s direct involvement in the controversial drone program Tuesday.

“This president's first priority is the protection of the United States, protection of the citizens of this country, and he takes that responsibility enormously seriously,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. “And that is why he has pursued the fight against al Qaeda in the very direct way that he has.”

New details in a New York Times story show that Obama is intimately involved in discussions over which suspected terrorists to target next.

CNN's Chris Lawrence reports.

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Gregory Faith

    Deciding who lives and dies is part of the job. Period. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen and let someone else do it. Rommney.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  2. Spectator

    So if the 17 year old is in school, send a drone to bomb the entire school? Smart. Where does it end? And if an American is on the list, he should be treated as a spy or traitor. At the very least a criminal. What proof do they have? Another jihadi giving names to spare himself torture? Hearsay doesn't hold up in court. Scary times.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
    • Clinton

      Spectator... would you shut up already, your points are stupid.. you throw out hypotheticals and try to act like you know what the CIA and Military know about the targets in question. If given the chance in 1939 to kill Hitler but you had to drop a drone into the room he's in which could have innocent bystandards in it, would you do it? OF F!@#$ING course you would, because Adolf Hitler ended up being responsible for the death's of MILLIONS... See ... You can throw hypotheticals around all day. You're just jumping to conclusions that the US is evil and we're the bad guy and blah blah blah... Because you're a whiney b!tch that doesn't know what the hell he's talking about. War isn't pretty, innocents do die, guess what, when you're facing an evil that didn't think twice about flying planes into civilian buildings and killing thousands of OUR people, you have to be able to make hard decisions that WILL cause harm to inoccent people, because it's impossible to fight a war without collateral damage.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  3. Spectator

    If you can't confirm who your target is, you shouldn't kill them. I don't see how this is right. Protect the innocent. Bring justice to the enemy. Vengeance is God's.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
    • suckerforlove

      this no good mf er does not believe in God, please everyone figure out what is going on

      May 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  4. suckerforlove

    ive seen it all in the sky, weather manipulation big time, but there are many facets to what is going on. we have been militarized and sprayed

    May 30, 2012 at 10:53 am | Reply
    • Clinton

      Sucker – the only chemical on you is the chemicals from your meth lab... quit being a psychotic nutjob and maybe people will take you seriously.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • Bush

      Sucker, I'll tell you what's going on:
      the singularity is already happening and the AI (the real decision maker) will use these drones to control all humans.
      Soon there will be more advanced and autonomous robots around and worse of all Arnold will have to time-travel again to stop himself!

      June 6, 2012 at 5:41 am | Reply
  5. suckerforlove

    we're in big trouble, i live under a cloud cover and a bubble every day, the drones are already here, baltimore has been turned into a military zone, we are the ss corridor and nobody is paying attention to the skies, look up people! I don;t know how the FAA is controlling all of the military activity, the only thing i can think about that is that the faa is the cia. crap is going down i believe 100% that we have had biological agents used on us ....... the saga continues

    May 30, 2012 at 10:47 am | Reply
    • Clinton

      Damn Suckerforlove, You need to put down the Meth Pipe.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  6. michaelfury

    May 30, 2012 at 7:40 am | Reply
  7. MJ

    Where's the outrage over Obama wanting to murder a 17 year old girl? A crime that we punished Charles Taylor for just yesterday!

    May 30, 2012 at 7:39 am | Reply

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