People rightfully may drone on about why President Obama couldn’t fix the economy even if Home Depot gave him a spiffy toolset.
But they can’t drone on about Obama not decimating al-Qaeda.
The killing of U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and another American militant propagandist in a U.S. drone strike today wipes out the decisive factor that made al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen the most dangerous threat to the United States: its reach into the West.
The other American killed in the air strike, Samir Khan, published a slick English-language Web magazine, “Inspire,” that spouted al-Qaeda’s ideology of attacks on Westerners and even gave how-to manuals on how to carry one out — like an article titled, “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.”
Nice guy, huh?
Coupled with the May killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, Obama has been a true superhero in fighting terrorism.
So why doesn’t he brag about it and start chest-bumping everybody in the Oval Office?
If George W. Bush had accomplished this, he would have worn out six pairs of jogging shoes taking a victory lap long enough to circle the globe.
Of course, already there are folks questioning the morality and ethics of assassinating, without due process, a U.S. citizen who has not been indicted for any crime and doing it in Yemen, where we are not currently waging war.
The reality is that the reality of today’s world of terror is no place to stage a morality play.