The mixed reactions to al-Awlaki killing

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Anwar al-Awlaki in 2008
Anwar al-Awlaki in 2008
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The same special U.S. Military unit that directed the Navy SEALs raid that killed Osama bin Laden is getting credit for killing the al-Qaeda leader that the CIA says was the most dangerous.

An unmanned drone fired a missile into a caravan in Yemen killing Anwar Aw-Laki, an American born leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula who the CIA called the “most operational” of all al-Qaeda leaders.

U.S. intelligence officials told NBC news he had ties to the Christmas Day Bomber, the Fort Hood shooting, and the 9/11 hijackers.

U.S. officials said he kept a non-traditional religious lifestyle, he was recently dating a Croatian stripper and was arrested for soliciting prostitutes twice while living in San Diego in the ’90s.

In the words of an unnamed Pentagon official, “A very bad man just had a very bad day.” Ron Paul, however, sees it very differently.

“Al-Awlaki was born here, he is an American citizen. He was never tried or charged for any crimes,” the Republican presidential candidate said today. “No one knows if he killed anybody. We know he might have been associated with the underwear bomber. But if the American people accept this blindly and casually that we now have an accepted practice of the president assassinating people who he thinks are bad guys, I think it’s sad.”

And on the same day that President Obama’s administration killed another terrorist who was allowed to grow al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula under a Republican president, Gallup poll says more Americans trust Republicans to keep them safe from terrorism and the economy.
The mixed reactions to al-Awlaki killing

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The mixed reactions to al-Awlaki killing

Updated