Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Al Qaeda #2 killed in a drone attack: Will Obama get a grade bump from Professor Romney?

I can do this.
Various news outlets are reporting that Al Qaeda's deputy leader, Abu Yahya al-Libi, has been killed in a drone strike in northern Pakistan. This has, according to reports, been confirmed by an American official. The New York Times is referring to this as "the single biggest success in the controversial campaign's eight-year history in the country."

The official, quoted anonymously, described Mr. Libi as one of Al Qaeda's "most experienced and versatile leaders," and said he had "played a critical role in the groups planning against the West, providing oversight of the external operations efforts."

Whatever one may think of the drone program, and there are critics, I have to wonder if this would earn President Obama a little extra credit on the Mitt Romney grading index. You'll recall Romney gave Obama an "F" for his foreign policy performance. Might this push it up to a "D" or, dare we dream, a "C"? Oh, I'm sure President Obama hopes so. Wouldn't want to disappoint teacher.

(Cross-posted at Lippmann's Ghost.)

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  • Straying away from the controversies of drone programs, this seems like a heavy blow to Al Qaeda. From previous readings, Abu Yahya al-Libi had qualities about Him that no one could even come close to in regards to their religion and group. On the bright side though, this is a huge win for the U.S.

    By Anonymous Report Writer, at 4:12 PM  

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