Tom Junod Says the Blood of American Teen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki On the Head of President Obama Who Ordered Drone Attack

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Tom Junod Says the Blood of American Teen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki On the Head of President Obama Who Ordered Drone Attack (Esquire Magazine)

Tom Junod wrote an article, “The Lethal Presidency of Barack Obama,” in Esquire Magazine saying the blood of American Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, 16, was killed in a drone strike ordered by President Obama. Junod said the killing of the son of the alleged terrorist, Anwar al-Awlaki, seems to have been an accident, but contradicts the narrative that the Obama administration says it’s careful when ordering such strikes to avoid the innocent. In other words, he deems Barack Obama’s presidency as lethal. He maintains that the Obama administration should not be allowed to keep the killing of an American citizen secret.

His name was American Abdulrahman al-Awlaki and he was 16 years old when he died — when he was killed by a drone strike in Yemen, by the light of the moon. He was the son of Anwar al-Awlaki, who was also born in America, who was also an American citizen, and who was killed by drone two weeks before his son was, along with another American citizen named Samir Khan. Of course, both Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan were, at the very least, traitors to their country — they had both gone to Yemen and taken up with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and al-Awlaki had proven himself an expert inciter of those with murderous designs against America and Americans: the rare man of words who could be said to have a body count. When he was killed, on September 30, 2011, President Obama made a speech about it; a few months later, when the Obama administraton’s public-relations campaign about its embrace of what has come to be called “targeted killing” reached its climax in a front-page story in the New York Times that presented the President of the United States as the last word in deciding who lives and who dies, he was quoted as saying that the decision to put Anwar al-Awlaki on the kill list — and then to kill him — was “an easy one.”


The Obama Administration has never formally acknowledged its role in either death, but it has leaked a tremendous amount of information about its decision to target Anwar al-Awlaki because its decision to target Anwar al-Awlaki has evolved into something like “an Obama doctrine” when it comes to targeted killing. The idea that American citizenship is no more a refuge against the attacks of American drones than farflung geography; the idea that the secret deliberations of the executive branch count as “due process” even when an American citizen is being considered for execution without trial; the idea, indeed, that “due process does not guarantee judicial process”: all these ideas have entered the public sphere largely because the Obama administration made the extraordinary decision to target and kill an American citizen named Anwar al-Awlaki. Source: Esquire Magazine

He appeared on CNN Newsroom and Brooke Baldwin asked him if he thinks President Obama murdered  Abdulrahman al-Awlaki through the drone program. Tom Junod replied, “President Obama killed this teen through a program that has expanded the use of killing in a reckless manner.” So now we are calling President Obama a murderer. Wow. Tom Junod is coddling the legacy of a terrorist, Anwar al-Awlaki, who wanted to see harm come to his native country.

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    Tom Junod is coddling the legacy of a terrorist, Anwar al-Awlaki, who wanted to see harm come to his native country.

    Janet – I have to accept this blurb as your “analysis” of the entire article.

    Why is it NOW that you believe that seeking DUE PROCESS for “Terror Suspects” amounts to CODDLING?

    What this your editorial position as we debated “torture” or “Camp Gitmo”?

  • Johann Auguste Sauser

    [first, i’m a french speaker, sorry for my English] I’m always to learn about that kind of collateral damages. But still the drones are doing an excellent work and are way better than any other alternative on ground. There is no doubt that Anwar al-Awlaki was a terrorist. In my opinion, he carries the whole responsibility of his son’s death. What disgust me with that kind of articles, is that when a strike happens against Occident, people is bashing the presidents for their inactivity. IMHO, Obama uses the available tools to get rid of some dangerous terrorist. If you’ve a cleaner way to do it, I’m pretty sure he’d be interested in listening to you [I’d also be]. Cheers. J-A