“if this is defense, what does offense look like?”

BBC: US-born radical Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a key al-Qaeda leader, has been killed in Yemen, the country’s defence ministry said. Unnamed US officials confirmed the reports, but have not provided details. Awlaki, of Yemeni descent, has been on the run in Yemen since December 2007. The US had named him a “specially designated global terrorist” for his alleged role in a number of attacks and US President Barack Obama is said to have personally ordered his killing. More here

Jake Tapper: The list of senior terrorists killed during the Obama presidency is fairly extensive:

Osama bin Laden in May …. Anwar al-Awlaki today …. Earlier this month al Qaeda’s chief of Pakistan operations, Abu Hafs al-Shahri  …. In August, ‘Atiyah ‘Abd al-Rahman, the deputy leader of al Qaeda…

In June, one of the group’s most dangerous commanders, Ilyas Kashmiri … In Yemen that same month, AQAP senior operatives Ammar al-Wa’ili, Abu Ali al-Harithi, and Ali Saleh Farhan ….. In Somalia, Al-Qa’ida in East Africa (AQEA) senior leader Harun Fazul….

…. Going back to August 2009, Tehrik e-Taliban Pakistan leader Baitullah Mahsud was killed in Pakistan …. In September of that month, Jemayah Islamiya operational planner Noordin Muhammad Top was killed in Indonesia, and AQEA planner Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan was killed in Somalia .. Then in December 2009 in Pakistan, al Qaeda operational commanders Saleh al-Somali and ‘Abdallah Sa’id were killed.

In February 2010, in Pakistan,  Taliban deputy and military commander Abdul Ghani Beradar was captured; Haqqani network commander Muhammad Haqqani was killed; and Lashkar-e Jhangvi leader Qari Zafar was killed …. In March 2010, al Qaeda operative Hussein al-Yemeni was killed in Pakistan, while senior Jemayah Islamiya operative Dulmatin was killed during a raid in Indonesia.

In April 2010, al Qaeda in Iraq leaders Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi were killed …. In May, al Qaeda’s number three commander, Sheik Saeed al-Masri was killed …. In June 2010 in Pakistan, al Qaeda commander Hamza al-Jawfi was killed.

Remember when Rudy Giuliani warned that electing Barack Obama would mean that the U.S. played defense, not offense, against the terrorists?

If this is defense, what does offense look like?

62 Responses to ““if this is defense, what does offense look like?””

  1. 1 LOL
    September 30, 2011 at 7:56 am

    “…more important than bin laden”…..Enough said.

  2. 2 Bill
    September 30, 2011 at 8:01 am

    This will upset the people at Salon. I can hear Glenn Greenwald now.

  3. September 30, 2011 at 8:11 am

    It’s hard being an Al queda leader these days, Oh, dear.

    • September 30, 2011 at 9:56 am

      Bumper sticker: President Obama Kills Terrorists.

      Just like he kills flies: with a calm, steady determination. These are qualities I like in a leader.

      • 6 Mel
        September 30, 2011 at 10:47 am

        PBO is killing terrorist softly. oh I remember they were saying that Obama was not going to be able to answerd
        the 3 AM call ha, ha. ha. ha i will vote for this man 100000000000 over and over.

        • September 30, 2011 at 11:02 am

          Mel our President doesn’t wait for the 3 A.M. phone, He makes his own call loud and clear.His call message you hurt Americans get ready to kiss your life Goodbye your days are numbered because I will getcha.

        • 8 nathkatun7
          September 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm

          Our President is quietly, but decisively, getting the job done. Like you, even if everyone abandoned him, I will still vote for him.

    • September 30, 2011 at 9:58 am

      I am so very proud of our *Beloved* President, In *MANY* of his accomplishments In three years. Our President Isn’t letting grass grow under his feet. I tell you, bit by bit, piece by piece, he’s getting a LOT of things done. He’s multi tasking, doing many things at the same time, and he’s oh so very cool while doing so. I just love you President Obama, I just love you 🙂 🙂 Just look how he’s peeling Al Quaeda Members off, one by one. It sure does make me feel confident, that our Prez Is eliminating our enemies slowly, but steady

  4. September 30, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Well this puts it out there for the World to see do not GET THIS PRESIDENT MAD BECAUSE HE WILL GET YOU WHERE EVER YOU ARE.THE MOST FAMOUS WORDS EVER SPOKEN AND I “WHEN I GET ACTIONABLE INFORMATION I WILL ACT” So rethugs put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  5. 15 donna dem 4 obama
    September 30, 2011 at 8:25 am

    This President has been focused from day one on eradicating Al Queda. When GWB let us get hit by Al Queda he got a huge bump in approval. All the way up to 80% and it stayed there for quite a while. This President kills the people who attacked us and well you know the rest……Sometimes I get so disgusted with this country.

  6. 16 Fred
    September 30, 2011 at 8:28 am

    😀 hoorayy Mr President hooofuckingray 😀

    gawd knows I jumped out of bed after one of the most hellish nights I’ve had in months when I saw this on my tv screen 😀

    so happy and proud of the Special Forces;the Pentagon;the CIA and YOU Mr President.

    Mr President this is another victory for the Special Forces;Pentagon;CIA and YOUR victory so PLEASE come out and take a bow.Do NOT me humble and modest anymore.

    Let the haters hate and talk and try to give Bush credit when credit is NOT due like Fran Townsend and Peter King were doing on TeaNN and keep on moving 🙄

    I am proud of you and grateful to have you.For all your persistence;courage;energy;focus;calm;patience;good health;intelligence;hard work and dedication I am thankful and I THANK God.

  7. 18 Bobfr
    September 30, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    #TheObamaDiary ‘major blow to al quaeda’ bit.ly/q8vgy0 Thank you #PresidentObama #PRESSON @whitehouse


  8. 19 donna dem 4 obama
    September 30, 2011 at 8:30 am

    TGIF TOD’ville

    It’s “D” Day on the Fundraising Challenge. I’m not sure what’s happening with the numbers for #2 (based on their dollar amount raised I can’t believe those numbers are correct) but I’m going to just keep Pressing On for donations right up until midnight tonight.


    My donation link:

    Thank you all from the bottom and the top of my heart.

    Have a great productive O’Day Everyone!

  9. 22 Don
    September 30, 2011 at 8:31 am

    This is about the second or third time I’ve awaken to hear about another al Qaeda leader getting to meet his 72 virgins. Maybe we should refer to President Obama as “Don Obama.”

    • 23 utaustinliberal
      September 30, 2011 at 10:29 am

      Hahaha. I woke up to this news also. Terrorist leaders and the GOP should be very very careful when PBO goes golfing. He always pulls something mega out of his sleeves. He just went golfing with Bill Clinton and Bill Daley and …….BAM! another Al Quaida leader is kaput.

    • 24 PoliticalJunkessa
      September 30, 2011 at 10:36 am


  10. 25 hopefruit2
    September 30, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Disrupt, Dismantle, and Defeat Al Quaeda.

    The job is getting done.

    • 26 Me4obama
      September 30, 2011 at 9:08 am

      And he is NOT out there pumping his Chest. This man is unbelievable. Change you can believe in. Obama/Biden 2012

    • September 30, 2011 at 9:41 am

      ‘The job is getting done.’

      Step by step. Our President is a MAN of his word. If I were Republican senators I’d review the President’s words from way back, instead of deluding myself that a calm demeanor signifies naivete or weakness.

  11. 28 Me4obama
    September 30, 2011 at 9:06 am

    So much for Chris christie calling him a by stander then the next day he orders the killing of the MOST dangerous terrorist in the world. NEVER f**k with Barack he will Barack the HELL out of Ya.

  12. 30 Lorraine
    September 30, 2011 at 9:08 am

    These Islamic terrorists should realize that under the Obama Administration when you kill Americans you will be hunted and eliminated.

  13. 32 proudmemberofglobalzero
    September 30, 2011 at 9:08 am

    What I can’t believe that the new Gallup poll has the GOP ahead on Terrorism and the Economy. Who the hell are these people talking too?

    9/11 and the crash of 2008 happened on the GOP’s watch….This President has done everything and MORE!

    Really, can anyone answer this…who the hell are they polling

    • 33 hopefruit2
      September 30, 2011 at 9:28 am

      Please take these media-manipulated polls with a grain of aalt. Right now I view most polls (since 2009) as slanted pro-Republican propaganda. The pollsters manipulate the questions and obtain a desired response and the MEDIA then presents the “results” in a manner that would put the GOP in as good a light as possible while putting the President in a worse possible light.

      I was polled by Quinnipiac a few days ago and one of the questions they asked was whether you were satisfied with the direction this country is going? There was no context or other follow-up question about the reason for how you felt. I took the time to tell the pollster that I was very aware that the “yes-no” forced dichotomy can be extremely misleading because the media will invariably present a negative response as a direct reflection on the President when that may not be the primary reason for dissatisfaction with the country’s direction.

      • 34 dotster3
        September 30, 2011 at 10:03 am

        Yes, any pollster can get a desired result by the framing of the question. I would guess there is no one in the country entirely satisfied with the current state of affairs, but a big chunk of that is because of the total obstruction by the Republicans in Congress, their shameful party over country actions. And then the media translates the results as dissatisfaction with President Obama.

  14. 35 ChristiMtl
    September 30, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I just saw this on twitter:

    Sen Dem Whip Durbin tells Chicago station Dems don’t have votes yet for WH jobs bill.

    Do you guys know which D are against the bill??

    • September 30, 2011 at 9:50 am

      That is unbelievable! And they are constantly asking for money when they can’t stick together!

      • 37 ChristiMtl
        September 30, 2011 at 9:57 am

        I just checked for more info……….I feel bad for the President, how many times these so called Democrats stabbed him in the back,.

        ”“The oil-producing-state senators don’t like eliminating or reducing the subsidy for oil companies,” Durbin said. “There are some senators who are up for election who say ‘I’m never gonna vote for a tax increase while I’m up for election, even on the wealthiest people.’ So, we’re not gonna have 100 percent of Democratic senators. That’s why it needs to be bipartisan and I hope we can find some Republicans who will join us to make it happen.”

        I know Landrieu but who are the others?

    • September 30, 2011 at 9:57 am

      Are there any Rs in favor of it? This will become the mother of all fights because they know it will help PBO at this critical juncture.

    • September 30, 2011 at 10:03 am

      If I had to guess, I’d bet one of them has the last name of Nelson. And one of them’s name starts with the word “Lie.”

      But, it hardly matters, because McConnell will just have his causus filibuster the thing anyway. Now, that word has leaked that we’re not headed for a recession after all, the Republicans really have to get busy making us more miserable.

      Oh, goody! I just heard the news use the word “Assasination” in regards to this Al Qaeda guy. Hopefully the GOP will take that word and run with it to make Obama sound like an evil guy. Then the Emoprogs can rally around them.

      • 41 ChristiMtl
        September 30, 2011 at 10:05 am

        I just found a short list of the ones against the bill, I’m sure there’s more………..it’s very frustrating to say the least, who needs Republicans

        Representative Heath Shuler, North Carolina, Democrat.
        Senator Bob Casey, Pennsylvania, Democrat.
        Senator Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana, Democrat.
        Representative Peter A. DeFazio, Oregon, Democrat.
        Senator Joe Manchin III, West Virginia, Democrat.
        Senator Kay Hagan, North Carolina, Democrat.

    • 46 dotster3
      September 30, 2011 at 10:06 am

      He said it was Dems in the oil states who were balking, so I’m guessing Landrieu & co. again.

  15. September 30, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Good Morning, Everyone! It’s September 30th and a great day is already unfolding! 😆 😆 I’m alive and well. Ms Chips is doing her usual good job. The President continues to keep his word. Donna D gets her ‘crown’, I’m very happy; why are you? 😉

  16. 52 Fred
    September 30, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Perry sold himself as a “vocal” opponent of No Child Left Behind but back in 2002, Perry sang a different tune, happily accepting money from the Bush program and bragging in a press release that “Texas was a model for President Bush’s No Child Left Behind legislation.”


    Perry Praised No Child Left Behind Under Bush, Now Claims He Was A Vocal Opponent


    “Texas was a model for President Bush’s No Child Left Behind legislation, and we continue to lead the nation in innovative solutions to improve our schools,” Perry said. “The U.S. Department of Education’s stamp of approval means we can move forward with our plan to improve early childhood education, dropout prevention, teaching excellence, science education and our schools’ use of technology.” […]

    On Jan. 8, Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act, which authorizes federal education appropriations and increases the emphasis on accountability. Texas is set to receive $2.3 billion for K-12 education under the act, an increase of $397 million over the state’s current appropriation.


  17. 56 Fred
    September 30, 2011 at 10:23 am

    FEW bright spots in Perry’s medical record

    In the 10 years Mr. Perry has been governor, his critics say there have been few effective initiatives out of his office to increase either public or private health coverage significantly in Texas, where today an estimated 6.2 million people — one-quarter of the state’s population — are uninsured, including 1.3 million children.

    “He can pin the tail on the donkey and basically say ‘Romneycare’ was ‘Obamacare,’ ” said Dr. Ron Anderson, the president and chief executive of Parkland Health and Hospital System, Dallas’s public hospital and its main health care provider to the poor. “The truth is, they both need to be tweaked and improved. But we can’t tout the Texas model. At least Romney tried.”

    Texas enters the health insurance game at a disadvantage. Mr. Perry likes to remind voters that the state is responsible for more than 40 percent of new jobs created in America since June 2009. But many of those jobs are in the service industry, in agriculture, construction and the small-business sector, which either do not provide insurance or do not pay their workers enough to buy it. Texas Medicaid is austere — many low-income Texans who might qualify for public insurance in other states do not qualify in Texas.

    Just 50 percent of Texans get insurance through their employers, 10 percentage points below the national average. And though health insurance premiums in Texas are slightly below the national average, they have nearly doubled in the last decade. Despite suggestions that Texas’ illegal immigrants are to blame for the sky-high rate of the uninsured, they make up just one-sixth of the total, according to an analysis by the left-leaning Center for Public Policy Priorities, or C.P.P.P.

    Mr. Perry’s critics say the state’s Republican leadership has compounded the crisis by treating health coverage as a “gated community.” They have chipped away at Medicaid rates paid to physicians and providers, curbed eligibility for state health services in tough budget years, and cut financing for loan repayment and medical education for fledgling doctors.

    Mr. Perry and Republican leaders have fought efforts to roll out federal health reform in Texas. Meanwhile, the growing ranks of the uninsured have placed extraordinary burdens on Texas’ health care providers, including cash-strapped public hospitals and clinics.

    “Year after year, session after session, they’ve looked at health care not as an investment in our community but as something they resent doing, like a social welfare item,” said Kim Ross, a health policy consultant based in Austin.

    According to Mr. Perry’s staff, Texas provides an adequate safety net to those “truly in need.” But in 2003, in the face of a huge budget shortfall, he supported the Legislature’s decision to slash the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program, eliminating coverage for more than 200,000 children, or 40 percent of those enrolled. (It took seven years to restore CHIP enrollment to its pre-2003 level.)

    In another effort to cut costs that year, the state authorized privatizing the eligibility and enrollment systems for CHIP, Medicaid and food stamps, leading to mistaken rejections and much-delayed services. The projected savings never materialized, and the state was forced to cancel the contract.


  18. 57 PoliticalJunkessa
    September 30, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Can you imagine if THIS were the approach we took after 9/11? Targeted, special missions aimed at the ones actually responsible instead of ridiculous, costly, unfocused all-war in Iraq — we would have saved so much in lives, money, and goodwill. It’s devastating to even contemplate all we’ve lost.

  19. September 30, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Just saw this tweet:

    Join our Twitter flashmob and call out @SpeakerBoehner for being a #BoehnerFail on jobs! http://act.ly/4aq

    I say, we do!!

  20. 59 Fred
    September 30, 2011 at 10:36 am

    VIDEO: In Just Seconds, Perry Flips From Saying Social Security Is Unconstitutional To Claiming It ‘Is Going To Be There’

    Depending on the day, GOP presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry (TX) will claim — in words or in print — that Social Security is unconstitutional, a monstrous lie, or a Ponzi scheme. Or perhaps he’ll stuff a popover in his mouth to avoid saying what he thinks of Social Security. Or he may simply make the false claim that he’s never said Social Security is unconstitutional. Now, however, Perry is taking an entirely different approach — claiming that Social Security is unconstitutional and that it’s still “going to be there” after a Perry Administration

    Yesterday on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Perry was asked to pin down exactly what he thought of Social Security and what he would do to reform it. His answer is hardly a tribute to coherence:

    PERRY: What we talked about in the book was that this was one of many places where the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., or Congress or the president of the United States went well outside of what our Founding Fathers — but listen, Social Security is in place, that program is going to be there, it’s just got to be transformed, and that’s what we’re talking about doing.


  21. 60 utaustinliberal
    September 30, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Heads up guys: Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen is going to have a retirement ceremony today at 11AM EDT/ 10AM CDT / 8AM PDT and President Obama is going to attend. C-SPAN ONE will show the ceremony live.

  22. 61 kefauver
    September 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Oh, so this why the lefty program on my local college radio station was going off on the president’s authority to target us citizens at home and abroad who are known terrorists. I thought the firebagger on the radio was just going off on the president’s authority to do so. Nowhere in the 20 minutes of bluster did I hear that we actually eliminated Al – Awlaki. I think the program was “Democracy Now,” but not even that show dips to the frustrati depths that this d-bag did.

    Again, thank you President Obama for eliminating yet another threat to this country.

  23. 62 TrumpDog
    September 30, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Not bad for someone with no BALLLZZZZZ

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