Jun. 4, 2014

Obama Decides: Life or Death?

Ben Shapiro on Obama’s curious exchange.

Ben Shapiro: “On Sept. 30, 2011, two American Predator drones based out of a Saudi Arabian CIA facility swept into Yemen and fired Hellfire missiles at a car containing terrorist and American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. He was killed. So, too, was terrorist buddy Samir Khan, an American born in Saudi Arabia. … Last Saturday, Obama announced that the United States had traded five Taliban terrorist leaders in exchange for American Sgt. [sic] Bowe Bergdahl. As the days passed, it became clear that Bergdahl was no American hero: he was, in fact, a deserter. … Obama immediately signaled that Bergdahl’s status as an American was an overriding factor in bartering terrorists for his release. … The point here is not that Bergdahl should have been droned, or that al-Awlaki shouldn’t have been. The point is that the president of the United States now has the apparent authority to determine whether or not someone deserves to live – indeed, whether he deserves to be hit with a Hellfire missile or whether we should exchange high-level terrorists for him.”

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