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Monday
Oct242011

Hillary Clinton Defends Obama’s Handling of National Security

The White House/Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Now that Osama bin Laden, Moammar Gadhafi and Anwar al-Awlaki have meet their end under President Obama’s term in office, how does Hillary Clinton feel about Obama’s ability to handle national security issues, namely those “3 a.m. calls” she implied he wouldn’t be able to handle during the 2008 presidential primary campaign?

“President Obama has passed with flying colors every leadership challenge,” Clinton said Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press.

Asked about her accusation during their heated battle for the Democratic nomination that Obama wouldn’t be able to handle emergencies, the secretary of state, who by many accounts works well with the president, defended her boss.

“I think this president has demonstrated that, in a still very dangerous world, it’s important to have someone at the helm of our country who understands how to manage what is an incredibly complex world now,” she said.  “Yes, we have a lot of threats, but we also have opportunities, and I think President Obama has grasped that and has performed extraordinarily well.”

But though she praised Obama, she declined to wade back into politics.

“I’m out of politics, as you know, David [Gregory, host of Meet the Press].  I don’t comment on it.  But I think Americans are going to want to know that they have a steady, experienced, smart hand on the tiller of the ship of state, and there’s no doubt that that’s Barack Obama,” she said.

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Wednesday
Oct052011

Ron Paul Says Obama Has Committed an Impeachable Offense

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Ron Paul expanded on his comments that the killing of a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist is an impeachable offense.

Paul, appearing on Fox News with host Megyn Kelly, denied that he directly raised the possibility, but said he was merely responding to a question.

He added that the precedent of killing an American citizen without a trial is “very serious.”

A local ABC affiliate reports that Paul was asked by a University of New Hampshire student on how Paul would hold Obama accountable for the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki. Paul said impeachment would be a possibility, but there should be an investigation that holds Obama responsible.

Paul’s comments on Monday upped the ante on a series of pointed remarks aimed at President Obama over the killing of al-Awlaki.

Last Friday he called the strike “sad” and added that it’s “not a good way to deal with our problems.”
“If the American people accept this blindly and casually -- have a precedent of an American president assassinating people who he thinks are bad -- I think it that’s sad,” he said.

Then in an op-ed piece published Sunday in the New York Daily News, Paul said “as president, I would have arrested Awlaki, brought him to the U.S., tried him and pushed for the stiffest punishment allowed by law.”

Paul wrote that he believes in the rule of law and the killing of al-Awlaki is the latest in a long line of unconstitutional acts by President Obama that includes military action in Libya and the president's controversial health care law.

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Monday
Oct032011

Ron Paul Scolds Obama on Killing of Anwar Al-Awlaki

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rep. Ron Paul expanded on his comments earlier this week critical of the Obama administration for the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

In an op-ed piece published in the New York Daily News, Paul said “as President, I would have arrested Awlaki, brought him to the U.S., tried him and pushed for the stiffest punishment allowed by law.”

Paul wrote that he believes in the rule of law and the killing of al-Awlaki is the latest in a long line of unconstitutional acts by President Obama that includes military action in Libya and health care reform.

Paul was asked on Friday about the death of the suspected terrorist at a campaign stop in New Hampshire.  He said the precedent of striking against Americans, even those suspected of being terrorist masterminds, is not a good one.

“If the American people accept this blindly and casually, have a precedent of an American president assassinating people who he thinks are bad, I think that’s sad,” he said.

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Friday
Sep302011

Obama: Al-Awlaki Killing a ‘Major Blow to Al Qaeda’

The White House(FORT MYER, Va.) -- In the first White House reaction to the killing of radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, President Obama said Friday that Awlaki’s death “is a major blow to al Qaeda’s most active operational affiliate.”

“Make no mistake, this is further proof that al Qaeda and its affiliates will find no safe haven anywhere in the world,” Obama said of the news that Awlaki was killed in Yemen overnight. “Working with Yemen and our other allies, we will be determined, we will be deliberate, we will be relentless, we will be resolute in our commitment to destroy terrorist networks that aim to kill Americans.”

The U.S.-born jihadist rose to prominence as chief of external operations for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and was instrumental in motivating several jihadist attacks on the United States, including the Fort Hood Massacre, the attempted Christmas Day bombing and the foiled Times Square bomb plot.

“He took the lead in planning and directing efforts to murder innocent Americans,” Obama said at the “Change of Office” ceremony for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at Fort Myer in Virginia.

The Obama administration has had Awlaki in its sights for some time, and initially thought it might kill him on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. In April 2010, the American became the first U.S. citizen ever placed on a White House-approved list for targeted killing.

The president praised the intelligence community for this success and the efforts of Yemen and its security forces, which have worked closely with the United States.

“[Awlaki's] hateful ideology and targeting of innocent civilians have been rejected by the vast majority of Muslims and peoples of all faiths. He has met his demise because the government and the people of Yemen have joined the international community in a common effort against al Qaeda,” Obama said.

Awlaki now joins a long list of terrorists killed under Obama’s watch, including most notably Osama bin Laden.

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