Feigned Ignorance Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

A portion of a photo of Abdulrahman al-Awlaki from his Facebook memorial page.

After the US killed AQAP propagandist Samir Khan in a drone strike, the State Department made two calls to his family to express condolences. Doing so was probably the only way they could maintain the fiction his death was an accident, while still boasting about having killed Anwar al-Awlaki in the same strike. Nevertheless, the right wing has predictably gone apeshit over the apology.

Perhaps it’s because the US has seen no propaganda value in boasting about killing an American teenager. Perhaps they want to avoid similar bitching from the right.

But State appears to be adopting a different approach in the case of Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, the 16-year old son of Anwar al-Awlaki we killed last week. With Abdulrahman, State is feigning ignorance. (h/t JL)

We are aware of media reports that Abdulrahman al-Awlaki has been killed; however, we have not received confirmation of his death from the government of Yemen.

You see, the folks at State apparently don’t read the WaPo, much less FaceBook, and instead have to rely on getting this information from the Yemeni government we’ve surely instructed not to tell us this information. As a result, they have no way of knowing whether they’ve “accidentally” killed an American citizen too young to vote or even enlist without his dead father’s permission.

But hey! Their feigned ignorance means never having to say they’re sorry.

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emptywheel @ddayen Rumsfeldesque
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emptywheel @jefffreyspies Right. And yet no one is doing the "here's how the press reported on major threat for 10 years and Congress ignored it"
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bmaz @emptywheel Were you hacked by 20 Committee?
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emptywheel @doryphorus They're making baby steps, but I'd be interested in horse race story abt how politics ignored until white people died in big #s
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emptywheel @farlanewastaken Our politics (esp GOP POTUS) has been a reality show for at least 9 years. One more summer will kill us all of a sudden?
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emptywheel Is it me or does reporting on opium epidemic never get credited back to journos who did earliest work on it?
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emptywheel @ErrataRob I think "everyone" overstates this. Set of people obsessed about this is relatively small.
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emptywheel @PaddyJ1325 Classroom furniture was American made back then. Now the Chinese prolly make it nuke-and-hack vulnerable.
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emptywheel @PaddyJ1325 Yup, posted that earlier. Now it has me wondering where they found an integrated elementary school in 1951.
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