The Damage Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki Was Collateral To? Not Dead.

I’m not sure which details from Michelle Shephard’s story on 16-year old Adbulrahman Al-Awlaki’s death in a US drone strike are most compelling. I find the description of the carnival rides Abdulrahman snuck past as he ran away from home to go look for his father haunting.

Abdulrahman al Awlaki crossed the front yard past potted plants and a carnival ride graveyard — Dumbo, Donald Duck, an arched seal balancing a beach ball — debris from his uncle Omar’s failed business venture to install rides in local shopping malls.

I’m intrigued by the report that Ali Abdullah Saleh denied to Nasser al-Awlaki, Adbulrahman’s grandfather and Anwar’s father, that he had any role in Anwar’s death.

“(Deposed Yemeni president) Saleh sent me a message through the former prime minister that said, ‘Tell Dr. Nasser I swear to God that I have nothing to do with the killing of his son,’ ” Nasser said.

By far the most infuriating, however, is the juxtaposition of Leon Panetta’s boasts of how accurate the targeting on these drone strikes are with Shephard’s reminder of the previously reported news that the claimed target of the strike that killed Abdulrahman, Ibrahim al Bana, was not killed in the attack.

It later emerged, but was not widely reported, that the strike did not kill its purported target, AQAP’s media chief, Egyptian Ibrahim al Bana.

[snip]

Defence Secretary Leon Panetta responded to questions about drone use during a 2009 public appearance when he was the head of the CIA.

“I think it does suffice to say that these operations have been very effective because they have been very precise in terms of the targeting and it involved a minimum of collateral damage,” he said.

That’s what we call American teenagers now: a minimum of collateral damage. To a target that our purportedly precise targeting somehow missed.

Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Reddit0Share on Facebook0Google+0Email to someone

7 Responses to The Damage Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki Was Collateral To? Not Dead.

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
Emptywheel Twitterverse
emptywheel @weems Oh no, he is. The goal is to create a crisis and use it. @robertcaruso's just playing along. @Krhawkins5
57mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @Pachacutec_ @msbellows @JoeSudbay Bring me this treasure, Inca God!!
3hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @walterwkatz @PhilPerspective Oh man, +1000 on that.
3hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @yaelwrites She, like all the girls here, does not listen to me in the slightest. cc: @emptywheel
3hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @ncardozo hahahhahaha!
3hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz My wife has a Chucky Gruden doll from her childhood she will not let me shoot into the heat of the burning sun. http://t.co/4oHe3efIp5
3hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @ncweaver Said this yesterday, but I DO understand the legal front AND I've taught Kafka and yet... I bombed too.
4hreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV RT @SECNetwork: The Florida #Gators are back in the #SECTourney Championship! FINAL: @GatorzoneBB 2 | LSU 1 http://t.co/nFEIGmbTMK
5hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @Popehat Yo, me either I mean, can you imagine having a lampshade on YOUR neck?? I'd kill someone who did that to me.
5hreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV RT @KendallRogersD1: I feel like this win locks up a top eight national seed for @GatorZoneBB. We will find out on Monday, though. #Gators
5hreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV RT @GatorZoneBB: #Gators down No. 1 LSU, 2-1 - advance to SEC Tourney final against Vanderbilt - tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2
5hreplyretweetfavorite
April 2012
S M T W T F S
« Mar   May »
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930