Obama orders death of Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, Al Qaeda Leader

@ParaTed2k (22980)
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
September 15, 2009 11:37am CST
Obama ordered members of the US Army to conduct a raid in Somalia. The purpose was not to detain, arrest or capture anyone... it was to kill. No miranda rights, no attorneys, no nothing. just dead. I have been in situations where I had to make life or death situations for other people, but I've never been in the situation where I had to make a decision that meant someone would kill someone else. Few of us will ever be in that situation. I was just wondering what other MyLotters thought of this situation... especially Obama supporters. What does this apparent change in Obama's policies on treatment of enemies and even the war on terror mean to you.
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@JodiLynn (1417)
• United States
15 Sep 09
After reading the BBC report, I'd say yes, I'm ok with this decision. He had the culprit of several mass murders in his sights and he took him out. (metaphorically speaking, sorta) Just because Obama would prefer to TALK things out before shooting them out doesn't make him a (female genital) patsy...yeah patsy...
@ParaTed2k (22980)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
15 Sep 09
So where is all his talk about constitutional rights for terrorists? Where is all his talk about terrorist's rights to fair trials?
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@JodiLynn (1417)
• United States
15 Sep 09
I think he makes the distinction of our prisoners being held on American soil, ala Guantanamo (which IS a military base) and if that aint American held soil, world wide, then John McCain wasn't eligible to run for president.
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@ParaTed2k (22980)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
15 Sep 09
No, he gave the order to troops when they capture prisoners in Afghanistan, not once they were taken to a prison camp or sent to some place like GITMO.
@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
15 Sep 09
I thought that the Constitution only applied to people in the US not other countries, with that being said, why would this Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan (is that 1 person or 2?) have any US rights?
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@ParaTed2k (22980)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
15 Sep 09
Isn't it Obama that bashes Bush for not extending rights to detainees? Didn't Obama order US troops in Afghanistan to read miranda rights to prisoners? Didn't Obama say that terrorists deserve constitutional rights?
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@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
15 Sep 09
Oh, you mean like Sarah Palin can see Russia from her house?
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• United States
15 Sep 09
I thought Tina Fey said that! I saw that episode of Saturday Night Live and it was TINA FEY who said it. And it IS true that Obama wants enemy combatants captured in Afghanistan to be read Miranda rights, but hopefully he'll change his mind about that insanity and take MY suggestion that I posted a little ways down this page.
• India
16 Sep 09
As far as US is concerned, any al qaeda leader is a terrorist. so is saleh ali nabhan. he is involved in a series of terror attacks in east africa. American Intelligence believes that Nabhan built the bomb that destroyed an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa in 2002. After the disastrous black hawk operations 16 years ago, this is the first one where US had something to cheer about. As for Obama ordering the killing, any other president would have done the same thing. taking them alive is a nuisance as it will cost the administration to keep them till trials are over. there is no guarantee that they will be punished. so killing in such circumstances is an easy option.
@ParaTed2k (22980)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
16 Sep 09
I don't condemn Obama for it, in fact, I support his decision. I am just wondering why the reverse in policy.
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• United States
15 Sep 09
A change in policy? Correct me, but I thought Obama made it very clear during the campaign that he was going after Osama Bin Ladin no matter where he was. Why wouldn't this thought apply to the rest of the Al Queda killers?? I am sure these people would provide any one of us Americans our Miranda rights and right to trial before execution, right? You cannot talk to these people, they only understand a bullet in the head. Are we certain that Obama gave the specific order to kill this guy or is it part of the "OK" to go after these guys at any time. They have the same thoughts on us.
@Makro74 (591)
16 Sep 09
Yes he did didnt he. Also, George Bush could have exactly that to Osama in Afghanistan in November 2001 as Obama has just done in Somalia. He chose not to.
@ParaTed2k (22980)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
16 Sep 09
Yes, he did say that, and I do support this action. However, his policy until now has been to bring suspected terrorists to justice, complete with Constitutional rights. That's all I'm commenting on here.
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@bestboy19 (5481)
• United States
15 Sep 09
Perhaps this decision was easy to make because the killing wasn't on American soil.