Thursday, May 31, 2012

Obama Has "Kill List," HuffPosters Applaud

The Huffington Post covered a story from the New York Times the other day about a "kill list" of Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen that the US government wants taken out. Here's the sample from the NYT that was republished on the Huffington Post.
"This was the enemy, served up in the latest chart from the intelligence agencies: 15 Qaeda suspects in Yemen with Western ties. The mug shots and brief biographies resembled a high school yearbook layout. Several were Americans. Two were teenagers, including a girl who looked even younger than her 17 years."
The story gathered over 4,000 comments so it's hard to say what most of the readers thought about it. But we can look at the top favorited comments to get the general idea, and look what they had to say:

They weren't all positive though:

But even so they were criticism of Obama as a person, most people didn't have anything to say about the "kill list" itself.

I can't help but wonder if the actual subject of the article doesn't matter: it's entirely your views on President Obama. If you are a liberal, you like him and thus will praise him for fighting terrorism. If you're on the left you will declare him to be just another pawn of the "military industrial complex" and get some support from the left wing on the Huffington Post. And of course if you're a conservative you might call out the liberals for praising Obama for something that President Bush probably did as well, as quite a few people did on the thread.

In the end the HPers didn't seem to mind all that much. But can you imagine if a Republican President or even worse Israel had a "kill list" which included Americans?

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