Tom Junod had an article with the above title that dealt with the murder of 16-year American Abdulrahman al-Awlaki by the Obama administration and the total lack of information they have given as to why and how it was done.
His name was Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, and he was 16 years old when he died — when he was killed by a drone strike in Yemen, by the light of the moon. He was the son of Anwar al-Awlaki, who was also born in America, who was also an American citizen, and who was killed by drone two weeks before his son was, along with another American citizen named Samir Khan.
He was a boy who hadn’t seen his father in two years, since his father had gone into hiding. He was a boy who knew his father was on an American kill list and who snuck out of his family’s home in the early morning hours of September 4, 2011, to try to find him. He was a boy who was still searching for his father when his father was killed, and who, on the night he himself was killed, was saying goodbye to the second cousin with whom he’d lived while on his search, and the friends he’d made. He was a boy among boys, then; a boy among boys eating dinner by an open fire along the side of a road when an American drone came out of the sky and fired the missiles that killed them all.
Junod later appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe TV to discuss his article and to talk about the remarkable fact that this murder has not sparked any outrage from the two major political parties and the media.
Glenn Greenwald captures the rotten nature of our political discourse as exemplified by the response of the panel, especially the odious Harold Ford Jr, the former Democratic congressman and fulltime lackey of the oligarchy who represents some of the worst aspects of American politics. Greenwald describes his career as one of opportunistic nepotism, calls him a ‘smirking sociopath’ and goes on:
Harold Ford, Jr. is the walking, breathing embodiment of virtually everything rotted and corrupt about the American political class.
So that’s Harold Ford, Jr.: opportunistic, craven, sleazy nepotistic corporatist who has made a career out of converting his unearned political influence and loyalty to the banking industry into large wads of cash.
But it’s Ford’s smirking, self-satisfied, effete ignorance — from a warmonger whose delicately manicured hands have never been and will never be near any of the carnage he reflexively defends — that is particularly nauseating. Like most mindless defenders of U.S. violence, Ford just repeatedly utters the word “Terrorist” over and over like a hypnotic mantra.
Even after Junod describes the heinous death of the indisputably innocent American teenager, Ford just smirks and pronounces that it’s better to Kill The Terrorists than to capture them.
Remember that popular war slogan that we needed to fight the terrorists in Baghdad so that we would not have to fight them in Buffalo? (You could replace those two cities with any two that alliterated, depending on your audience.) So now we have that it is better to kill 16-year old boys in Yemen so that they don’t kill us in Yosemite.