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As Long as We Remember...

November 30, 2018

What’s the difference?

Ken Kellar

Claim: A Saudi prince ordered the execution of a Saudi citizen on foreign soil.

Fact: An American “prince” ordered the execution of an American citizen on foreign soil.


Peter Van Buren wrote in 2011:


“The Government of the United States, currently under the management of a former professor of constitutional law, executed one of its own citizens abroad without any form of due process. This is generally seen as a no-no as far as the Bill of Rights, the Magna Carta and playground rules go. The silly old Fifth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees ‘no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law’ and include no exceptions for war, terrorism, or being a really (expletive deleted) human being.”


The executed person was Anwar al-Awlaki, an alleged planner of terrorist operations and an American citizen. Our government has not produced evidence supporting the claims they used to justify his execution.


Two weeks after his execution, al-Awlaki's 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen who was born in Denver, Colorado, was also killed by a CIA-led drone strike in Yemen. In that case the death was called collateral damage.


Please don’t get the impression I’m mourning the loss of al-Awlaki. I am mourning the national damage and crimes President Barack Obama did and the left continues to do.


Al-Awlaki probably was a terror planner, so what could President Obama have done otherwise? His hands were tied right? Wrong!


I offer, as Exhibit 1, the enlightened sovereign nation of Yemen. The Yemeni government tried al-Awlaki in absentia twice for the specific murder of a French engineer and also being a member of al-Qaeda and plotting other murders. He was sentenced to 8 and 10 year sentences. In 2010 a Yemeni judge issued an arrest warrant reportedly declaring he be captured "dead or alive."


Meanwhile in the USA, the Obama Administration’s U.S. Attorney David Gaouette received pushback for rescinding a 2002 arrest warrant for al-Alwaki, claiming inadequate evidence.


Ironically, Yemen gave our American citizen his constitutional rights by exercising due process prior to any action that would deprive him of his life.


Our country, under President Obama, declared inadequate evidence to conduct due process, and then dropped a bomb on his head along with some children.


In our current news, many journalists are calling for action against Saudi Arabia for doing what President Obama did on 2011. Saudi agents executed a Saudi citizen on foreign soil. The citizen was Jamal Khashoggi, a long-time friend of Osama bin Laden, who even followed bin Laden to Afghanistan in those early halcyon days of bin Laden’s reign of terror. Current news reports ignore the very dark side of Khashoggi and his support for Muslim territorial conquest.


Since Saudi Arabia is denying that the death was ordered, they certainly are not communicating their rationale for killing him. American journalists and politicians are up in arms over the death and are calling for action. They are also condemning President Donald Trump for his apparent gullibility when he states it is unclear what happened.


The sweet irony of this American outrage over Mr. Trump’s “gullibility” is that it communicates their own gullibility and naiveté. If our president maintains a public official position that there is uncertainty over Khashoggi’s death, it leaves all of our nation’s options open. It allows quiet meetings and negotiations that result in the best outcomes for our nation.


The Deep State members of the CIA are trying their best to remove our president’s options by criminally leaking CIA assessments to the media.


Do they want war? A recession as oil prices skyrocket? The CIA agents involved should be hanged (preferably after a trial) for their dangerous actions.


What would those demanding action have our president do? Embargo Saudi oil and cause all of us to pay more for our fuel? Bomb the Saudi’s? Prevent Saudi college students from studying here and lose the millions, if not billions, of Saudi donations to our universities? Those are legitimate options. Which ones do the left want?


Leftists and much of the media love to condemn our country for its past and current transgressions. With those condemnations should come a little humility when we see another nation execute one of its citizens for what we should surmise was deemed in the best interest of Saudi Arabia.


Before we ask our soldiers to do more killing or ask our citizens to pay more for some “higher” principle, we should ask, and answer in detail, what is the difference between Obama’s execution of a U.S. citizen and the Saudi prince’s execution of a Saudi citizen?

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