President Obama: Anwar al-Awlaki death is 'major blow' to al Qaeda
September 30th, 2011
12:06 PM ET
3 years ago

President Obama: Anwar al-Awlaki death is 'major blow' to al Qaeda

(CNN) - The death of Anwar al-Awlaki is a "major blow" to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and marks another milestone in the effort to defeat the terrorist network, President Barack Obama said Friday.

But the president cautioned that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula remains a "dangerous but weakened" threat that calls for continued vigilance on the part of the United States despite the death of Anwar al-Awlaki.


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    I want to hear what the neocons have to say about this one. Bush doesn't get the credit for this one. One by one the Obama administration is taking out Al queda leadership. Everytime they replace their #2 or #3 man, he ends up dead in a matter of months. The network is crumbling. We must stay vigilant and on the offensive. Zawahiri better watch his back.

    September 30, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Evans

    This is great news. Hopefully the troops can come home soon. Obama 2012

    September 30, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. YOU Decide 2012: A bankrupt socialist welfare country or a thriving capitalist super power

    Obama didn't start the drone program, he inherited it from George Bush and it'll continue long after Obama is thrown out in 2012..

    September 30, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. Sandy

    It's dangerous to be the #2 guy in Al-Qaeda! Obama's people will hunt you down!

    Thanks Obama for keeping us safe!

    Obama 2012!

    September 30, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. LIP

    I find it interesting that back when Bush was president, the democrats to include Obama thought assasination was flat out wrong and waterboarding was also wrong for various reasons, yet it is okay to condemn to death without a judge or jury anyone they deem a threat to our country and simply take them out.
    I don't mind this as I supported Bush and all his policys...just thought there is a double standard going on here and no one talks about it.

    September 30, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Carrotroot

    @You Decide – Bush may have stated the drone program but he barely used it. When Obama came into office escalated and expanded the drone program to include Pakistan and Yemen. Bush on the other hand squandered the majority of his presidency kicking around sand in Iraq.

    September 30, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    "I want to hear what the neocons have to say about this one. Bush doesn't get the credit for this one."
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    Well, I'm not a neocon. And I'm glad this dangerous man is with his 72 virgins. But to say that Al Queda wasn't softened up by the actions put in place by the Bush administration (geez, when is the left going to stop bringing him into the conversation?) is disingenuous at best.

    September 30, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. Ex-republican

    Congratulation!
    Go get all of them, Mr. President!

    September 30, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    (geez, when is the left going to stop bringing him into the conversation?)
    ------------------------------
    Um, he'll never leave the conversation. Just as Khaddafi has the blood of Americans on his hands, so does George W. Bush. I applaud him for his swift action for invading Afghanistan and rallying the country after 9/11(albeit we were attacked on his watch). However, when you mention Iraq to me, I hold him solely responsible for the American lives lost there. No ifs, ands, or buts.

    September 30, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Cody

    @Fair is Fair
    Trying to give Bush credit for something that happened 3 years after he has been out of office is a stretch at best.

    September 30, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Evolution is a great thing.

    We are very fortunate to have a deliberative and deliberate President who looks at issues from many different angles Having President Obama as Commander in Chief has been "a "major blow" to al Qaeda" and it drives the anti-Americans (fascists) of the radical right and their fox media utterly insane.
    They only the GOPtee-baggers fear more than science, history, fact and freedom is President Obama.

    September 30, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Tony

    You Decide,

    We stopped being a thriving capitalist super power when Bush was president. The recession started under his watch.

    September 30, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    "However, when you mention Iraq to me, I hold him solely responsible for the American lives lost there. No ifs, ands, or buts."
    -----
    No one mentioned Iraq. Only you.

    September 30, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:
    Obama didn't start the drone program, he inherited it from George Bush.
    -------------
    Fact Check: Bush didn't know what(??) he was doing nor what he had, but Obama does.

    September 30, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. vic , nashville ,tn

    Yes Bush start all the programs but he didn’t have time to finish any thing because he was in vacation all the time
    Start war on terrorism then forget how end the war and how to pay for it
    Start Medicare then doesn’t know how to pay for it
    Start Bush tax cut then doesn’t know how to pay for it

    September 30, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. R

    My thanks to all the brave men and women of our armed forces (and improved intel) for taking this guy out.

    September 30, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair asked:
    (geez, when is the left going to stop bringing him into the conversation?)
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    Whenever the right wing admits they almost killed the economy; that the 2009 stimulus was life support that saved the economy when the conservative remedy was to stand back and watch it burn; whenever the right wing stops blaming Obama for bailing out the banks; whenever the right wing stops blaming Obama for the FY2009 $1.5T deficit (you love to say he added $4.5T); and finally, whenever the right wing admits the trickle down economics is crock of crap designed to make the rob the middle class of its' wealth.

    Since none of that is going to happen, it appears that liberals want to keep the facts straight before the right wing begins rewriting history.

    September 30, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. JohnP

    Let's be real. Neither Obama or Bush actually guided the drones or took the shots. It's our military, let's give credit where it's due and quit the partisan bs.

    September 30, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Patriot

    So, what do you think of the President now? Two in a row in a short time. While it took eight years and thrrillions of dollars for the Republican administration to catch these terrrorists and President Obama did it in his first term. With all the criticism that he's too soft for a Commander in Chief, this is a slap on the Republican's face. What do you say now Perry? You still think the military don't respect Obama? He is the first President who did not use war to justify hus belief but rather weigh his every decision with great wisdom. If he has been the President during September 11 bombing, we won't be in so much debt right now.

    September 30, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Captain Awesome

    So let me get this straight. Where are Cindy Sheehan and Code Pink? When President Bush was in office, weren't we told by the anti-war crowd and the left that hunting down terrorists and the war on terror was bad? Did the country of Yemen attack us? Weren't we told by the anti-war people that America must stop its imperialist bullying around the world? But now with President Obama, secret prisons, drone attacks, Gitmo and the war on terror are considered patriotic? What say you, libs?

    September 30, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Rsprings

    Another one down....a few million more to go.

    September 30, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. Phil in KC

    Interesting that more Al-Qaeda leadership has been killed under Obama than Bush. But the Republicans want to paint him as weak. The truth is, he is more focused on defeating Al Qaeda than Bush ever was. Bush was too distracted by Saddam Hussein and the resulting mess after we took him out. Bush was never very good at understanding the implications of his acts. He was too much of a shoot-from-the-hip cowboy. That's a dangerous thing when it comes to foreign policy.

    September 30, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. The Elephant In The Room

    Independents –

    Do you notice how, on those things where HE has sole authority, The President's performance is STELLAR? They GOP can't obstruct him as Commander-in-Chief. When they voice opposition to his deft touch [like with Libya] all they can do is make noise but can't hold anything "hostage".

    I submit to you that if Mr. Obama had the same scenario with regards to the economy, America would be better off. The closest we can come to the President having CIC effectiveness with the economy is to give him a line-item veto and a fillibuster-proof super majorities in the House of Representatives & the US Senate.

    Vote a straight Democratic ticket in 2012 & 2014. Then, if the Democrats don't turn things around, throw them out in 2016. By then the GOP will have developed some "A" players who may have some fresh ideas other than "tax cuts for job creators and more deregulation". To save America, to restore the GOP, throw the Republicans out of Congress in 13 months.

    September 30, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. The Other Michael in Houston

    Uh YOU Decide 2012, Bush didn't create the program, the US Military created the program while Bush was in office. If you want to believe that crap, fine then. If Bush created the program, President Obama is making it successful. Let's look at the scoreboard:

    Bush Administration getting Bin Laden = 0

    Obama's Administration getting Bin Laden = 1

    Bush Administration getting Awlaki= 0

    Obama Administration getting Awlaki = 1

    Shut your pie hole, hater!

    Lucky for your Republicans, there are term limits on the Presidency of the United States or President Obama would be in the White House for the next 50 years.

    September 30, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    @YOU Decide 2012: A bankrupt socialist welfare country or a thriving capitalist super power

    Obama didn't start the drone program, he inherited it from George Bush and it'll continue long after Obama is thrown out in 2012..
    _________________________________________________

    You just can't stomach him having a success, can you? If the drone program has been so effective, why was it not a bigger success onder Bush. Its pathetic you can't just congratulate him.

    September 30, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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