This past Thursday, the Obama administration did this:
On orders from President Barack Obama, the U.S. military launched cruise missiles early Thursday against two suspected al-Qaeda sites in Yemen, administration officials told ABC News in a report broadcast on ABC World News with Charles Gibson.
One of the targeted sites was a suspected al Qaeda training camp north of the capitol, Sanaa, and the second target was a location where officials said "an imminent attack against a U.S. asset was being planned."
I'm with Dave:
Am I in favor of this? Of course I am.
This isn't the first time the U.S. has hit Yemen with missiles; Dana Priest of the Washington Post (no stranger to putting the country's national security at risk) put out a ridiculously biased piece after a U.S. missile strike on Yemen in 2002. As was the case then, the strike the other day seems to have had the approval of the Yemeni government.
Here's where it gets weird. The One desperately wants to close Gitmo, going so far as to try to get the federal government to buy the state correctional facility in Thomson, Illinois, 15 miles from a nuclear generating station. He also wants to repatriate those terrorists to their home countries (or elsewhere) whom the government supposedly believe aren't as hardened as the ones the government plans to prosecute or keep indefinitely without trial.
Twelve terrorists are being released from Gitmo; six of them are going back to Yemen. Again, this is after the U.S. launched missile strikes against Yemen. It looks like this is the price Yemen has to pay to get back some of those of its people back from Gitmo.
As mentioned by both the Long War Journal and the Wall Street Journal, Yemen has been a hotbed of Al Qaeda activity for years. Yemen also has had difficulties keeping Al Qaeda terrorists in its prisons.
But as we already know, The One's goal is to close Gitmo, national security be damned. Getting Yemen to agree to U.S. missile strikes within its border in order to allow The One to return its citizens (this is how I see it), with the possibility of having these six soon-to-be former Gitmo denizens return to terrorism, doesn't seem like a very good trade-off; that is, unless the U.S. whacks them in a subsequent strike (or, they mend their ways; I'm not holding my breath for that).
As I had stated earlier, I am definitely in favor of the U.S. killing terrorists. I will add this also; at least Obama does appear to be taking the War on Terror somewhat seriously, especially as it pertains what Congress directed the President to do in Sec. 2(a) of the 2001 AUMF:
IN GENERAL.—That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.
Besides, any action that gets Greenwald's panties in a twist can't be all bad.