According to a story by Michael Kelly of the Business Insider, it seems President Obama regards himself as one tough hombre. Reminds me of another liberal progressive president involved in a low- to mid-intensity war — Lyndon B. Johnson.
Of course you might think it’s something the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner wouldn’t want to brag about. But according to the new book Double Down in which journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann chronicle the 2012 presidential election, Obama told his aides he’s “really good at killing people” while discussing drone strikes. Why, he’s simply the definition of bravery and courage. Just as President Johnson personally approved bombing strikes during the Vietnam War, President Obama is also having fun playing “Call of Duty.”
According to the Business Insider:
So now we have it. Not only does President Obama believe he knows what’s best for your healthcare plans, he also doesn’t need those 197 senior military officers he just axed. Why, he can kill people directly from the White House! He’s a one-man wrecking machine — and we’re not even talking about the economy.
Obama oversaw the 2009 surge in Afghanistan, 145 Predator drone strikes in NATO’s 2011 Libya operations, the May 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and drone strikes that killed the Pakistani Taliban leader and a senior member of the Somali-based militant group al-Shabab this week.
His administration also expanded the drone war: There have been 326 drone strikes in Pakistan, 93 in Yemen, and several in Somalia under Obama — upwards of 4,500 people overall killed — compared to a total of 52 strikes under George Bush.
The incredible irony here is that a man who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in his first year in office is likely to “go down in history as the president who legitimized and systemized a process by which the United States asserts the right to conduct assassination operations around the world,” according to investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill.Folks, you just cannot make this stuff up!