Death from the skies seems to be Obama’s biggest foreign policy achievement. Since becoming president, Obama has greatly stepped up the use of predator drones and other military ops to kill top al Qaeda officials. He’s killed dozens of them — along with much “collateral damage” in bystanders — with his drone strikes that have taken out nearly the entire top tier of al Qaeda’s and even some of the Taliban’s leadership. But there is a vexing question about this successful campaign to assassinate these terrorists: the anti-war left is wholly silent about it all.

With today’s news of the end to two top al Qaeda operatives, Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, ABC News published a list of those terrorists Obama has gacked with his death from the skies campaign. These senior al Qaeda officials tally to some 20 terrorists killed. Most have been with predator drone strikes.

The List

  • Osama bin Laden
  • Anwar al-Awlaki
  • Abu Hafs al-Shahri
  • ‘Atiyah ‘Abd al-Rahman
  • Ilyas Kashmiri
  • Ammar al-Wa’ili
  • Abu Ali al-Harithi
  • Ali Saleh Farhan
  • Harun Fazul
  • Younis al-Mauritani
  • Baitullah Mahsud
  • Jemayah Islamiya
  • Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan
  • Saleh al-Somali
  • ‘Abdallah Sa’id
  • Abdul Ghani Beradar
  • Muhammad Haqqani
  • Qari Zafar
  • Hussein al-Yemeni
  • Jemayah Islamiya
  • Abu Ayyub al-Masri
  • Abu Omar al-Baghdadi
  • Sheik Saeed al-Masri
  • Hamza al-Jawfi

To that I’ll add al Qaeda’s Internet maven, Samir Khan who was also killed today.

Naturally, I have no problem with this business at all. I applaud Obama’s use of military intelligence, foreign contacts, and predator drones to eliminate members of al Qaeda and the Taliban.

But this is precisely the sort of stuff that the anti-war left complained about when Bush started the predator drone program. He was called an assassin back then with his use of predator drones. The left just added that charge to the many absurd charges that Bush was an “imperial” president, the next Hitler, and said it proved he was out of control.

So where have all these people been since Obama came to office? Obama has increased this program many fold and far surpassed the kill list Bush amassed.

The fact is that most of the supposed anti-war activists in the U.S. were not much interested in stopping war. They were only interested in toppling George W. Bush from the presidency. War did not interest them. Killing is immaterial to their desire to attack American conservatives. Their sole purpose was political, not moral.

Yes, I just called anti-war protesters liars.