Nobel Peace Prize winner to aides: Let’s face it, I’m really good at killing people

posted at 4:01 pm on November 4, 2013 by Allahpundit

Actually, as a Twitter buddy said this morning, Obama’s being too modest. Read this WSJ op-ed by a cancer patient whose insurance just got dropped and you’ll say he’s legitimately great at killing people.

In fairness, in the annals of Nobel laureates with body counts, I think Arafat’s still the man to beat. Alternate headline: “Man with ‘kill list’ pretty excited about it.”

According to the new book “Double Down,” in which journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann chronicle the 2012 presidential election, President Barack Obama told his aides that he’s “really good at killing people” while discussing drone strikes.

Peter Hamby of The Washington Post noted the moment in his review of the book.

The reported claim by the commander-in-chief is as indisputable as it is grim.

Follow the link for a brief reminder of just how good Obama is at killing people. Sometimes those people are terrorists and sometimes they’re people who look from 10,000 feet like they’re kinda sorta moving around on the ground like terrorists would. Ace is right, of course, that this same soundbite coming from Bush would have caused an eruption of left/media shirt-rending about his cowboy “swagger” having supposedly turned sociopathic. As it is, there was a bit of liberal hand-wringing this weekend on Twitter when the story first broke — just as there was when he joked a few years ago about using drones to murder the Jonas brothers — but otherwise, no biggie. It’s the same mindset that led Jane Mayer to give Obama basically a total pass on extrajudicial killings after his lame Hamlet shtick over drones this past May. A liberal intellectual can have lapses in judgment but those lapses can never really add up to an indictment of one’s character. Bush boasting that he’s good at killing people is proof that he’s psychotic; Obama doing it is “troubling,” but the consternation is eased by the fact that he seems really conflicted ‘n stuff in his public remarks.

Whatever. As with everything O does, the boast here may be less about bloodlust or being drunk on power like Caesar giving thumbs down in the Colosseum as it is about the fact that drone strikes are a political winner for him. As of March, majorities of Republicans, independents, and, yes, even Democrats approved of targeting suspected terrorists overseas. “Killing people” is good for his polling. Just never forget: The only reason he’s “forced” to kill as many as he does is because he’d rather not capture them and have to deal with the legal headaches of where to house them and try them. He’ll do it occasionally (Abu Anas al-Liby is a notable exception to the rule), but if it’s a choice between snatch-and-interrogate and Hellfire, President Itchyfinger’s going to err on the side of “permanent solutions” more often than not.


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Hillary’s pretty good at it too!

Bevan on November 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Give it some time. Obama is already a lame duck after his “read my lips, no new taxes” moment. Most of the MSM has already turned on him.

Johnnyreb on November 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM

As his healthcare plan will prove.

CurtZHP on November 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM

About the only truth he has ever spoken…

PatriotRider on November 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM

It’s certainly more macho than trying to bankrupt a mother of a Down’s syndrome child.

cbenoistd on November 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Most Democrats in power are good at killing people.

22044 on November 4, 2013 at 4:06 PM

“What difference, at this point, does it make?”

DarthBrooks on November 4, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Taking out the Jonas Brothers would boost Obama’s approval ratings.

myiq2xu on November 4, 2013 at 4:08 PM

The world so deserves him, for destroying all their Utopian pipedreams.

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Start with yourself, murderer.

Ronnie on November 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Soon, when you’re 72, no mas obama’care’.

“If you like your life…” — obama

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM

The drones hath slain their thousands, but Obamacare will slay ten thousands.

de rigueur on November 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Going to be even better when the cACA Obama HellCare is fully implemented.

Can’t wait until Obama pulls a Stalin and starts denying food to red states so urban food deserts are served better because you know FAIRNESS!!!

It’s coming.

jukin3 on November 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Is he now taking credit for all abortions? That 50+ million on his ledger.

Murphy9 on November 4, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Give it some time. Obama is already a lame duck after his “read my lips, no new taxes” moment. Most of the MSM has already turned on him.

Johnnyreb on November 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM

I can’t think of a single instance where the MSM has turned on President Obama, if by ‘turned on him’ you mean objectively reported on his many failures as they would a Republican. Never happened. Never will happen. They’re the band on the Titanic and they’ll keep playing until that ship goes below the waves.

troyriser_gopftw on November 4, 2013 at 4:13 PM

If you like your drone, you can…..

hillsoftx on November 4, 2013 at 4:13 PM

C minus, Allah.
Just an inane coupling of invective.

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM

C minus, Allah.
Just an inane coupling of invective.

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Said the gnatbrain to the giant.

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2013 at 4:16 PM

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.


President Barack Hussein Obama, Inauguration Address, 1/20/2009

Somehow, I don’t think being “really good at killing people” is an attribute that his favorite President, Abraham Lincoln, would be proud of.

kingsjester on November 4, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Somehow, I don’t think being “really good at killing people” is an attribute that his favorite President, Abraham Lincoln, would be proud of.

kingsjester on November 4, 2013 at 4:16 PM


They made him a Democrat. Get with it.

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Along with killing economies, alliances, hopes, privacy, etc.

rbj on November 4, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2013 at 4:17 PM

I saw that. Liberals love Revisionist History.

kingsjester on November 4, 2013 at 4:18 PM

The smell of sulfur is strong with this one.

freedomfirst on November 4, 2013 at 4:18 PM

He’s really good about killing Representative Democracies too.

Oil Can on November 4, 2013 at 4:19 PM

“Kill, Destroy, Sack, Tell lie; how much you want after victory nobody asks why?”
― Adolf Hitler

faraway on November 4, 2013 at 4:19 PM

C minus, Allah.
Just an inane coupling of invective.

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Whatever you say sport. BTW, how’s ObamaCare doing?

NotCoach on November 4, 2013 at 4:20 PM

The 4 dead in Benghazi concur.

obama and Hillary have lots of blood on their hands, not only in Benghazi.

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Just an inane coupling of invective.

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM

It’s all about sex with you people.

faraway on November 4, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Maybe Bill Ayers converted him to killing people.

Sven on November 4, 2013 at 4:21 PM

The dead in Egypt and Syria, Libya, Iran…all concur.

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Obama: If I had a drone, it would look like Air Force One.

Meople on November 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

The dead in Boston and Texas all concur.

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Well, he is good at ordering the deaths of others. Personally planning or executing those orders…not so much.

Steve Eggleston on November 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

“If you like your life…” — obama

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

C minus, Allah.
Just an inane coupling of invective.

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM

If AP’s delivery bothers you why not get to the meat and potatoes of what you call an invective:

President Barack Obama told his aides that he’s “really good at killing people” while discussing drone strikes.

VibrioCocci on November 4, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Nobel Peace Prize winner to aides: Let’s face it, I’m really good at killing people

Barky did do a pretty good job killing Americans in Banghazi. He should add that he’s really good at dancing on coffins while he lies his azz off, too. He’s not good at the lying part – everyone knew he was totally full of sh!t, but he’s got that coffin dancing down pat.

As to the drone strikes, Barky isn’t doing anything but letting the military do a bit of their job while the MSM makes pretend that nothing is happening. For anyone else, the MSM would be doing front cover interviews with the dirtbag families of those killed by the drones. The bin laden joke was another such example. Barky claims that “he” took out bin laden, but no one knows anything about any part of the mission and no evidence of bin laden being there or being killed was ever made public. All we were told was that the slimeball primitive was given full muslim burial honors (as though he deserved anything other than being “wee wee’d up” on and tossed in the trash. But, the MSM didn’t care. They trust the most insane pathological liar who has ever disgraced the American political scene and they push the idea that anyone who doesn’t implicitly trust the biggest lying sack of sh!t in American history is nothing but a raaaacist and a domestic terrorist of some sort.

At the same time, Barky is stopping the military from doing the more important fighting they have had to do, thereby jeopardizing all the gains of the Iraq and Afghan wars. Of course, this was intentional on Barky’s part as he seeks to harm American interests in any way he is able. Not to mention how the idiot has gone after CIA interrogators and anyone looking after our interests.

But … as people have already mentioned, Barky has done well with killing with his abortion fanaticism and the coming boatloads of deaths from BarkyCare.

Barky is one sick, deluded, third-world retard. Anyone who ever thought this demented imbecile was even close to normal or had more than two brain cells to rub together needs to atone for that offense to the intellect by never opening their mouths in public again. The destruction that they have helped unleash on this nation and the West is something that will serve as a cautionary tale for millenia into the future. Millenia.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on November 4, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Whatever…

Roy Rogers on November 4, 2013 at 4:28 PM

I don’t recall G.W. EVER bragging about the people he killed. What kind of sick POS does that make Obama?

Roy Rogers on November 4, 2013 at 4:29 PM

C minus, Allah.
Just an inane coupling of invective.

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Said the gnatbrain to the giant.

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2013 at 4:16 PM

I don’t share your need to kiss a$s.
It’s because it’s from Allah that it’s lame.
Seems there are pros and cons to not being beholden to an editor, I guess.

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Just an inane coupling of invective.

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM

It’s all about sex with you people.

faraway on November 4, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Ha

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 4:32 PM

About the only truth he has ever spoken…

PatriotRider on November 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Actually, I’d say he’s lying about this as well.
He’s pretty good at ordering someone else to go kill people.
Not much evidence yet that HE is actually good at killing people.

dentarthurdent on November 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Provide proof of your claim.

AP is clearly independent and superior to your gnatbrain. It is known around here that he is impervious to anything bad/good said about him.

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Hillary’s pretty good at it too!

Bevan on November 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Zing!

tommer74 on November 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Breitbart.

ex_machina on November 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I don’t share your need to kiss a$s.
It’s because it’s from Allah that it’s lame.
Seems there are pros and cons to not being beholden to an editor, I guess.

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 4:31 PM

I’d guess you’re just fully engaged on 0bumble’s @ss….
Talking about beholden to someone….

dentarthurdent on November 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I keep waiting for even the scientific Nobel prizes to be awarded increasingly to third world scientists, even if their discoveries were minor compared to others in the name of ethnic diversity.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

As if we needed more confirmation that Barack Obama is a narcissist….

….or that the Nobel Peace Prize has become a sad, sad, joke.

Do I have to mention the machinations and whinging that would result if a Republican said something this crass and soulless?

Athos on November 4, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Hillary’s pretty good at it too!

Bevan on November 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM

And I wouldn’t be surprised if she was more directly involved in some of the killings.

dentarthurdent on November 4, 2013 at 4:39 PM

I keep waiting for even the scientific Nobel prizes to be awarded increasingly to third world scientists, even if their discoveries were minor compared to others in the name of ethnic diversity.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Award some to the Palestinians for their rocket designs.

Murphy9 on November 4, 2013 at 4:39 PM

It is known around here that he is impervious to anything bad/good said about him.

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

No doubt.
But one can hope for the occasional self-critique.
Lame post.

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 4:41 PM

What a disgrace. Not my president.

Herald of Woe on November 4, 2013 at 4:42 PM

As with everything O does, the boast here may be less about bloodlust or being drunk on power like Caesar giving thumbs down in the Colosseum as it is about the fact that drone strikes are a political winner for him.

AP, I’ve never thought of you as naive, but in this case, don’t bet on Obama’s lack of bloodlust or love of power. This guy tells people to bring a gun to a knife fight. He a malignant narcissist, and nothing he would say or do would surprise me.

INC on November 4, 2013 at 4:42 PM

The only reason he’s “forced” to kill as many as he does is because he’d rather not capture them and have to deal with the legal headaches of where to house them and try them. 

He will and is using the same calculus with sick and injured people.

ted c on November 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM

dentarthurdent on November 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Like an organized crime boss…

PatriotRider on November 4, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I keep waiting for even the scientific Nobel prizes to be awarded increasingly to third world scientists, even if their discoveries were minor compared to others in the name of ethnic diversity.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry this year goes to Muhammed Hussein for his 5th grade science fair project on the effect of mixing sulfur, charcoal and potassium nitrate. Based on this experiment, we believe he will one day do something important in the field of chemistry.

dentarthurdent on November 4, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Will he ever be held to account by the American people?

freedomfirst on November 4, 2013 at 4:46 PM

I don’t share your need to kiss a$s.
It’s because it’s from Allah that it’s lame.
Seems there are pros and cons to not being beholden to an editor, I guess.

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Always projecting. BTW, how’s ObamaCare doing?

NotCoach on November 4, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Let’s face it, I’m really good at killing people

Probably only the honest thing Obama has said since being President.

redguy on November 4, 2013 at 4:49 PM

No doubt.
But one can hope for the occasional self-critique.
Lame post.

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 4:41 PM

It’s like projection squared. BTW, how’s ObamaCare doing?

NotCoach on November 4, 2013 at 4:49 PM

He’ll do it occasionally (Abu Anas al-Liby is a notable exception to the rule), but if it’s a choice between snatch-and-interrogate and Hellfire, President Itchyfinger’s going to err on the side of “permanent solutions” more often than not.

It’s about the only thing he does that I support.

thuja on November 4, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Like an organized crime boss…

PatriotRider on November 4, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Ya – I’d say that’s a pretty good match.

dentarthurdent on November 4, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Okay fine. Let’s make him commander-in-chief of Drone Strikes only. He can leave our military alone.

TarheelBen on November 4, 2013 at 4:55 PM

C minus, Allah.

Just an inane coupling of invective.

verbaloon on November 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Did O’bama deserve his Nobel Peace Prize, Cultist?

Del Dolemonte on November 4, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Seeing as how Arafat got a Nobel first, this kind of fits right in.

Ward Cleaver on November 4, 2013 at 4:57 PM

As of March, majorities of Republicans, independents, and, yes, even Democrats approved of targeting suspected terrorists overseas.

I’m a supporter of drone strikes but I didn’t know we were doing this:

Furthermore, the disturbing trend of the “double tap” — bombing the same place in quick succession and often hitting first responders — has become common practice.

We taking lessons from Hamas on how to be terrorists?

Rancher on November 4, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Seeing as how Arafat got a Nobel first, this kind of fits right in.

Ward Cleaver on November 4, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Ya but Arafat’s Nobel was shared with Rabin and Peres for “their efforts at peace”, although Arafat never really intended to stop the killing.

dentarthurdent on November 4, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Will he ever be held to account by the American people?

freedomfirst on November 4, 2013 at 4:46 PM

No, President Obama will never be held to account and history books will lie about him and say he is one of the greatest of Presidents. These are among the most unpleasant truths I know.

Another unpleasant truth: sometimes the bad guys win.

troyriser_gopftw on November 4, 2013 at 5:04 PM

If by “being really good” you mean receiving updates on the golf course or during basement poker games…..then Yes, superb.

R Square on November 4, 2013 at 5:12 PM

C minus, Allah.
Just an inane coupling of invective.
verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Proving AP’s point. (If a Republican had said it…)

Cleombrotus on November 4, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Breitbart.
ex_machina on November 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

No doubt in my mind.

Cleombrotus on November 4, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Even though this is just one more in a long list of Obama’s delusions of competence, I find this one particularly egregious. That’s because I actually know some people who are pretty good at killing people. And I mean actually killing people, not just pushing the red button instead of the green one and then going off to a good night’s sleep afterwards. And the people who actually have to look at the person they kill and know why they’re doing it sure as hell don’t consider it something to brag about.

There have been many rulers of many countries throughout human history who were as proud of that “ability” as Obama is, but that list is not one I would want to find my name on.

Socratease on November 4, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Seal Team 6.

Cleombrotus on November 4, 2013 at 5:20 PM

He is so good he can do it while “playing cards with Reggie”….

d1carter on November 4, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Boehner better watch out.

GarandFan on November 4, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Obama is also good at killing people before they’re born, or shortly thereafter.

Steve Z on November 4, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Let’s face it, I’m really good at killing people

His gramma ?
Donald Young ?
Larry Bland ? Nate Spencer ?
Quarles Harris Jr. ?
SEAL Team 6?
Benghazi 4 ?
Breitbart ?
Micheal Hastings ?

Who else ?

burrata on November 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Poor troll…would rather discuss anything but the embarrassment of a Peace Prize winner being exposed again as a hypocrite. That’s what losers do.

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 4, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Seems there are pros and cons to not being beholden to an editor, I guess.

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Yeah, because thats really what HotAir is known for, right? The loving and adulating relationship between bloggers and commenters.

/facepalm

Valkyriepundit on November 4, 2013 at 5:47 PM

I keep waiting for even the scientific Nobel prizes to be awarded increasingly to third world scientists, even if their discoveries were minor compared to others in the name of ethnic diversity.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I’m surprised that mexican drug lords within and outside the US have not yet been awarded the Nobel in economics for running their trade profitably , under such adverse circumstances :O

burrata on November 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM

I’m surprised that mexican drug lords within and outside the US have not yet been awarded the Nobel in economics for running their trade profitably , under such adverse circumstances :O

burrata on November 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Maybe give the guy who invented Crack the chemistry prize?

Socratease on November 4, 2013 at 5:57 PM

I’m surprised that mexican drug lords within and outside the US have not yet been awarded the Nobel in economics for running their trade profitably , under such adverse circumstances :O

burrata on November 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Not qualified. They actually accomplished something.
Nobel prizes are now for the expectation of great things to come.

dentarthurdent on November 4, 2013 at 5:59 PM

It’s about the only thing he does that I support.

thuja on November 4, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Never enough death for this one. Self-loathing will do that.

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 4, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Seal Team 6.

Cleombrotus on November 4, 2013 at 5:20 PM

.
Indeed. : (

listens2glenn on November 4, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Hillary’s pretty good at it too!

Bevan on November 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Zing!

tommer74 on November 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

4 man head start. Do you think it will be a campaign slogan?
” I can kill anyone better that him.” No, you can’t!” ” YES I CAN!” With apologies to Irving Berlin

katy the mean old lady on November 4, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Award some to the Palestinians for their rocket designs.

Murphy9 on November 4, 2013 at 4:39 PM

LOL

Actually, some of the homemade and rigged up weapons I saw the Libyan terrorists and the FSA in Syria were pretty ingenious.

Not so sure about the giant slingshots used to launch hand grenades, though. No, seriously, they did.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 4, 2013 at 6:22 PM

And then there was Barky’s killing spree from Fast+Furious …

which was coupled with trying to blame the gun dealers who were forced to sell the guns to the known straw buyers for the Mexican cartels and trying to use that to rend more of the Constitution regarding our 2nd amendment rights …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on November 4, 2013 at 6:22 PM

George Bush was better at it. He killed many thousands in iraq.

rubberneck on November 4, 2013 at 8:02 PM

George Bush was better at it. He killed many thousands in iraq.

rubberneck on November 4, 2013 at 8:02 PM

You poor thing. :(

Murphy9 on November 4, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Nobel Peace Prize winner to aides: Let’s face it, I’m really good at killing people

Soooooooo…killing people is the actual objective of Obamacare?

landlines on November 5, 2013 at 12:15 AM