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Mixed Bag

October 2, 2011
Times Leader

PRESIDENT OBAMA is making an impact in two crucial areas, unfortunately with polar-opposite results.

Friday marked the killing of another very-high placed terrorism leader. This time, President Obama signed off on an assassination in Yemen.

It deals another severe blow to al-Qaida's deadly affiliate.

American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed by a joint CIA-US military air strike. Also killed in the attack was Samir Khan, another American.

The two have been targeted as playing key roles in spearheading attacks against the US. Obama called al-Awlaki, "the leader of external operation for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula."

Al-Awlaki was also linked to several failed terrorist attacks against the US, including a Christmas Day 2009 plot to blow up an airliner as well as another foiled attack on US cargo planes in 2010.

The elimination of al-Awlaki, coming on the heels of this spring's killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, speaks volumes of the recent effectiveness of US counter-terrorism efforts.

President Obama deserves praise for helping foster those successful raids.

Unfortunately, he is dropping the ball on the homefront. The economy, which he made priority number one on his Oval Office campaign quest, is no better than when he took office.

In fact, in many areas it is growing bleaker.

The most recent evidence of that is a Friday report showing Americans are earning less than they did last month. That marks the first decline in two years.

Less income yields less spending, delivering another blow to the economy.

Moreover, unemployment numbers have shown no indication of a major upsurge.

Obama is making a difference in the ongoing battle against terrorism. However, he is coming up well short in his pledge to deliver brighter economic times.

 
 

 

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