Robert Gibbs, senior campaign advisor for President Obama, justified the death of 16-year-old American citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki when asked about the issue following the Hofstra University presidential debate on October 15.
The remarks are the fist acknowledgement by the Obama Administration of the younger al-Awlaki’s death.
“I would suggest that you should have a far more responsible father if they’re truly concerned about the well-being of their children. I don’t think being an al-Qaeda, jihadist terrorist is the best way to go about doing your business,” were Gibbs’ words to a We Are Change reporter, seemingly phrased as advice for the deceased teenage boy.
Now blaming the kid for his father’s actions is a far different thing than blaming the father for putting the kid in a dangerous situation. But let’s assume he meant the latter, for Gibbs’ sake.
Not only should Abdulrahman’s status as a minor, and an American citizen, with no criminal charges, protect him against the drone strike that murdered him.
But Anwar al-Awlaki was killed two weeks before his son in a completely different part of Yemen.
So yes, believe it or not, that’s Robert Gibbs’ message to put it kindly. Blame your dead father for your death, kid.
See Gibbs respond to the question on the al-Awlaki deaths for yourself. The goods begin at 1:55.