April 29, 2012

Barack Obama, Warrior in Chief

Peter Bergen, New York Times

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The president who won the Nobel Peace Prize less than nine months after his inauguration has turned out to be one of the most militarily aggressive American leaders in decades.

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TAGGED: United States, Iraq, al-Qaeda, Pakistan, Barack Obama, Yemen, Osama Bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki, 2012


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