Obama Apologizes, Takes Responsibility
President Obama said he is responsible for the drone strike that killed American and Italian hostages, and apologized.
“I profoundly regret what happened,” Obama said, apologizing to the families of the deceased.
A statement from the White House identified the hostages as Dr. Warren Weinstein [pictured], an American held by al Qaeda since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national who had been an al Qaeda hostage since 2012. According to the White House, the operation in which the two were killed targeted an al Qaeda-associated compound, “where we had no reason to believe either hostage was present, located in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
allison1050 April 23rd, 2015 at 11:35 am
What was the doctor doing there is the 1st place anyone know?
Republicans_are_Evil April 23rd, 2015 at 11:58 am
They were being held captive. Did you read the article?
Budda April 23rd, 2015 at 12:06 pm
I believe Allison was asking about the reason they were there BEFORE their capture .
allison1050 April 23rd, 2015 at 4:13 pm
Thanks Budda I was.
tracey marie April 23rd, 2015 at 1:12 pm
allison1050 April 23rd, 2015 at 4:13 pm
Try harder sweetie ’cause that didn’t work! ;o) Love your avi though.
tracey marie April 23rd, 2015 at 1:20 pm
He was a “developement expert” doing contract work in Pakistan when he was captured.He was the country director for American Firm G.E.Austin associates, they ,he advices government and Pakistani businesses.he admitted he should not have stayed there, he was in Pakistan for 9 years before being abducted at his home. The company did not secure the home or make any attempt to keep him safe
allison1050 April 23rd, 2015 at 4:12 pm
Thanks so much Tracey for the info.
tracey marie April 23rd, 2015 at 4:16 pm
You are most welcome Allison.
anothertoothpick April 23rd, 2015 at 1:22 pm
Warren Weinstein (July 3, 1941 – January 2015) was an American contractor, and director in Pakistan for J.E. Austin Associates. He was kidnapped by al-Qaeda on August 13, 2011 in Lahore, Pakistan.
Giovanni Lo Porto was an aid worker who went to Pakistan with a German NGO
allison1050 April 23rd, 2015 at 4:14 pm
whatthe46 April 23rd, 2015 at 6:33 pm
i wish they had been more protected.
anothertoothpick April 23rd, 2015 at 7:18 pm
It’s a horrible, thing war is. Lots of good innocent people get killed.
whatthe46 April 23rd, 2015 at 8:08 pm
i know that they are going there for good, i just don’t think that people should blame “anyone” when they are caught in the cross fire. that’s a hostile place to be in and you, unfortunately, take your chances. bless them for wanting to do good, but its no ones fault when these things happen, expect the people who murdered them. that’s my view. some may disagree, i’m open to discussion.
anothertoothpick April 23rd, 2015 at 9:45 pm
out of the 162 countries covered by the Institute for Economics and Peace’s (IEP’s) latest study, just 11 were not involved in conflict of one kind or another.
This unfortunate friendly fire mishap is just one of dozens happening every day.
I am waiting for the Republicans to put the blame on President Obama, no matter what the issue.
whatthe46 April 23rd, 2015 at 10:11 pm
tear in both my eyes. ’cause i’m sick of this chit!
jasperjava April 23rd, 2015 at 2:55 pm
This sounds a bit like blaming the victim. Americans ought to be able to work in humanitarian development aid without fear of being captured and threatened with death.
Yes, it’s dangerous work in dangerous places, and the people who do it deserve praise for their courage and sorrow at their passing, not second-guessing.
allison1050 April 23rd, 2015 at 4:09 pm
Thanks, I had no idea why the doctor was there.
fahvel April 23rd, 2015 at 12:01 pm
drones are not soldiers and not infallible so when war becomes the act of machines, watch out!!!!
StoneyCurtisll April 23rd, 2015 at 9:28 pm
On the bright side…
They killed this piece of garbage..
whatthe46 April 23rd, 2015 at 9:32 pm
i’m sorry if this sounds terrible. but, 2 people (innocent) died, at least it wasn’t thousands. it wasn’t our presidents war. it isn’t his war. i’m sad for the family.
StoneyCurtisll April 23rd, 2015 at 9:41 pm
Adam Yahiye Gadahn ( September 1, 1978 – January 2015) was an American senior operative, cultural interpreter, spokesman and media advisor for the Islamist group al-Qaeda. Since 2004, he had appeared in a number of videos produced by al-Qaeda as “Azzam the American” (‘Azzām al-Amrīki, عزام الأمريكي, sometimes transcribed as Ezzam Al-Amerikee). Gadahn, who converted to Islam
in 1995 at a California mosque, was described as “homegrown,” meaning
that he had converted to an ideology so firmly that he was willing to
harm his country of origin…
craig7120 April 23rd, 2015 at 9:44 pm
Imagine Mr Cheney or Mr Bush excepting responsibility or apologizing to the families that lost a son or daughter, mom or dad, brother or sister…..
In fact I think Mr Cheney is proud of what they did and suck up the attention it creates for him, he’s not a good person.
anothertoothpick April 23rd, 2015 at 9:48 pm
I think the same thing every time I hear someone tell me the is no differences between the two parties.
whatthe46 April 23rd, 2015 at 10:18 pm
i just bitched someone out. they were saying “about time he took responsibility about something” i went the fk off! i told him about george and dick, and he was like, this isn’t about them. well, i went off again. needless to say, like all repukes, he didn’t know how to respond.
William April 24th, 2015 at 7:49 am
“Imagine Mr Cheney or Mr Bush excepting responsibility”
Yeah, just imagine…