I can’t help but harbor complicated feelings toward Obama and the American people generally. You see, right around the same time that Obama gave his speech, the grandfather of a 16-year-old American, killed in an apparent incident of profiling, wrote in the New York Times, “They showed me the grave where they buried his remains. I stood over it, asking why my grandchild was dead. Nearly two years later, I still have no answers.” As he put it, “the United States government has refused to explain.”
The 16-year-old “lived in America until he was 7, then came to live with me in Yemen. He was a typical teenager — he watched ‘The Simpsons,’ listened to Snoop Dogg, read ‘Harry Potter’ and had a Facebook page with many friends. He had a mop of curly hair, glasses like me and a wide, goofy smile.” In the autumn of 2011, Abdulrahman set out from his grandfather’s home in search of his father, who he hadn’t seen in years. He was still hundreds of miles away when the U.S. government killed his father, Anwar al-Awlaki, in a drone strike due to his affiliation with Al Qaeda. “Abdulrahman called us and said he was going to return home,” his grandfather wrote. “That was the last time I heard his voice. He was killed just two weeks after his father.”
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"I want to believe that being an American citizen at least means that when you’re killed, the facts around your death will be investigated and wrongdoing will be punished, even if you have a Muslim name and a radical for a father. I fear I’ll never be able to believe it again.” — Conor Friedersdorf, folks.