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‘I’m really good at killing people’: New book claims President Obama bragged to aides about using drone strikes

  • Claim comes from new book ‘Double Down:  Game Change 2012’ about Obama’s re-election campaign
  • Obama Administration has not commented on  the report
  • Remark was made while discussing drone  strikes with aides
  • President won the Nobel Peace Prize in  2009

By  Michael Zennie

PUBLISHED: 16:51 EST, 3  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 17:20 EST, 3 November 2013

President Barack Obama bragged to his aides  that he’s ‘really good at killing people,’ according to explosive claims in a  new book about the 2012 presidential campaign.

The revelation comes at a time when Obama,  who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, has faced increasing criticism for his  use of drones to target insurgents and terrorist suspects, particularly in  Pakistan and Yemen.

The London-based Bureau of Investigative  Journalism estimates that Obama has authorized 326 drone strikes. Since 2004,  CIA unmanned aerial vehicles have killed 2,500 to 3,600 people – including up to  950 civilians.

President Obama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, had ordered an estimated 325 drone strikes against suspected terrorists and insurgents 

President Obama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009,  had ordered an estimated 325 drone strikes against suspected terrorists and  insurgents

 

Obama was given the Peace Prize in 2009, less than a year into his presidency, for his aspirations of nuclear disarmament  

Obama was given the Peace Prize in 2009, less than a  year into his presidency, for his aspirations of nuclear disarmament

 

Double Down: Game Change 2012, will be  released on Tuesday, but at least one early review points out the shocking  detail included by authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

A Washington Post report makes passing  reference to the anecdote, saying that while speaking with his aides about the  drone program Obama bragged that he was ‘really good at killing  people.’

The Obama Administration has not responded  specifically to reports of the alleged boast from the President.

However, Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer told  ABC’s ‘This Week’ today that ‘the president is always frustrated about  leaks.

‘I haven’t talked to him about this book. I  haven’t read it. He hasn’t read it. But he hates leaks.’

Deadly strikes with the MQ-1 Predator drone and other unmanned aerial vehicles have grown considerably under the Obama Administration - and the President has defended the use of the tacticDeadly strikes with the MQ-1 Predator drone and other  unmanned aerial vehicles have grown considerably under the Obama Administration  – and the President has defended the use of the tactic

 

The Obama administration also disputes drone  casualty figures – though it has not released any numbers of its own to counter  the independent studies.

 

 

Obama has defended his use of drones as being  necessary for stopping terrorists in remote places before they can attack  civilians.

‘Let us remember that the terrorists we are  after target civilians, and the death toll from their acts of terrorism against  Muslims dwarfs any estimate of civilian casualties from drone strikes,’ he said  in a speech at the National Defense University in May.

In October 2009, the Norwegian Nobel  Committee – appointed by the Norwegian Parliament – gave Obama the Peace Prize  for his ‘extraordinary efforts’ to strengthen democracy, specifically citing his  goals of nuclear disarmament.

 

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