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Obama: I'm 'Really Good at Killing People'

A new book chronicling the new 2012 presidential election is reporting that President Obama used to tell his aides that he was "really good at killing people"  referring to U.S. drone strikes.

Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are authors of the book "Double Down" recount the story.  

Obama oversaw the 2009 surge in Afghanistan, 145 Predator drone strikes in NATO’s 2011 Libya operations, the May 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and drone strikes that killed the Pakistani Taliban leader and a senior member of the Somali-based militant group al-Shabab this week.

His administration also expanded the drone war: There have been 326 drone strikes in Pakistan, 93 in Yemen, and several in Somalia under Obama, compared to a total of 52 under George Bush.

In 2011 two of those strikes killed American-born al-Qaeda propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki and his American-born, 16-year-old son within two weeks.

Jeremy Scahill, author of "Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield" told NBC News that Obama will "go down in history as the president who legitimized and systematized a process by which the United States asserts the right to conduct assassination operations around the world."


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