Terror Fear Speading

May 24, 2011

The Financial Times reports:

The brazen attack on a Pakistani naval air base has sent shockwaves through the nuclear-armed country, raising concerns about the military’s ability to protect sophisticated weaponry .

The ease with which six Taliban militants stormed the PNS Mehran base in Karachi, close to the city’s busy commercial airport, and destroyed two newly US-supplied P-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft has unnerved Pakistan’s military establishment.

The militants held off security forces for more than 16 hours, killed 12 naval personnel and injured 14. Their primary objective appeared to be some of the military’s most sophisticated electronic warfare equipment, as they wiped out Pakistan’s anti-submarine warfare capability in a single stroke.

Ghazanfar Ali, a former brigadier general, said the Taliban attack would “hurt Pakistan’s reputation as a nuclear weapons state” in the eyes of the international community, by emphasising the country’s vulnerability.

The nukes are next.

And if that wasn’t enough, apparently Mullah Omar escaped from his safe house, in Pakistan:

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Obama Kills Osama in Cold Blood?

May 5, 2011

Here is the Reuters headline: No resistance in “cold-blooded” U.S. raid: Pakistan officials

Osama bin Laden and his comrades offered no resistance when killed by U.S. special forces in a Pakistani town, Pakistani security officials said on Thursday.

U.S. accounts of what happened have changed throughout the week, and initial characterizations of a 40-minute gun battle have given way to officials being quoted as saying only one of the five people who were killed had been armed.

The White House has cited the “fog of war” as a reason for initial misinformation on whether bin Laden — who was shot in the head — was armed when U.S. Navy SEALs raided his compound in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad early on Monday.

Two senior Pakistani security officials, citing their investigation, said there was no firefight because the inhabitants never fired back.

“The people inside the house were unarmed. There was no resistance,” one of the officials said.

“It was cold-blooded,” said the second official when asked if there was any exchange of fire during the operation which, U.S. officials said lasted nearly 40 minutes.

Seems like our terror warrior allies are having a revenge hit.

New shrine forming at raided compound. So much for not allowing the body to be used as a shrine.

Bin Laden Shrine Fears As Tourists Flock To Death Compound

ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan – US efforts to prevent a shrine to Osama bin Laden were under threat Thursday as several hundred sightseers flocked to the house where the world’s most notorious terrorist met his death.

Pakistan officials said the compound in Abbottabad where bin Laden was shot dead Sunday already became a tourist attraction and that there were no plans to destroy the building.

“I can tell you for a fact that it will become a place of tourism,” said Dr. Muhammad Azfar Nisar, the deputy civil chief of the city. “People are already coming here from as far away as Lahore to see the house, so why should we destroy the building? The more revenue, the better.”

Of well, at least we don’t get the death photos, until they get leaked.


Soft Power: Taliban Extorting ‘Protection Payments’ From Taxpayer-Funded Private Security Contract

June 25, 2010

(CNSNews.com) – Some of the $2 billion in U.S. taxpayer funds spent on a Defense Department contract for the private security of “vital” U.S. military supplies in Afghanistan may be making its way to the Taliban as “protection payments for safe passage,” a House investigative report found.

The State Department confirmed that the Taliban continues to receive “protection money” when asked about the House report, which includes December 2009 testimony from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton told a Senate panel, “one of the major sources for the Taliban is the protection money” for safe passage of U.S. supply convoys.

“Taliban continues to extort protection money as a source of revenue just like via the opium trade,” Darby Holladay, a spokesman for the State Department, the government agency that oversees U.S. civilian forces in Afghanistan, told CNSNews.com.

I wonder why this seems not to be in the news? Paying your enemies to invent a make believe scenario in the media that all is fine. What a novel idea for the use of Soft Power.


Two Big Military Scalps For Michael Yon

June 25, 2010

Well, I wouldn’t cross Michael Yon, the intrepid independent war reporter and photographer who has covered the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan with distinction and dogged intensity. For weeks, he was fulimating about two men – Brigadier-General Daniel Menard of the Canadian Army and General Stanley McChrystal.

Then, two things happened. First, Menard was fired. Then, McChrystal was fired.

True, neither was dismissed for reasons directly related to Yon’s reporting – though Menard’s negligent discharge of his rifle at Kandahar can hardly have helped any case he had for staying and McChrystal’s chances of remaining in post might have been greater had his Afghan war strategy not been facing excoriating criticism from the likes of Yon.

Looks like Michael was right. One of the first things Gen Petraeus did was invite Michael Yon back to the war — Might not seem like a perk, but Michael sees it as such.

Turn the lights back on Michael.


Now With Liberal McChrystal Gone, Michael Yon Is Going Back To Afghanistan

June 25, 2010

Michael Yon reports on his website today: Michael Yon has been invited to embed again by both Great Britain and the US. Michael Yon isn’t a correspondent who sparks a neutral reaction in the reader. You either love him or you don’t. There’s not much of an in-between.

In April Yon’s embed in Afghanistan ended abruptly. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, was in charge and some of Yon’s fans blamed the general. The official reason given was “overcrowding by journalists.”

In a dispatch announcing the change, Yon wrote, “Haven’t seen a journalist in weeks.”

In the preceding month, Yon had pulled no punches in his dispatches, criticizing Canadian Brig. Gen. Daniel Ménard who commanded Task Force Kandahar. Yon took some heat for that one too, until the truth came out.


Fork In The Road

October 9, 2009

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After JFK started the Vietnam war, pulled the plug on the Bay of Pigs Cuba invasion, JKF was assassinated. His VP Johnson was sworn in. Johnson saw his chance for the Great Society social engineering crap, which we have been living with ever since — But the Vietnam War wouldn’t go away. So Johnson started what he called his ‘containment policy’ — But the war wouldn’t go away.

Johnson was far more interested in his Great Society crap — But the war wouldn’t go away.

So Johnson went away.


New Pakistani Taliban Chief Vows Strike at U.S.

October 5, 2009

Oh boy, the crash and burn act of the Oba-Mao cult of personality is going worldwide, FNC reports:

The Pakistani Taliban’s new leader met with reporters in the country’s tribal areas for the first time since winning control of the militants and vowed to retaliate against the U.S. and Pakistan for drone attacks along the Afghan border.

The appearance by Hakimullah Mehsud ended any speculation that he was killed in a leadership battle within the militant group sparked by the August slaying of his predecessor Baitullah Mehsud in a missile strike.

Mehsud, flanked by other Taliban commanders in a show of unity, spoke to a small group of reporters Sunday on condition the interview only be published Monday.

Mehsud said his group would avenge the killing of Baitullah Mehsud and strike back at Pakistan and the U.S. for the increasing number of drone attacks in the tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan.

Unmanned drones have carried out more than 70 missile strikes in northwestern Pakistan over the last year in a covert program, killing several top militant commanders along with sympathizers and civilians. The Pakistani government publicly protests the attacks but is widely believed to sanction them and provide intelligence for at least some.

Meanwhile, the Oba-Mao administration is still talking about what to do about Gen McChrystal’s troop reinforcements — At least I think they are.


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