I will break protocol today…I usually try to post on anything but politics on the weekends….
I was not going to write any more about the dastardly act of terror in Boston……..but then I started hearing all the conspiracies and the bigots take to the airways to spread their unsubstantiated reports of bullsh*t………
Has anyone noticed that the crack pots on the Right are sure that these whack-a-doodle bombers were radicalized by Islamist……apparently they have info that the authorities are unaware of or they are just making this crap up…..my guess is the latter….people like Beck, Alex Jones, Drudge and a wealth of uninformed mind numbing asshats on the Right…..my fav bullsh*t report states that the bomb was set off by the FBI and these kids were just the patsy they needed……
From the information that I have seen….barring the lunatic fringe on both sides of the political insane rooms…….my opinion is that they were amateurs.
One, the Chechen separatists have NO argument with the US….only with the imperialism of Russia….if they would have trained someone then the destruction would have been within the borders of Russia.
Two, the technique of acquiring the 3 pounds of black powder is pure amateurish….there is an easier and more effective way to acquire the needed substance…..and this way would not involve crossing state lines to buy it….and it is totally legal……
Three, there were no plans for escape….if they were suicide bombers then they would not need one (this was never in their plan)….but if they were professional trained terrorist that wanted to strike again they would have had a better plan……
Four, there are more effective ways to build a Claymore like device and could have been made easier and cheaper (pressure cookers are not cheap)……
From the information available on ‘real’ sites these guys were rank amateurs that were looking for attention and 15 minutes of fame….from the way they went about the whole episode was taken off of some lunatic fringe website….I do not believe there was any training other than maybe some video on a site……these were stupid teenagers that were looking for a thrill…..
Please, before some asshat tries to claim that I am defending terrorists….I am not! I am defending NO one….these types need to be put away for a very long time never to breath the air of freedom again….Until more information comes to light, to assume these 2 men were anything but rank amateurs is disingenuous……and nothing more than fear mongering and spewing hate and racism…….and anyone that takes those Right asshats seriously without more proof are MORONS!
Do I need to repeat that?
The news is that we, The US, will be pulling our troops out of Afghanistan starting this Spring……and that will bring an end of this chapter in American history, our longest war……….but what will that do to our effectiveness to cease terrorists from attacking our shores?
We will still be using the drones to do the work of our soldiers….in Pakistan….in Yemen….and any where else they may be needed…..with that said, will we ever use our troops in a ground war again? My ansdwer is….you can bet on it. But where? Iran? How about Syria? If not these then where?
Personally, I expect to see our soldiers used in Mali. Why? You may ask.
Mali is quickly becoming a stronghold for AQ……..yes there are some in Syria but the sheer force of the group is growing in strength as it did in Sudan and the Afghanistan……..it has worried the West, though not much has been in the press about it…..and the French took it upon themselves……
(Newser) – France’s foreign minister is optimistic about the campaign it started in Mali Friday, saying it will be over within “weeks.” He rejected a comparison to the Afghanistan war, adding, “we have no intention of staying forever,” the BBC reports. The country’s defense minister was also positive, saying the mission is “developing favorably,” even as Islamist fighters today seized Diabaly, a government-controlled territory 250 miles from the capital of Bamako. A Malian intelligence agent tells the AP that French pilots launched a raid near Diabaly this morning, which marks an expansion of the conflict—until now, raids were occurring in the distant north.
The defense minister says Islamists are retreating in the east, but still causing France difficulty in the west. Aides to French President Francois Hollande say they are better trained and better armed than had been expected. More from the conflict:
- Mali rebels have sworn to take revenge; one leader for al-Qaeda offshoot Mujao tells AFP, “France has attacked Islam. We will strike at the heart of France.” French authorities are on high alert for retaliatory attacks on home soil.
- The European Union will send military trainers to the Malian army late next month or early in March, Reuters reports, but the EU does not plan for those trainers to have any combat role in the country.
- And NATO says France has not asked it for any help, Reuters adds. A spokesperson says the organization is “concerned” about the situation in Mali and welcomes France’s efforts, but “there has been no request, no discussion [within NATO] on the situation in Mali, the alliance as such is not involved in this crisis.”
- Hollande is holding a cabinet meeting to discuss the crisis today, and the UN Security Council will also meet today at France’s request.
- The New York Times takes an extensive look at the crisis and its background, noting that the US for years attempted to stop the Islamic militants from gaining a foothold in the region. But last year, many of the commanders trained by America defected. “It was a disaster,” says a senior Malian officer. It was also an American-trained officer who led the coup that eventually overthrew Mali’s elected government.
Meanwhile, a west African intervention force is putting together the promised troops who will be sent to Mali though it’s not clear when they will arrive.
The French are a bold bunch….but I do not think that it will be as easy as they would have us believe……..why do I say it?
Newser) – The US is reportedly going to provide more tactical help to French troops trying to keep Islamist rebels from overtaking Mali, and a former US ambassador to the country says it can’t come too soon. Helping France succeed is “in our national interest,” argues Vicki Huddleston in the New York Times. The rebels in Mali have ties to the notorious Boko Haram group, as well as to Ansar al-Sharia, the militia thought to be behind the Benghazi attack that killed ambassador Chris Stevens.
“Until the French stepped in, the near-collapse of the military had threatened to turn Mali, a landlocked, desperately poor country, into a desert stronghold for jihadists,” writes Huddleston. The US is spread thin in Afghanistan and elsewhere, so ground troops are off the table. But providing intelligence, money, and training—along with pressure on other African nations to intervene—is a necessary investment. If the US doesn’t want Mali to “become a launchpad for terrorism,” it “must not dither in doing its share.” Click for Huddleston’s full column.
And there we have it…….the US will be providing some support to the French in their operation in Mali…..now how many times has the US been sucked into more trouble spots by offering to support our friends……
As Queen blares in the background…….
Recently we whacked the number one terrorist in the whole wide world, Osama,……..kudos to us!
And we have killed about a thousand number twos….even more kudos!
And now we got that bastard American that turned himself into a cleric….no…not Cat Stevens……you know that tall skinny bearded guy in Yemen?
An American radical cleric linked to al-Qaida who led an organization labeled as one of the most serious threats to U.S. security has been killed in Yemen, the country’s defense ministry said on Friday.”The terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed along with some of his companions,” the defense ministry said in a statement sent by text message to journalists, Reuters reported.
A Yemeni security official told Reuters that al-Awlaki, who is of Yemeni descent, was hit in a Friday morning air raid in the northern al-Jawf province that borders oil giant Saudi Arabia.
While the American government did not immediately officially verify the claim, NBC News’ Chuck Todd reported that a senior official had confirmed to him that al-Awlaki had been killed.
NBC News’ Richard Engel reported in a message on Twitter that a Yemen source said al-Awlaki was killed by U.S. planes. An American drone aircraft targeted but missed him in May.
We Americans can now sleep better at night…..for we have killed another bad guy…..and only about a bazillion left to go….kudos!
Subject: War On Terror
For decades there have been many that have accused the US of being imperialistic, especially in their foreign policy….those accusations were the loudest during the Cold War and most recently by the Islamist states of the Middle East….but could there be any reality to those accusations?
According to some the US Congress is doing its level best to install a policy of imperialistic adventurism and they are trying to cloud this with vague references to the War on Terror…..CommonDreams.org has weighed in on this happening….original article was from the Boston Globe……
The House of Representatives is debating a new definition of America’s military mission in the world, replacing the mandate adopted immediately after 9/11. Instead of merely authorizing the president to make war against those who “committed or aided” the 2001 attacks, the proposed National Defense Authorization Act expands the notion of America’s enemy to include forces “associated” with named antagonists like Al Qaeda and the Taliban.According to its critics (including numerous House Democrats who asked last week that such language be dropped), this seemingly innocuous expansion would, in effect, license an open-ended bleeding of the American battle away from Iraq and Afghanistan to any location in which such vaguely defined associates operate. The two present wars could become three, four, or five, and could shift from the Middle East to Africa, South Asia, or anywhere that a photo, say, of Osama bin Laden hung in the barracks.
For a time in the Bush era, officials and public intellectuals promoted the idea of American empire, declaring it the duty of the United States to maintain planet-wide dominance through military force for the sake of political order and economic well-being — not only of Americans but of the world. This virtuous purpose would make America, in a phrase of the historian Niall Ferguson, “an empire by invitation.” The arrival of terrorism as a mass threat made this hegemonic mission seem inevitable. At some point, the word “empire” fell out of fashion, even on the right. Yet the structures and ideology — and bases — of world-wide dominion reproduced themselves, and soon enough the central assumption of empires embedded itself in American consciousness — the idea that the global rules of order apply to every nation except the one that enforces them.
According to the popular definition……imperialism is the policy of extending a nation’s authority by territorial acquisition or by the establishment of economic and political hegemony over other nations. If you do not appreciate that definition how about a simple one for adventurism? Involvement in risky enterprises without regard to proper procedures and possible consequences, especially the reckless intervention by a nation in the affairs of another nation or region……now does any of that sound a bit familiar?
But hey! If we must invade and flex our military muscle….I think that Jane Stillwater has the perfect solution in BuzzFlash……
Of course plundering Libya does have its good points, I’ll be the first to admit. By sacking and pillaging its oil-producing cities for their loot, there is much swag to be had — especially if you are working for BP. However, dollar for dollar, the Cayman Islands have much more loot to offer than almost anywhere else in the world — and I’m not just talking about some eye-popping booty here either. Unlike Libya, the Cayman Islands are also offering a really first-class place to invade.
Just imagine all those billions and trillions of dollars stored in the bank vaults at Georgetown, just lying there waiting to be had. And them thar hearty treasures are easy pickings too — because the Caymans, unlike Libya, doesn’t even have an army to defend itself. No major guided missile systems, no nuclear weapons, not even very many tanks. Plus the hotels in the Caymans are much nicer than the ones in Libya, giving Anderson Cooper much more comfortable digs to report from than in the Middle East.
I like IT! Just think of all the billions that we have lost over the years…..Hawks want to use our military superiority…here is the perfect way to do so and pay down the deficit…win-win!
I recently wrote a post on the possible new leaders of A-Qaeda and now there is an interim leader…
Al-Qaeda has yet to name a successor to Osama bin Laden, but CNN reports that a “caretaker” leader is in place. He is identified as Saif al-Adel, an Egyptian who has been in the group’s upper echelon for years. Even al-Qaeda has to worry about politics, apparently: Adel may simply be the equivalent of a test balloon to see how the group’s rank-and-file reacts to the idea of someone from Egypt—as opposed to the Arabian Peninsula—taking charge. If it goes well, it could pave the way for bin Laden deputy Ayman al-Zawahri, also an Egyptian, to take permanent control.
Now we have a new target……let the SEALs know they are needed yet again…..it may be a mote point….why? Most of the AQ members do NOT want an Egyptian leader….so the SEALs may not be needed….the faction of the AQ may do the work for them….
Middle East Desk
Pres. Obama gave the order…the special ops people carried it out and Osama is very dead….and now it is official…last Friday, 06 May 2011 a post on a terrorists website has confirmed that Osama is dead….maybe now the hot air windbags will stop some of the conspiracy crap that has plagued the airwaves for the last 5 days…..The details of the raid are still news and that is ALL that the media is fixated on for now…Osama is confirmed dead and by an independent source, let it go and move on!
What should be the big story is the leadership of AQ…that will determine the direction the organization will travel…instead of second guessing the facts maybe it would behoove you guys to start thinking about the next voice of the terror in the night….I can help! (not that you would pay any attention to a lowly blogger)……
There are a handful of AQ members that could possibly be interested in the leadership roll….but there are few that I feel would be capable…..
The most popular theory is that Osama’s second in command will step into the leadership roll, on, Ayman al-Zawahri…only because this is the only guy they know…the truth of the matter is…he is a divisive personality…he is arrogant and detached from the membership of the organization…..he lacks a charismatic personality or the skills to hold AQ together as a cohesive unit…..under his leadership AQ will most likely splinter and become much weaker and eventually will fade from the international stage to be a regional irritant….
There is Ilyas Kashmiri–Kashmiri was a top general in the Pak special forces and eventually turned on them and joined al Qaeda in 2002, helping to train Afghan Taliban fighters to attack Americans and NATO troops in Afghanistan, and then attacking his former ISI handlers and the army. He has been linked to the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto…..and has become an outspoken AQ operative…there are some that feel he has the cajones to challenge Zahawri to take control of AQ….
If I were a betting person…my money would be on American born, Anwar al-Awlaki….he is a firebrand cleric that is living in Yemen and is the leader of AQ on the Saudi peninsula…..I like him, if he lives, because he speaks Arabic and English fluently and could be a very successful PR tool, plus he knows what Americans think and feel, after all he is an American of Yemeni ancestry…his knowledge of the US will be invaluable to AQ if it is too survive the coming power plays……
There are some minor players that could make a play for leadership….Abdullah, al-Adel, Gadahn, Abu Ghaith and El-Hoorie are the most likely candidates, but these do not have the cajones for leadership……
Make no mistake, a power war is coming to AQ and it will depend on who wins the struggle as to what direction the organization will travel…only time and special ops will determine if they last or not….
Addendum: Perhaps the US government agrees with my assessment…..recently a drone was sent to target Al-Awlaki…it missed but did kill a couple of low level AQ operatives…..better luck next time…..
I NO longer have to start a post with….”Osama Bin Laden is STILL DEAD!
AQ has made it official…Thanx to the HufPo for the breaking news…..
The confirmation came in an Internet statement posted on militant websites, signed by “the general leadership” of al-Qaida. The announcement opens the way for the group to name a successor to bin Laden. His deputy Ayman al-Zawahri is now the most prominent figure in the group and is a very likely contender to take his place.
The statement, dated May 3, was the first by the terror network since bin Laden was killed Monday by U.S. commandos in a raid on his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The statement’s authenticity could not be independently confirmed, but it was posted on websites where the group traditionally puts out its messages.
“We stress that the blood of the holy warrior sheik, Osama bin Laden, God bless him, is precious to us and to all Muslims and will no go in vain,” the statement said. “We will remain, God willing, a curse chasing the Americans and their agents, following them outside and inside their countries.”
“Soon, God willing, their happiness will turn to sadness,” it said, “their blood will be mingled with their tears.”
Now the war for leadership will begin and I will be watching!
First of all, Osama Bin Laden is still DEAD!
We had a raid on his compound…he was killed…..now there is a partisan pack of idiots out there….patting themselves on the back….Obama made the decision…it was on his shoulders and his watch….kudos….and now we have dipsticks rattling around for position on whether to release the death pics of Osama….choose your argument and tell it to the wind….he (Obama) has made his decision….no release! Now the stoopids that are bitching about it as if it is some sort of conspiracy I say one thing…..LET OSAMA PROVE HE IS STILL ALIVE!
The media has been back and forth….back and forth….all about the photos and who shot who, where and why? Let it GO! The truth is thgat in the Middle East what few articles I read, the concern was not about the inflammatory nature of any photos but rather the burial at sea…….
What this corporate media should be reporting is what I consider a BIG story….they, the media, has asked what would be the consequences of the killing of Osama……and an article in the Arab News points to a possible out come of the raid….This should have been a lead story on the Nightly News….but NO they still want to have the photo debate…pathetic losers! Here is an old fashion idea….TRY REPORTING THE GOOD NEWS for a change….
From the Middle East largest English newspaper…The Arab News……
Alleged Al-Qaeda operative Khaled Hadal Al-Qahtani, who figured high on a list of 47 most-wanted terrorists, has surrendered to Saudi security authorities, Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki announced on Wednesday.The Interior Ministry reiterated its call to all wanted Saudi militants to return to the Kingdom and surrender themselves to security authorities as quickly as possible.
The ministry issued a new list of 47 most-wanted terrorists on Jan. 8. Interpol had issued a worldwide alert for militants with suspected links to Al-Qaeda who are wanted on terrorism charges.
The Saudi suspects posed “a potentially serious public threat at home and abroad due to their suspected involvement with Al-Qaeda,” Interpol said at the time, quoting an Interior Ministry statement.
The vultures that call themselves journalists are busy trying to make some official screw on the record so that they can have some sort of morbid victory…..when there is a good chance that the death of Osama will have a positive effect on the War on Terror…..this is why I look for real news from real sources….
Personally, I want to believe that this surrendering of a terror suspect voluntarily is the shape of things to come…..and that AQ will be on the ropes.
Today was going to be a day of post on Constitution related subjects,,,,more to come later…..but with all the debate and the noise about the death of Osama bin Laden; I found an interesting piece from Newser site…..it seems that the will of Osama has been located…..
Osama bin Laden didn’t want his wives to remarry or his children to become terrorists after his death, according to what a Kuwaiti newspaper says is a copy of his will. In the document—written on a computer, dated December 2001, and signed by “your brother Abu Abdullah Osama Muhammad bin Laden”—bin Laden claims responsibility for 9/11 and many other terrorist attacks, the Guardian reports. He laments betrayal around him, apologizes for being a neglectful dad, and advises his children not to join al-Qaeda or to join “the front” to wage jihad. “I have chosen a path fraught with dangers and endured hardships, disappointment and betrayal. If it wasn’t for betrayal, things would be different today,” the will states. “As for you, my sons, forgive me if I failed to devote more of my time to you since I answered the call to jihad.” The Kuwaiti paper hasn’t revealed how it obtained the will or if it was able to authenticate it. If it is genuine, Osama must have changed his mind about his children joining the fight: His youngest son appeared in terror videos and died in Sunday’s raid.
I found the information fascinating if it is true and accurate…..how about you guys?
By now we all have heard the a/hole of the century is dead…..bet you are asking…how did we do it?
USA Today tells it…..
A big win in the war on terror…….who will, if anyone, will step up to replace good old OBL….but first, I want to see the body….we have been fooled before…..