Amazing. 5 years after the President wanted Bin Laden dead or alive. Bin Laden is still alive. The president stopped talking about him. He was only one man. The president then “didn’t spend much time on him.” Now, he (Bin Laden) is important again.
(sorry about the still photo. I’ll try and fix it tomorrow.)
As usual, when you leave the office, all hell breaks loose. I really didn’t leave the office but I did go out of town for a few days. I spent some time with the family. While I was gone, Andre Agassi loses and Tiger wins, again. The US Olympic team again proves that putting a bunch of superstars together may not be the best way to play international basketball. The war in Iraq drags on. The Bush administration continues to throw sticks at Iran. The Iranian government throws stones back at us. UN peacekeepers move into southern Lebanon with no real hope of being able to keep the peace.
As I traveled to Texas, the amount of holiday traffic was remarkably light. Planes that were normally packed, were relatively empty. It will be interesting to find out what the final numbers were of the Americans that traveled over the Labor Day holiday but I suspect the amount of traveling once decreased over years past.
On another note, what is up with the gas prices? We were told that gas prices were getting ready to continue to climb above $3.50 a gallon. But yet, in recent days, the price of gas has decreased significantly. Why? The British petroleum pipeline is still broken in Alaska. There is still instability in the Middle East. No new refineries have been built in United States. These were all given his reasons for increasing gas prices. If anything, the rhetoric between the United States and Iran has increased. Thus threatening a major world supplier of oil. Maybe, all of the reasons that we’ve been given for the increase in price of oil has been a smokescreen. The real reason may be something incredibly simple – greed. I don’t know, I’m just guessing.
American and Iraqi troops have captured the man who supervised the bombers of a revered Shiite shrine in Samarra in February, an act that set off a wave of brutal sectarian violence, the Iraqi national security adviser, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, said Sunday.
In a statement broadcast on national television, Mr. Rubaie said the second-ranking leader of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, Hamid Juma Faris Jouri al-Saeedi, was captured several days ago as he hid among Iraqi families in a residential building. He said that Mr. Saeedi was operating near Baquba, north of Baghdad, in the area where Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born leader of the terrorist organization, had sought refuge before he was killed in an American airstrike three months ago.
Mr. Rubaie described Mr. Saeedi as Al Qaeda’s deputy commander in Iraq, serving beneath Abu Ayyub al-Masri, who took over the organization after Mr. Zarqawi’s death. If that characterization is true, it would suggest that Mr. Saeedi is the most senior Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia leader killed or captured since an American F-16 fighter bombed Mr. Zarqawi’s safe house on June 7.
However, a United States military official was more cautious in describing Mr. Saeedi’s place in the organization’s pecking order. While he was a “top-tier guy” who supervised those who carried out the Samarra bombing, “I’m not sure we are ready to put a number on him,” said the American official, who agreed to speak only without being named because Iraqi officials had been designated to announce the capture. “It’s a very decentralized operation.” more
How many times have we captured the Al Qaeda’s #2 in Iraq or Afghanistan? 3 – 5 times? With Al Zarqawi dead, wouldn’t the number 2 become the #1? All I know is the violence comtinues in Iraq.