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CIA believes that Al Qaeda killed Bhutto

I have written a lot on Benizar Bhutto (here, here and here). She knew before she returned to Pakistan that there were going to attempts on her life. My question is where was the security? If she was unable to Pervez Musharref and the Pakistani government to protect her then she needed to get someone. What about Blackwater? I guarantee that Blackwater would have been able to protect her for a price. Roads would have been cleared. She would have never been allowed to stick her head out of sunroof. Guys with high powered rifles, machine guns and wrap-around sunglasses would have been everywhere. Bullet-proof and bomb resistant Black Chevy Suburbans would have been everywhere and she would have been safe. (Yes, they would have run over innocent Pakistanis and probably shot a few also, but she would be alive today.)

The CIA has issued a report that Bhutto was killed by Al Qaeda and allies of Pakistani tribal leader Baitullah Mehsud. Amazingly, this view is echoed by the Pakistani government. With knowing or understanding the internal politics of Pakistan, I know that the US government would like for me to think about how dangerous Al Qaeda is. This I know. To say that I have my doubts would be an understatement.


From WaPo:

The CIA has concluded that members of al-Qaeda and allies of Pakistani tribal leader Baitullah Mehsud were responsible for last month’s assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, and that they also stand behind a new wave of violence threatening that country’s stability, the agency’s director, Michael V. Hayden, said in an interview.

Offering the most definitive public assessment by a U.S. intelligence official, Hayden said Bhutto was killed by fighters allied with Mehsud, a tribal leader in northwestern Pakistan, with support from al-Qaeda’s terrorist network. That view mirrors the Pakistani government’s assertions. (more…)

By |2008-01-18T15:33:34-04:00January 18th, 2008|Pakistan|Comments Off on CIA believes that Al Qaeda killed Bhutto

People that hate America really wear me out

America is my home. We have great traditions. I love my home and my traditions. One of our quaint traditions is based on Judeo-Christian heritage. It is the tradition of trying to do the right thing. The Bush Administration has changed this to – anything that we do because we are Americans is by definition the right thing.

One of those people that hate America and our traditions is Deroy Murdock. He penned an article last week for the National Review. He begged Bush to embrace waterboarding. He states that Bush should, “reinstate waterboarding, proudly and publicly, so America can get the information we need to prevent Muslim-fanatic mass murder and win the Global War on Terror.”

Earlier in the article, Deroy uses Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the 9-11 mastermind, as the example that waterboarding is a great technique and one that “every American should be proud.” He lists a number of Al Qaeda operatives that KSM turned over. Mr. Murdock doesn’t reveal that we don’t know if KSM told investigators this information before or after he was waterboarded. He also leaves out the volumes of false information that KSM spewed. A NYT article questions KSM’s claims – It is not clear how many of Mr. Mohammed’s expansive claims were legitimate. In 2005, the Sept. 11 commission said that Mr. Mohammed was noted for his extravagant ambitions, and, using his initials, described his vision as “theater, a spectacle of destruction with KSM as the self-cast star, the superterrorist.”


By |2007-11-15T04:22:02-04:00November 15th, 2007|Al Qaeda, Torture|Comments Off on People that hate America really wear me out

TCR – Word – Matthew McCo-how to you spell that

Stephen Colbert takes a look at People Magazine and their sexist man alive, Matthew McConaughey.  I thought that Stephen would complain that he wasn’t chosen (one of the reasons why I don’t write comedy).  Instead, he talks about how men live thru Matthew.

By |2007-06-20T02:58:48-04:00June 20th, 2007|Fun, The Colbert Report|Comments Off on TCR – Word – Matthew McCo-how to you spell that
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