Saturday, January 14, 2006

Intelligence Failure

Bush Orders Attack That Kills Innocent Pakistanis



"Doctors told AP at least 17 people died, including women and children, but residents put the death toll at more than 30." Thousands in Pakistan are rioting over their deaths. Whether or not al-Zawahri was killed isn't what matters most here. This type of attack with reckless disregard for innocent life in other countries is no more morally justifiable than acts of terrorism. Bush was salivating a hero's headline for finally getting the real #2, and he acted hastily with terrible result. The CIA has to give the President a heads up about this type of an attack. Any time it involves a use of force in a foreign country we are not at war with, the decision rests with the chimperor. He's too stupid to be trusted with that decision. Make no mistake, this is all Bush's fault.

How long will it be before people realize where our intelligence failures are coming from and get rid of him?

I'm going to quote from this AP article but there are too many varying reports out there as to who was killed. There's also this:"Friday morning's strike killed eight men, five women and five children, Pakistani intelligence sources told CNN. Three homes were targeted" and there's this: "The attack killed eight women, and six children aged under 10." So who the hell knows? Thus I have delayed posting anything until now.

Pakistanis Condemn Purported CIA Attack


AP Pakistan - Pakistani officials on Saturday angrily condemned a purported CIA airstrike meant to target al-Qaida's No. 2 man, saying he wasn't there and "innocent civilians" were among at least 17 men, women and children killed in a village near the Afghan border.

Thousands of tribesmen staged protests and a mob set fire to the office of a U.S.-backed aid agency as Pakistan's people and government showed increasing frustration over a recent series of suspected U.S. attacks along the frontier that appear aimed at Islamic militants....

Counterterrorism officials in Washington declined to comment on U.S. media reports that CIA-operated drone aircraft fired missiles Friday at a residential compound in Damadola trying to hit Ayman al-Zawahri, Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant whose videos have made him the face and voice of al-Qaida.

In Pakistan's strongest reaction, Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed called the attack "highly condemnable" and said the government wanted "to assure the people we will not allow such incidents to reoccur."

The Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying it protested to U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker over the "loss of innocent civilian lives."

Neither addressed the target of the airstrike. But two senior Pakistani security officials confirmed to AP that al-Zawahri was the intended victim and said Pakistan's assessment was that the CIA acted on incorrect information....

But the attack in Damadola was the latest in a string of incidents on Pakistan's side of the border in recent weeks that many people suspect were U.S. assaults that violated this Islamic country's sovereignty.

Last Saturday, U.S. helicopters reportedly attacked a house in the North Waziristan tribal region, killing eight people. Two days later, Pakistan lodged a protest with the U.S. military in Afghanistan....
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How many other families and innocent children are we slaughtering in a desperate attempt to cure chimpy's low approval ratings and take some heat off of the unwraveling GOP sleaze machine?!?

What really gets me is, why don't we have mobile strike forces ready to go anywhere in that region in minutes not hours on such a sighting?

You know, some of our baddest of the badasses; seals, marines, rangers I don't know who is best suited but you get my drift. Why don't we have an agreement to work with the Pakistani military to tackle this problem? Aren't we at war next door in Afghanistan still looking for al-Zawahri, Mullah Omar, and Osama bin Forgotten? Don't we have troops over there for that? Or are they just there to protect that oil pipeline? Why have we never committed enough troops there to get the job done in the first place? Yet we're cutting and running in Afghanistan and staying the course in iraq. We need boots on the ground for this type of work, some of them quicker more mobile troops in rummy's revamped military, instead of recklessly dropping bombs and killing innocent children.

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