Category Archives: Al Qaeda

Is it over? Biden in Baghdad to celebrate w/Maliki and Company

Joe Biden is celebrating with the so-called government of Iraq today, commemorating the end of our ..cough..military mission there. From the CNN link:

Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Iraq on Monday to participate in a ceremony marking the end of the U.S. combat mission there, according to the White House.

While in the country, Biden will meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, President Jalal Talabani, Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, Vice President Adil Abd al-Mahdi and other political leaders “to discuss the latest developments in Iraq and to urge Iraqi leaders to conclude negotiations on the formation of a new government,” the White House said in a written statement.

The United States’ official combat mission in Iraq is scheduled to conclude on Tuesday. Roughly 50,000 troops, however, will remain in the country until the end of 2011. Their mission will be to will train, assist and advise the Iraqis.

I don’t know about anyone else, but keeping 50k worth of our blood and treasure,in the form of soldiers, and the constant bombings in the Green Zone and the rest of the country there doesn’t signal an end to shit for me. The Obama administration acts like it’s all said and done…far from it boys and girls. Did the government of Iraq suddenly meet all those friggin benchmarks? Yeah right..From the NYT link:

Insurgents affiliated with Al Qaeda in Iraq  claimed responsibility on Saturday for a wave of car bombings, roadside mines and hit-and-run attacks this week in at least 13 Iraqi cities and towns, a deadly and relentless campaign whose breadth surprised American military officials and dealt a blow to Iraq’s fledgling security forces.

At least 56 people were killed in the attacks, in which insurgents deployed more than a dozen car bombs. Two of the assaults wrecked police stations in Baghdad and Kut, a city southeast of the capital, though American and Iraqi officials said measures taken by the security forces had prevented the attacks from inflicting an even higher toll.

Gee, I just can’t wait for his speechifying tomorrow night on this issue. How bout you?

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Pakistan-The unruly stepchild.


For all the millions we have sent to Pakistan, and specifically to Musharaf, we aren’t getting much of a return on our investment these days. With the new regime there being sworn in, the anti-american sentiment is running pretty high. Who can blame them for hating us? Being in the middle between Bush’s War on Terror and the tribal leaders who support the Al-Qaeda types can’t be a good place to be. From the TNR writeup:

To make matters worse, Pakistanis increasingly believe that they are paying the price for our war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Pakistanis are interpreting the increasing terror attacks in the country as a direct response to the recent uptick in our bombing of Al Qaeda targets in the border areas. All of this means that a negative reaction to the arrival of senior U.S. envoys should not have been unexpected. Pakistanis believe that they are carrying out a democratic coup, sweeping away the illegitimate underpinnings of the Musharraf presidency, and are not about to take kindly to American efforts to shore up Musharraf or preserve his policies.

They want change–not just with Musharraf himself, but also with his policies for dealing with terror. The question for the U.S. is whether we can live with the change, and at the same time, manage it so that Al Qaeda and the Taliban not only don’t benefit, but also lose their sanctuary in Pakistan.

Change..its a good thing sometimes, but we really don’t know how Pakistan, a nuclear-laden country, will deal with America and the Terrorists yet. But the message is getting clearer as this part of the writeup notes:

One more irony: The big winner in the elections in the tribal areas was the Awami National Party (A.N.P.), which has long accused Musharraf and the Pakistani intelligence services of duplicity in its dealings with Islamist groups. The A.N.P. opposes talks with Al Qaeda and foreign militants because, as Afrasiab Khattak, the secretary general of the A.N.P., has said, “We don’t have a common language with them.” But the party does favor an approach that emphasizes dialogue with the local tribes, economic development and assistance to the area, and the use of the police rather than the military (except in limited circumstances) to bring peace to the provinces. If anything, Nawaz Sharif has been more outspoken about how to deal with terror, calling for talking rather than the use of force.

Talking to terrorists? What a novel approach! We, the universal we, will have to stay up to date with this situation as Bush’s war in Afghanistan depends on how Pakistan deals with the Al-Qaeda strongholds in Waziristan.

Crossposted at Sirens Chronicles

US launches missile strike in Somalia..

Another sovereign nation Brutus? WTF is up with that? Well..according to the Pentagon, they are going after one of those damn terrorists that belongs to Al-Qaeda..so of course that makes it ok! From the MSNBC writeup:

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Pentagon officials said Monday the United States launched an air strike in Somalia to go after a terrorist suspect.

In the strike early Monday, Somali police said three missiles hit a Somali town held by Islamic extremists, destroying a home and seriously injuring eight people.

A Pentagon official said the U.S. military was going after an al-Qaida suspect in the town. As yet, there is no word on whether the suspect was hit. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly about the strike.

Jesus Christ on a cracker..how exactly does our federal government validate blowing up people and property in the name of hunting one Al-Qaeda official? Sounds like a whole lot of bullshit and bravado to me.