Sunday, November 9, 2008

Secret Operation "SMOKE EM OUT" – Sneaking up on terrorists worldwide since '04

I'm about to support a policy of George Bush... what in the name of Joe the Plumber is going on here?????

I know many would say "How dare we execute a military operation in a sovereign country?", but this is one of the few things Bush has done (on or off record) I'm down with.

Summary of New York Times article:
"WASHINGTON — The United States military since 2004 has used broad, secret authority to carry out nearly a dozen previously undisclosed attacks against Al Qaeda and other militants in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere, according to senior American officials.

In 2006, for example, a Navy Seal team raided a suspected militants’ compound in the Bajaur region of Pakistan.

But as many as a dozen additional operations have been canceled in the past four years, often to the dismay of military commanders, senior military officials said. They said senior administration officials had decided in these cases that the missions were too risky, were too diplomatically explosive or relied on insufficient evidence.

Shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, Mr. Bush issued a classified order authorizing the C.I.A. to kill or capture Qaeda militants around the globe. By 2003, American intelligence agencies and the military had developed a much deeper understanding of Al Qaeda’s extensive global network, and Mr. Rumsfeld pressed hard to unleash the military’s vast firepower against militants outside the combat zones of Iraq and Afghanistan."
Sounds good to me. If Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, etc can't get these people on their own, they should be happy for us to do it, providing it's targeted with good intelligence. In many cases, eliminating Al Queda does all off us a big favor. So maybe we piss off a few countries, but on the plus side, we don't blow up a whole bunch of innocent children with cluster bombs and pay through the nose to rebuild a country we destroy. I mean, hell, they can see our battleships coming... they can't see some Navy Seals with night scopes.

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