Why Are We NOT in Pakistan!?!?!

February 6, 2008 at 4:49 am | Posted in Pakistan | 6 Comments

That question just screams out at Mitch McConnell’s testimony yesterday in front of Congress.

Al Qaeda is gaining in strength from its refuge in Pakistan and is steadily improving its ability to recruit, train and position operatives capable of carrying out attacks inside the United States, the director of national intelligence told a Senate panel on Tuesday.

The director, Mike McConnell, told lawmakers that Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, remained in control of the terrorist group and had promoted a new generation of lieutenants. He said Al Qaeda was also improving what he called “the last key aspect of its ability to attack the U.S.” — producing militants, including new Western recruits, capable of blending into American society and attacking domestic targets.

If this is the case, WHY THE HELL ARE WE NOT IN PAKISTAN TO STOP THEM!!!!!!!!!!!

Is it really that hard of a question to ask? Com’on Congressmen! Com’on journalists! Ask!

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  1. Do you have any idea what the consequences of that would be? I suspect not.

  2. Non-Arab Arab,

    I’m more pointing out to the utter hypocrisy of the Bush administration and its supporters who claim Iraq is a fight against our enemy. By going into Iraq, we undermined our fight against our real enemy: Al-Qaeda.

  3. Agree with the Iraq screwup part, just saying it’s not worth compounding it with another one.

  4. I suspect that we actually are in Pakistan, just in small numbers, perhaps special ops.

    On a side note, we really couldn’t be there even if we wanted to because the US military is stretched too thin.

  5. Jared, I’ve heard enough privately and semi-publicly (i.e., the press reports good reporters at less-read pubs do but rarely show up in the NY Times) to convince me you’re right about us having troops inside Pakistan in small numbers. Actually, hardly seems a secret at all between missile assaults and the fairly large number of news tidbits that come out here and there. But then hiding in plain sight is rather a more ordinary game than our minds naturally tend to recognize.

  6. New York Times
    February 22, 2008
    Pg. 1

    “American officials reached a quiet understanding with Pakistan’s leader last month to intensify secret strikes against suspected terrorists by pilotless aircraft launched in Pakistan”…

    “Among other things, the new arrangements allowed an increase in the number and scope of patrols and strikes by armed Predator surveillance aircraft launched from a secret base in Pakistan — a far more aggressive strategy to attack Al Qaeda and the Taliban than had existed before.”

    So it seems there has been US activity in Pakistan, limited yes, but what we all suspected, is in fact, reality.


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