A little late, but Musharaff Reveals New Bin Laden Intelligence
For the first time, Pakistani President Pervez Musharaff has revealed that his government may know the general whereabouts of Osama bin Laden.
Speaking at a meeting in New York earlier this week, Musharaff conceded that bin Laden may well be in his country, according to people who heard his comments.
“We believe he is somewhere between Bajaur, Pakistan, and the province of Kunar in Afghanistan,” he said at a meeting connected to his appearance at the United Nations.
As recently as last week, Pakistani government spokespeople had said bin Laden’s whereabouts were a complete mystery.
The area described by Musharaff is a mountainous region north of the Pakistani city of Peshawar.
Musharaff told the New York audience that bin Laden “could be in either Pakistan or Afghanistan.”
Pakistan, Bush’s partner in something that patriots across America are trying to figure out and the Bush administration thinks Pakistan has been cooperative enough to deserve the optiion to buy some F-16s. A policy that even Bush Two’s father opposed. Bush and congressional conservatives turn away from the situation as they talk tough about being tough against “them” while at the same time become enablers of the revitalization of the Taliban and al-Queda in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Johadists are bad , so bad according to Bush that they represent the biggest threat to democracy in our time, but apparently that only applies to Iraq. Except Iraq is a failed state in a civil war. So Bush, if we pull off the blinders has a perfect scorecard when it comes to helping spread instability in the middle-east and the perfect breeding ground for the next generation of terrorists. Bush has recently said he would send troops after Bin Laden if he knew where OBL was. So Bush is just waiting for Bin Laden to blip on the GPS in the Whitehouse limo. Or maybe Bush would or maybe he wouldn’t go after Bin Laden in Pakistan, it depends on what day it is and whether that little rubber band that connects Bush’s mouh to his brain is working properly,
It’s hard to know where to begin in trying to disentangle the knot of jingoism, recklessness, bad faith and bamboozlement that is President Bush’s latest boast that if he had good intelligence on bin Laden’s whereabouts he would send US troops into Pakistan to catch him whether the Pakistanis agreed or not.
On Friday he suggested that he wouldn’t because “Pakistan is a sovereign nation.” And, yes, not invading other countries is a good rule of thumb in most cases, if one this president has tended to honor in the breach. But I think that given the unique history, most presidents and most Americans would be willing to violate another country’s sovereignty if they had actionable intelligence that gave a good chance of successfully capturing OBL.
While I was over reading Brian Ross’s report on Musharaff I noticed this follow up to the Department of Homeland Security official Brian Doyle, DHS Official Makes Plea Deal in Online Sex Sting
Doyle was arrested last April after allegedly having sexually explicit conversations with whom he thought was a 14-year-old girl but was actually an undercover Polk County, Fla., sheriff’s detective posing as a teenage girl.
According to the plea deal, Doyle pled “nolo contendere,” or no contest, to seven counts of using a computer to seduce a child and 16 counts of transmitting harmful material to a minor, which together would have delivered a maximum prison sentence of 115 years.
There is no avoiding the gotcha aspect of this story. Another holier then thou Republican caught involved in a pedophile scandal. We here it from the snot nosed little right-wing bloggers, to the AM radio wing-nuts, to the floor of the U.S Senate, that Republicans are morally superior. Not only are they morally superior, they are infallible and to dare question them is to be unamerican, to be part of the angry left. Ok then, lets take that concept of what it means to be a citizen in a country where American values take a back seat to loyalty to conservatism. A good part of free speech is squelched, you’re not allowed to point out this or that pedophile because they’re Republican. Know someone is stealing? Selling special favors or quid pro quo legislation? Sorry, if its a Republican that is doing it, you must not say anything, keeping silent is conservatism in the mold of Stalin. To speak of the corruption of Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Riverside, ep. John Doolittle, R-Roseville; Rep. Gary Miller, R-Diamond Bar; Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy; Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio and Rep. and Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles is simply unhinged liberal hatred. All part of a clever scheme cooked up by MoveOn and Sen. John Kerry to appease the terrorists.
What should rational people do when the rabid reactionaries call someone crazy for pointing out the obvious.. I predict emergency rooms across the nation will be filled with conservative bloggers with twisted panty syndrome.
I’m gonna be a wheel someday
I’m gonna be somebody
I’m gonna be a real gone cat
Then I won’t want you
from the lyrics I’m Gonna Be a Wheel Someday by Sheryl Crow