Softpeddling to Cambodia
First, Americans bomb a house in Pakistan and warblogger "Capt. Ed" gloats that "#2 AQ" may be "BBQ Residue." Classy, no?
Unfortunately, the intended target, Ayman al-Zawahri, wasn't there. There was, however, innocent Pakistani families sitting there to catch the blast. What does "Ed" say to that?
Attacks using unmanned Predators have a higher risk of going wrong, and the US would prefer to capture targets like Zawahiri alive anyway. Pakistan, however, has not allowed the US to operate very freely in that area for some time now, although we have made it clear that we will take out AQ leadership wherever we think they might be. It's yet another reason why the WOT requires boots on the ground and traditional military operations as well as covert operations. Without having both, the intelligence needed for further operations gets more difficult to find and to confirm.Shucks, folks. It ain't our fault, it's those damn Pakistanis faults just like it was the 30,000 dead Iraqis faults that Saddam Hussein wouldn't come clean and tell us where the weapons were that, of course, he didn't have.
But here's the real kicker. Ed says, "Pakistan, however, has not allowed the US to operate very freely in that area for some time now." Really? "Not very freely?" Ass. The article he links to even says
Pakistan says it does not allow Afghan or the 20,000 U.S. forces in Afghanistan to cross the border in pursuit of Taliban and al-Qaida believed to be hiding there. The war on terror is opposed by many in this Islamic nation of 150 million people.So it's not a matter of not being able to operate "very freely." Ed's trying to mislead his readers into thinking that we have limited access to Pakistan. We have no military access to Pakistan, period, and I say this as someone who has sat with infantry and special forces troops near that border. The truth is we've just violated the sovereign territory of a "strong ally" in the War on Terror.
Pakistan's information minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, called the "incident" in Damadola "highly condemnable."
The Foreign Ministry later issued a statement saying a protest had been filed with the U.S. Embassy.
"Ed" ought to be embarrassed by the skill with which his victory dance changed to a tap dance. He seems to have gotten a lot of practice lately.