Sunday, January 25, 2009

New Prez Wastes No Time Baptizing Regime In Blood

Brave American Technicians, Thousands of Miles Away, Pilot Drones Like This "Predator" To Attack "Dangerous" Targets In Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Reports from the region are telling of USer drone attacks across the Afghan border into Pakistan this week, which killed perhaps as many as 30, apparently in celebration of the inauguration of the new USer President, Barack Obama. (Savages! They fire their AKs into the air for festive punctuation, careless of where the spent rounds might fall. We, on the other hand, drop high explosive on civilian compounds and kill women and children "inadvertently." We know EXACTLY where they fall.)

I just gotta say, it moved me and makes me proud again to be an American. I was afraid Prez.O would turn out to be a total peace wimp, and would suspend such flights/missions, since they were responsible for killing uncounted numbers of indigenes whose connection with the violence has only been that they were in the vicinity and became its victims.

Of course, "we" had a good reason. The USer military doesn't just randomly dump munitions down on just ANY tribal compound 30 miles into Pakistan.
From WaPo, Friday: A U.S. Predator drone fired three missiles at a compound about two miles from the town of Mirali in the tribal area of North Waziristan about 5:15 p.m., according to a Pakistani security official and local residents. The precision strike leveled a compound, which was owned by local tribal elder Khalil Malik, killing at least 10 suspected militants, including five foreign nationals, according to the Pakistani security official. The site of the attack is about 30 miles east of the Afghan border.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said Malik was killed along with his brother and nephew. Authorities in North Waziristan, however, said they have been so far unable to identify any of those killed because militants immediately cordoned off the area. "I suspect a high-value target may be among the dead," the Pakistani security official said.

Jan Mohammad, a local tribesman, said Malik and his relatives probably died in the strike, which sparked panic among Malik's neighbors. Mohammad said that Malik was an influential tribal elder but that he was not known to have links with the Pakistani Taliban or other insurgent groups in the area.
So the perennial question returns: Was this a 'black-eye,' or a 'feather-in-the-cap' of your US Armed Forces?

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