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Anwar the Dead Terrorist?

It usually takes two or three false reports to get one of these right, but who knows—maybe he really is Dead Man al-Awlaking:

American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, the public face of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has been killed in Yemen, the nation’s Defense Ministry said Friday.

The U.S. regards al-Awlaki, who was believed to be hiding in Yemen, as the biggest threat to its homeland security. Western intelligence officials believe al-Awlaki is a senior leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the most active al Qaeda affiliates.

Al-Awlaki was killed about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the Yemeni town of Khashef, east of the capital city of Sanaa, Mohammed Basha, a Yemen Embassy spokesman in Washington D.C., told CNN. Basha said the operation was launched at about 9:55 a.m. local time, though he did not say what type of operation was conducted or how al-Awlaki was killed.

A senior U.S. administration official confirmed al-Awlaki was dead, though no details surrounding the operation that led to the cleric’s death were released. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to CNN. The official was not authorized to release the information.

Born in New Mexico, al-Awlaki preached at a mosque in Virginia before leaving the United States for the Middle East.

Ever the optimist, let me use the opportunity of a dead American citizen to welcome another illegal citizen to take his place. Uncle Omar Onyango, step forward!


The Pleasant Sound Of Drones On A Summer’s Eve

The Obama administration loves its drones

A U.S. drone aircraft fired on two leaders of a militant Somali organization tied to al-Qaeda, apparently wounding them, a senior U.S. military official familiar with the operation said Wednesday.

The strike last week against senior members of al-Shabab comes amid growing concern within the U.S. government that some leaders of the Islamist group are collaborating more closely with al-Qaeda to strike targets beyond Somalia, the military official said.

The airstrike makes Somalia at least the sixth country where the United States is using drone aircraft to conduct lethal attacks, joining Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq and Yemen. And it comes as the CIA is expected to begin flying armed drones over Yemen in its hunt for al-Qaeda operatives.

Again, I have no problem with the technique, but I certainly wonder where the peace crowd has been hiding?

Maybe BTL will post his secret crickets audio here?

- Aggie


Naivete Is Not A Good Foreign Policy

Again – is Obama naive (stupid) or malevolent?

Hard to say.

Upheaval in Yemen and the possibility that al Qaeda might take over, turning that country into a stronger terrorist base than it already is, should give pause to American and European policy in the Arab world.

At its recently concluded G-8 meeting of industrial economies in Deauville, France, Western governments pledged $40 billion to “newly democratic” nations in North Africa and the Middle East. One might as well throw money at Chicago and hope for electoral reform so the dead are no longer allowed to vote on Election Day.

In spring, one usually cultivates a lawn so that new vegetation can take root and grow. In the Arab world where this money is targeted, the only roots you’ll find are the roots of oppression and terrorism.

If these countries were seriously pursuing democracy and needed only money to complete their transformation, there is plenty of money in the region that could be used to help them.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, OPEC income is expected to rise this year above the $200 billion increase of 2010. That would be around $833 billion, the Energy Information Administration forecasts.

Democracy doesn’t spring up of its own accord. It must have a base from which it can blossom. That was a point made by Timur Kuran, a professor of economics and political science at Duke University, in a recent op-ed column for the New York Times entitled “The Weak Foundations of Arab Democracy.”

Kuran wrote:

“Democracy requires checks and balances, and it is largely through civil society that citizens protect their rights as individuals, force policymakers to accommodate their interests, and limit abuses of state authority. Civil society also promotes a culture of bargaining and gives future leaders the skills to articulate ideas, form coalitions and govern.”

The radical Muslim Brotherhood, which at the start of the revolution claimed no interest in political power, is now active in its pursuit of victory in the upcoming election and hints that it might revoke Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel.

The problems in North Africa and the Middle East can’t be solved by money. What’s needed is a change in outlook. Radical Islam forces women into second-class status; it is rooted not in optimism, but in pessimism.
In C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Narnia has been transformed by a white witch into a land where it is “always winter, but never Christmas.”

That pretty much describes the lands of North Africa and the Middle East where the “white witch” is radical Islam and spring will never arrive as long as it holds sway over the minds and hearts of the people.

I guess it’s all fine with me. It is entertaining to go to dinner parties in March and listen to liberals exude goo over the brilliant Arab spring, then to see these same folks in May with glum looks on their faces on their long faces. (They take on the John Kerry look, ‘ya know?) Don’t get me wrong; reality is always better because it leads to real stability, but since reality isn’t available in ObamAmerica, I’ll settle for a good party.

- Aggie


Speaking About That Ammunition Factory In Yemen

Yesterday we reported that al qaeda freedom fighters had taken over an ammunition factory in Yemen. We thought the supremely awesome democratic movement was both “swell” and “ducky”. Turns out, it’s better than that, it’s Dah Bomb!

At least 121 people were killed and 45 injured in an explosion at an ammunition factory in southern Yemen on Monday, medical sources said.

The death toll was expected to rise, said the sources, who asked that they not be identified because they are not authorized to speak to the news media. Two of them work at Republican Hospital in Abyan.

Most of the dead and injured were locals who had been ransacking the factory after it was taken over Sunday by militants, security officials said.

The explosion took place in Abyan Province, they said.

It comes after months of demonstrations against Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and a weekend of violence between government forces and the local al Qaeda group.

Ain’t democracy grand?

- Aggie

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The Jews Get More Done Before Breakfast Than the Rest of Us Do in a Month

When not “occupying” Jerusalem (occupying?), or co-opting the Olympic logo (see below), the Jews are busy elsewhere too:

Yemen’s embattled US-backed president accused Washington on Tuesday of instigating protests against his regime, as hundreds of thousands marched in cities across Yemen in the largest rallies yet seeking the longtime ruler’s ouster.

“I am going to reveal a secret,” he said. “There is an operations room in Tel Aviv with the aim of destabilizing the Arab world. The operations room is in Tel Aviv and run by the White House,” he said.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s allegations, unprecedented in their harshness, signaled a growing rift with the United States that could hurt a joint campaign against the al-Qaeda terror network in Yemen.

Saleh’s comments Tuesday, including charges that the US Embassy in the capital of Sanaa is giving instructions to the protesters, appeared to be part of an attempt to silence the calls for his resignation.

I don’t know why Sally is so scared. They’re just bopping to the Village People’s YMCA.

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Very Unpleasant Facts About The Attempted Terror Attack From Yemen

Why is this in the Israeli press before we read about it in the US press?

One of two mail bombs sent from Yemen last week was disarmed just 17 minutes before it was set to go off, the French interior minister said Thursday.

Brice Hortefeux provided no other details in an interview on France’s state-run France-2 television, or say where he got the information about the timing.

“One of the packages was defused only 17 minutes before the moment that it was set to explode,” he said.

When investigators pulled the Chicago-bound packages off cargo planes in England and the United Arab Emirates Friday, they found the bombs wired to cell phones and hidden in the toner cartridges of computer printers. The communication cards had been removed and the phones could not receive calls, officials said, making it likely the terrorists intended the alarm or timer functions to detonate the bombs, US officials have said.

That means it would have exploded in England, I suppose.

- Aggie


Our Fascist Messiah

Imagine if the Bush administration has invoked “state’s secrets” to discharge a lawsuit on behalf of an alleged terrorist!

There would have been marches and vigils. We would have heard non-stop about the loss of our rights.

But, when Barry does it, we just yawn.

The Obama administration has invoked the state secret privilege in seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of the father of Yemeni-American cleric and militant Anwar al-Awlaki, which sought to prevent the U.S. government from trying to target him for assassination.

The government contended in a court filing that was submitted early Saturday morning that the case “would require the disclosure of highly sensitive national security information concerning alleged military and intelligence actions overseas.”

“The plaintiff has demanded the government disclose a wide variety of classified information that could harm our national security. It strains credulity to argue that our laws require the government to disclose to an active, operational terrorist any information about how, when and where we fight terrorism, Matthew Miller, Justice Department spokesman, said in a statement Saturday.

I would agree with them, except for the itsy bitsy matter of a level playing field. If it wouldn’t fly under Bush, it shouldn’t fly today.

And look, Obama’s biggest fans agree with this:

But the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights — which filed suit in August on behalf of the father, Nasser al-Awlaki — said in a joint statement that the “idea that courts should have no role whatsoever in determining the criteria by which the executive branch can kill its own citizens is unacceptable in a democracy. In matters of life and death, no executive should have a blank check.”

- Aggie

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It’s Raining Yemen

Remember the good ol’ days when terrorists just pretty much blew up other Muslims? Oh sure, the occasional Marine or US embassy worker got it in the neck—and Israelis always had to watch out which pizza parlor to frequent or which bus to board—but mostly it was just a good old-fashioned blood-letting in the Arab street.

Yeah, that was awesome.

Well, Yemen remembers those days, too, and is trying to cash in on the nostalgia by opening a theme park, which I’ll call wAlt Qaeda:

Yemen has launched a wide-scale offensive against al Qaeda in the country’s southeastern province, a government official said Tuesday.

The Yemeni government “dispatched forces backed by heavy weaponry, jets and choppers to surround a mountainous area,” said the official who asked for anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

The official said the offensive was in response to a militant attack last week on a pipeline carrying liquefied natural gas. The official described the multi-billion dollar pipeline as a “lifeline of the region.”

The official dismissed reports that militants had occupied homes and barricaded themselves. He also challenged claims that 80,000 people had been displaced.

The Yemeni government has been fighting a growing al Qaeda element in Yemen called al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The militant offshoot group grabbed the attention of the West with the Christmas Day attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines trans-Atlantic flight as it landed in Detroit, Michigan.

The suspect, Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, who has pleaded not guilty to six federal terrorism charges, was reportedly trained and armed in Yemen.

Since its inception in January 2009, AQAP has claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist attacks against Saudi, Korean, Yemeni and U.S. targets.

Yemen put on trial four al Qaeda suspects Monday. Yemen’s defense ministry website said the suspects — two Yemenis, a German and an Iraqi — stand accused of criminal conspiracy and planning to target foreign tourists and interests as well as vital government and military installations in Yemen.

I believe there’s a Yemen, even though I’ve never seen it myself, because people I have no reason to distrust tell me it’s there. But I’m not sure I buy the rest of it.

Just look at the hardened terrorists they’re going to try:

They’re more ‘N Sync than Al Qaeda—where are they supposedly recruiting from, the waiting room of Creative Artists? They’re the kind of guys you’d hope your daughter might bring home.

Except for the guy on the left: he’s scum obviously. He’s probably the drummer.

And our government is playing along:

The Obama administration has stepped up its attention on Yemen and Monday, the president’s counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, affirmed U.S. military support with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the U.S. Embassy said.

A counterterrorism official told CNN that the administration recognizes that “not enough is being done in Yemen” to meet the growing challenge posed by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

“We need to scale up efforts to disrupt the group,” said the official, who spoke about sensitive issues on the condition of anonymity.

Is the Left just going to allow Bloody Barack Obama to start another war? Escalation in Afghanistan isn’t enough for him, he needs to kick some Yemeni a** too?

I read that Yemen is running out of oil, but has discovered some natural gas fields, so how ’bout this for an anti-war chant? “No a** for gas!” Or maybe “No methane, mofo!”

Okay, my protesting days are long behind me. Others can do a lot better, I’m sure.

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Administration: Dozens Of Americans Have Joined Terror Groups

How’s the reaching out thing working so far?

Dozens of Americans have joined terrorist groups and are posing a threat to the United States and its interests abroad, the president’s most senior adviser on counterterrorism and homeland security said Thursday.

“There are, in my mind, dozens of U.S. persons who are in different parts of the world, and they are very concerning to us,” said John O. Brennan, deputy White House national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Washington Times, Mr. Brennan said he would not talk about lists of targeted American terrorists. However, U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies have been tracking down U.S. nationals and U.S. passport holders who pose security threats, like the Yemen-based al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, he said.

“They are concerning to us, not just because of the passport they hold, but because they understand our operational environment here, they bring with them certain skills, whether it be language skills or familiarity with potential targets, and they are very worrisome, and we are determined to take away their ability to assist with terrorist attacks,” Mr. Brennan said.

How you gonna do that with the PC rules your administration has in place? What about angering the democrat base? You need those votes, you know. How exactly can you stop an American citizen from speaking and visiting any urban location that they might wish to visit? This administration vilified the Bush administration for doing the things that we all know you will have to do to protect us.

- Aggie

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The Remaining 67 Jews Of Yemen

The rest have left

Many have been murdered by their neighbors and others have fled. There are seven Jewish families left in the country.

The Jews of Sana’a from Jewish Forward on Vimeo.

- Aggie


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