‘It’s pretty clear … we really do have them on the run’

From Reuters:

Pakistan, March 16 — A U.S. drone aircraft fired missiles into Pakistan’s North Waziristan region on Tuesday, killing 10 militants, the latest such strike on a major al Qaeda sanctuary, officials and residents said.

From The New York Times:

WASHINGTON — A strike by an unmanned drone last week killed a senior commander of Al Qaeda who had played a significant role in planning the killing of Central Intelligence Agency operatives in late December at a base in Afghanistan, according to American officials…

According to a United States counterterrorism official, the Qaeda operative killed last week was Hussein al-Yemeni. The drone missile struck in Miram Shah in North Waziristan, a part of Pakistan where Al Qaeda is considered well dug in.

From The Washington Post:

Aggressive attacks against al-Qaeda in Pakistan’s tribal region have driven Osama bin Laden and his top deputies deeper into hiding and disrupted their ability to plan sophisticated operations, CIA Director Leon Panetta said Wednesday.

So profound is al-Qaeda’s disarray that one of its lieutenants, in a recently intercepted message, pleaded with bin Laden to come to the group’s rescue and provide some leadership, Panetta said. He credited improved coordination with Pakistan’s government and what he called “the most aggressive operation that CIA has been involved in in our history,” offering a near-acknowledgment of what is officially a secret war.

“Those operations are seriously disrupting al-Qaeda,” Panetta said. “It’s pretty clear from all the intelligence we are getting that they are having a very difficult time putting together any kind of command and control, that they are scrambling. And that we really do have them on the run.”

228 comments Add your comment

Mick

March 18th, 2010
8:12 am

Maybe its time for all the fearmongering to cease and desist. Just because we elect a new president does’nt mean all our intelligence agency’s and the military stop cold what they are doing because of ideological differences. The only change, and its for the better, is that torture is out.

N-GA

March 18th, 2010
8:13 am

Maybe, just maybe if he hadn’t lost focus………

Yeah Come ON!

March 18th, 2010
8:14 am

Band on the Run… Band on the Run!

Gum Chewing Walkers

March 18th, 2010
8:18 am

Maybe, just maybe if he hadn’t lost focus………

True. Because Presidentin’ is Hard Work.

Goofy Temporary Screen Handle

March 18th, 2010
8:19 am

Ok, I’ll stop this if everyone else will.

godless heathen

March 18th, 2010
8:19 am

If George Bush had pursued this strategy with such abandon, the press in this country would have been relentless in their attacks and the hippies would have been marching in the streets.

Normal

March 18th, 2010
8:20 am

Gotta love those Predators…Give AQ a taste of their own medicine…terror from the sky!

mike

March 18th, 2010
8:20 am

Good news. The policies implemented by the Bush admin and continued by the Obama admin are having their desired impact.

Just curious, shouldn’t Jay be complaining that these guys are not getting due process? I mean we captured KSM in Pakistan alive and Jay wants to put him on trial on NYC in the name of
“due process”. Apparently, all Bush had to do was assassinate KSM and Jay would have been satisfied that we have given him “due process”. Of course, you don’t get any intel when you blow terrorists up, but doing so eliminates the opportunity for folks like Jay to whine about it. So now, we just kill the guys, a method that provides no intel. but is somehow more just to liberals like Jay than locking people up in humane conditions while they are tried in military court.

Makes sense to me.

Normal

March 18th, 2010
8:21 am

godless heathen

March 18th, 2010
8:19 am
If George Bush had pursued this strategy with such abandon….

I would have voted for him.

mike

March 18th, 2010
8:22 am

godless heathen

“If George Bush had pursued this strategy with such abandon, the press in this country would have been relentless in their attacks and the hippies would have been marching in the streets.”

Of course they did. Partisans of both stripes are more interested in attacking the other party than anything else. Jay’s writings is evidence of this mindset.

N-GA

March 18th, 2010
8:23 am

….but instead he attacked Iraq.

mike

March 18th, 2010
8:23 am

Normal –

“I would have voted for him.”

Nonsense. Bush started this program years ago. Obama just ramped it up as intelligence and technical capabilities improved. Regardless, you would never vote for someone with an R in front of his name.

mike

March 18th, 2010
8:25 am

N-GA –

“….but instead he attacked Iraq.”

Please explain how invading Iraq had any impact on these drone strikes. I know that this silly refrain is popular with bleating partisans, but please expand beyond the bumper sticker.

jt

March 18th, 2010
8:25 am

There is some ominous “bunker-busting” bombs being off loaded at Diego Garcia as we speak.

Some say destined for Iran.

Will it coincide with signing some bill? Who knows.

Me,

I think I’m going to party like it’s 1859.

Hef

March 18th, 2010
8:28 am

A little late-I was never more proud of my President than last night when he truthfully said (paraphrase) “you & I’ will know what’s in the Health Care Bill once it’s passed”. Earlier during same interview he stated “I” wrote the bill. Writing & knowing what you write two different things,must be like some sort of new math.

Normal

March 18th, 2010
8:30 am

Mike,
I think we have had this conversation before. I voted for Nixon the first time I was able to vote (68). I voted for Ronnie the first time too. I get fooled alot the first time and looks like I may have gotten fooled again this time. Time will tell.
If George Bush had really tried to hunt OBL down (and remember he said in an interview that he didn’t think about OBL much), he would have gotten my vote.

Yeah Come ON!

March 18th, 2010
8:30 am

FAUXBAMACARE

Peadawg

March 18th, 2010
8:30 am

“Because Presidentin’ is Hard Work.”

No kidding!!! I wish I could be on Sportscenter talking about my NCAA bracket!!!!!

Outhouse GoKart

March 18th, 2010
8:32 am

“you & I’ will know what’s in the Health Care Bill once it’s passed”.

Wonderful. Nothing like giving a gift with an undetermined cost and undetermined identity.

Peadawg

March 18th, 2010
8:33 am

“you & I’ will know what’s in the Health Care Bill once it’s passed”

Why not before it’s passed? That just doesn’t make much sense.

Outhouse GoKart

March 18th, 2010
8:34 am

Biden pulls another “Biden”.

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden asked for God’s blessing for the late mother of Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen during a White House celebration of St. Patrick’s Day — except the elderly lady is very much alive.

“God rest her soul,” Biden said Wednesday night as he introduced Cowen and President Barack Obama. He quickly caught himself and noted that it’s Cowen’s father who is no longer living. Of the prime minister’s mother, Biden said, “God bless her soul.”

Biden then cited the Irish proverb that “a silent mouth is sweet to hear” and yielded the podium to the president.

Doggone/GA

March 18th, 2010
8:35 am

“Why not before it’s passed?”

According to the news report this AM, the bill is going to be available on the net for 72 hours before it’s voted on.

godless heathen

March 18th, 2010
8:36 am

The unrevised history.

*November 1997: Hussein ordered all American weapons inspectors in Iraq to leave in violation of UN Security Council Resolution.
*December 1998: President Bill Clinton orders “Operation Desert Fox” a robust four day aerial bombing mission by US and UK Air Forces. This operation was in retaliation for Iraq’s failure to obey UN Security Council Resolutions and their obstruction of UN Weapons Inspections.
Clinton’s Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said the following about the attack:

“I don’t think we’re pretending that we can get everything, so this is – I think – we are being very honest about what our ability is. We are lessening, degrading his ability to use this. The weapons of mass destruction are the threat of the future. I think the president explained very clearly to the American people that this is the threat of the 21st century. [. . .] [W]hat it means is that we know we can’t get everything, but degrading is the right word.”
*1998-2002: Saddam Hussein allowed no UN weapons inspections.
*September 2002: President Bush Addresses the UN General Assembly and sets forth a long list of complaints against the Iraqi government with regard to their continued threat to the region, our allies and the world including but not limited to:
1. Support of terrorist organizations that directs violence against its neighbors and the West;
2. UN Commission on Human Rights finding in 2001 that Iraq was engaged in “extremely grave” human rights violations;
3. The failure to let UN weapons inspectors conduct their work to insure and prevent Iraq is not pursuing WMD in violation of UN Resolutions;
4. They used proceeds from the UN “oil for food” program to purchase weapons rather than to feed its people.
*October 2002: After extensive debate, the US Congress overwhelmingly passes a Resolution giving President Bush the power and authority to use military force to enforce UN Security Council Resolution.
Here are some comments made by prominent Democrats at that time:
DICK GEPHARDT: HOUSE DEM LEADER
“The issue is how to best protect America. And I believe this resolution does that.”
TOM DASCHLE: SENATE MAJ. LEADER
“I believe it is important for America to speak with one voice,” said Daschle, D-S.D. “It is neither a Democratic resolution nor a Republican resolution. It is now a statement of American resolve and values.”
SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON
In the closing hours of debate, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., said the decision to back the resolution was “the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, but I cast it with conviction. I want this president, or any future president, to be in the strongest possible position to lead our country, at the United Nations or at war.”
*November 2002: The UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 1441. The Resolution stated that Iraq was in material breach of the terms of UN Resolution 687, which prevented Iraq from developing WMD as well as other prohibited arms, and the failure to compensate Kuwait for the looting that took place during the illegal 1991 invasion and occupation. The Resolution called for a new round on inspections and demanded that Iraq prove to the UN’s satisfaction that it has surrendered its WMD efforts will disarm as well as account for all weapons existing, destroyed and missing within 30 days of the Resolution being passed. Iraq refuses to comply with Resolution 1441.
*March 6, 2003: In his March 6, 2003, report to the U.N. Security Council, Hans Blix reported that the declared stocks of anthrax and VX remained unaccounted for. In the last chance given to Iraq by Resolution 1441, Iraq had failed to provide answers. As Blix reported again in May 2003, “little progress was made in the solution of outstanding issues…. the long list of proscribed items unaccounted for and as such resulting in unresolved disarmament issues was not shortened either by the inspections or by Iraqi declarations and documentation.”
*March 20, 2003: The Iraq War begins.

Taliban ousted in Late 2001. Al-Qaeda pursued in Afghanistan and Pakistan since October 2001.

jt

March 18th, 2010
8:37 am

mike -

It’s a new country now. The bomb targets have been “deemed” guilty.

Outhouse GoKart

March 18th, 2010
8:37 am

Speaking of the great unwashed…the unwashed palestinians are at it again…

Israeli Man Killed by Gaza-Fired Rocket

The deadly attack on an apparent farm worker was the first since Israel’s Gaza offensive last year.
JERUSALEM — A rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip killed a man inside Israel Thursday, Israeli medics said, in the first death from such an attack since Israel’s Gaza offensive last year.

Such rocket fire once common but have become rare since the Israeli military’s campaign in the Gaza Strip last year, which aimed to bring an end to the attacks.

Israel’s emergency service Magen David Adom said the man killed was about 30 years old and appeared to be a farm worker from Thailand employed in an agricultural community just north of Gaza.

Thursday’s attack came on the same day as a visit to Gaza by Europe’s top diplomat, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, the first such visit by a senior official in more than a year.

Ashton had just crossed into Gaza when the attack took place.

A small Islamist faction calling itself Ansar al-Sunna claimed responsibility for the rocket in a text message sent to reporters.

There was no immediate response from Israel to the attack.

The thousands of crude rockets that hit Israel over a seven-year period sparked the Israeli military’s three-week offensive in Gaza in late 2008 and January 2009. The brief war devastated Gaza, killing 1,400 Palestinians, including hundreds of civilians. Thirteen Israelis were killed.

Rocket attacks have dropped steeply since the campaign.

Gaza is ruled by the Islamic militants of Hamas, but the sporadic attacks over the past year have generally been claimed by smaller militant factions.

mike

March 18th, 2010
8:38 am

Normal –

Yes we have had this conversation before. It is super that you voted Republican more than twenty years ago. (You make it clear that you regret your previous votes, slipping into the typical liberal “Ronnie” nonsense). However, for as long as you have been posting here, you have posted as a partisan liberal, so I stand by my assertion that you would not vote for Republican these days, your ancient history notwithstanding.

If you think that Obama is more determined in his pursuit of Bin-Laden than Bush, you are as silly as the people who think the converse. Both Presidents have put everything they had into destroying AQ. Claiming otherwise is laughable and is contrary to all of the facts.

mike

March 18th, 2010
8:40 am

jt –

“It’s a new country now. The bomb targets have been “deemed” guilty.”

I like that. My only hope is that they are really catching these guys, getting as much info as possible from them and putting their bodies in houses to be blown up by a missile to cover the evidence.

I mean does nobody notice that we aren’t catching anyone any more? We are either blowing them up or turning them over to foreign intel services. You would think that a “journalist” like Jay would note something like that instead of tallying the partisan score card.

Hail to the Chief!

March 18th, 2010
8:41 am

Obama is a great Commander in Chief!

As soon as he became the Commander of our Armed Forces, both Iraq and Afghanistan are light-years ahead in terms of our national interests.

Bravobama!!!

BRAVOBAMA!!

USinUK

March 18th, 2010
8:41 am

OGK – 8:37 – when people are backed into a corner and contained within a wall, they’ll strike back.

BRAVOBAMA

March 18th, 2010
8:42 am

BRAVOBAMA!!

BRAVOBAMA!!!

Obama sure is like Lincoln when it comes to war.

Normal

March 18th, 2010
8:42 am

Mike,
Well, I guess we will just continue to agree to disagree…work for you?

david wayne osedach

March 18th, 2010
8:44 am

We have them on the run? So how many more years do we have to fight them?

Outhouse GoKart

March 18th, 2010
8:44 am

Agreed UK and thats pretty much what Israel has been forced to do for years. Lets hope Israel will toss a few bombs “the Gaza Strip Way”.

Hail to the Chief!

March 18th, 2010
8:44 am

Name (required)

March 18th, 2010
8:45 am

Posturing….nothing more. al-Qa’ida hasn’t been a threat since 9/11/2001

mike

March 18th, 2010
8:45 am

Normal –

“Well, I guess we will just continue to agree to disagree…work for you?”

Don’t see what other choice we have :)

mike

March 18th, 2010
8:46 am

dwo –

“We have them on the run? So how many more years do we have to fight them?”

Good point. For as long as these guys have been “running”. they most be in awesome shape ;)

USinUK

March 18th, 2010
8:46 am

OGK –

“Agreed UK and thats pretty much what Israel has been forced to do for years”

really? other countries have been taking their land and building walls to contain them, limiting their movement on public roads???

really???

Normal

March 18th, 2010
8:47 am

Mike,
“Don’t see what other choice we have”

Virtual handshake. :D

mike

March 18th, 2010
8:48 am

“other countries have been taking their land and building walls to contain them, limiting their movement on public roads???”

Well the Brits certainly did that in Ireland. The Spanish have in the Basque region. Terrorism makes governments behave differently than they would otherwise.

Hail to the Chief!

March 18th, 2010
8:49 am

The war has been going pretty well for the US every since we got a competent Commander in Chief!!

Obama is a leader, that’s why. You see, he’s not a clown, or a Little Caeser, and he doesn’t play Napolean like the former Commander in Chief Cheney did like a little child with plastic toy soldiers.

Bravobama!

Hef

March 18th, 2010
8:50 am

Oh Joe how we love ya-an out take from Fox’s interview with honest Abe Obama showed a old lady come onto set yell “you lie!!!” and throw one of her granny shoe’s at the pres. As she tried to run away the secret service (still laughing by the way) tackled her to the ground. Pres jumped to his feet and yelled Joe! TV audience did’nt see the face of the attacker,but hair plugs were visable when head scarf fell to the ground. Quickly VP was transported away to hospital for observation-again.U can view this and multiple Obama funny clips(mostly speeches) on Obimbotube.

jt

March 18th, 2010
8:51 am

What’s up with this opium stuff. Haven’t we seen this before?—————-

“At first glance the history of the KMT’s involvement in the Burmese opium trade seems to be just another case of a CIA client taking advantage of the agency’s political protection to enrich itself from the narcotics trade. But upon closer examination, the CIA appears to be much more seriously compromised in this affair. The CIA fostered the growth of the Yunnan Province AntiCommunist National Salvation Army in the borderlands of northeastern Burmaa potentially rich opium-growing region. There is no question of CIA ignorance or naivete, for as early as 1952 The New York Times and other major American newspapers published detailed accounts of the KMT’s role in the narcotics trade. (182) But most disturbing of all is the coincidence that the KMT’s Bangkok connection, the commander of the Thai police, General Phao, was the CIA’s man in Thailand. “

USinUK

March 18th, 2010
8:51 am

mike – 8:48 – first of all, let me be perfectly clear – the IRA, ETA and, yes, Hamas are nothing but thugs and murderers.

having said that, the government action was what caused the terrorism, not the other way around.

Casual Observer

March 18th, 2010
8:52 am

Mike-

You stated it best when you posted this; “Partisans of both stripes are more interested in attacking the other party than anything else.”

Whenever we as a citizens get past the R/D divide and understand that we are AMERICANS then we will become a better AMERICA. For the past ????? years and many many terms (both R and D) we’ve dealt with World conflicts. How we decide as a country to proceed will frame our future. Everything isn’t Obama’s fault just like everything wasnt Bush or Clintons fault. Lets move forward together as Americans and quit all the keyboard bashing about Rep/Dem.

Rightwing Troll

March 18th, 2010
8:55 am

Yawn… , Mike’s here decrying the other side’s partisanship …again…

Luckovich would be hilarious today, if it weren’t so close to the truth.

Southern Comfort

March 18th, 2010
8:56 am

Yep, I’m on the run… I’m heading for the hills because today Paul’s steakhouse in Helen has an all-you-can-eat snow crab legs special for under $25. I’ll get to take the lil sidekick to see the Cabbage Patch Hospital too.

Had Bush bombed the bejeezus out of Pakistan in search of AQ or the Taliban, I would have signed up to take a bullet for him. Oh wait, I applied for the Secret Service before then. Oh well, I would have thought he was a true grit, John Wayne type cowboy then. Obama’s doing what we should have been doing all along. If you think Pakistan has a problem with it, you’re way off target. Where do you think the intel on where to strike comes from?

Y’all enjoy. See you this weekend… maybe…

Yeah Come ON!

March 18th, 2010
8:56 am

The government caused Terrorism?

Ummm, yeah… sure.

USinUK

March 18th, 2010
8:57 am

RWT – 8:55 – “Luckovich would be hilarious today, if it weren’t so close to the truth”

seriously. I feel sorry for the TX kids …

Scooter

March 18th, 2010
8:58 am

Lets move forward together as Americans and quit all the keyboard bashing about Rep/Dem.

Good luck on that CO.

USinUK

March 18th, 2010
8:59 am

YCO – 8:56 – follow the conversation – I’m not talking about the US government – but, particularly where ETA and the IRA is concerned, yes, government actions were the cause for the terrorist groups to form and act

F-105 Thunderchief

March 18th, 2010
8:59 am

Put on black. Sneak attack. That’s what works against terrorists. Well, you know, after all the hard work of gathering the intelligence on who and where they are.

Casual Observer

March 18th, 2010
9:00 am

Scooter – yeah I know right. What the hell was I thinking.

Normal

March 18th, 2010
9:00 am

Scooter

March 18th, 2010
8:58 am

Well said, and right on…

N-GA

March 18th, 2010
9:01 am

It’s very simple Mike. If Bush had put the intel, military and technology to full use against AQ and the Taliban, the US presence in the ME would be much smaller and the threat from terrorists much less significant.

That’s what happens when you take your eye off the ball…….

Haywood Jablome

March 18th, 2010
9:02 am

Here again, Obama’s success highlight’s Bush and Cheney’s incompetence.

Finally, we have a president who can get things done and kick the enemy’s butt.

Doggone/GA

March 18th, 2010
9:03 am

“seriously. I feel sorry for the TX kids ”

It doesn’t just affect the kids in Texas. Because Texas is so big, it is by far the largest buyer of schoolbooks..and quite often the big publishers alter their books to fit the Texas agenda…and stick the other states with it too.

TaxPayer

March 18th, 2010
9:04 am

Mick

March 18th, 2010
9:05 am

OK – so we have them on the run? What needs to happen next is that the good people of the muslim faith need to put the nail in the coffin and reject terrorist tactics, and focus their faith on good works. There were no suicide bombers or muslim terrorists pre-WW2.

USinUK

March 18th, 2010
9:06 am

Doggone – “Because Texas is so big, it is by far the largest buyer of schoolbooks”

I have a hard time believing that the TX school system buys more books than the CA school system. it’s large, but I don’t think that it’s such a large % of the 50 states that all textbooks will be changed to fit their needs

Hail to the Chief!

March 18th, 2010
9:07 am

Bravobama! Our Commander-in-Chief is a great leader. If we show support for our leader then maybe Osama will feel compelled to communicate again, and hopefully make a mistake.

Then, with Obama in charge, we’ve got him. Cheney won’t be there to countermand the kill order this time.

Bravobama!

See Man. Ticks!

March 18th, 2010
9:07 am

Let’s move past this R/D divide. Let’s all be conservatives. OK. First, who gets to define conservatism.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

March 18th, 2010
9:08 am

Well, this is the only piece of good news I found today. I look for news and find nothing but gloom and doom. Here’s a movie star that got a Oscar but has a husband running around with a woman that’s got tattoos from her feet to her neck. And here’s a yellow-bellied Congress critter that said he wouldn’t vote for Obamacare and now says he’ll vote for it. And here’s a owner that’s got a dog that bit four people and is claiming the dog is just a victim. And now I find out my favorite canadate for guvner, Ray McBerry–the one that wants GA to leave the union–got his teacher liscence suspended for running around with a 14 year old student.

At least I can count on Bookman to report about how the Terrists are getting blowed up by planes they can’t see. Who would of counted on Bookman to report the only piece of good news today? Next thing you know they’ll be saying some Woman of the Evening’s turned into a nun.

Have a good day everybody.

Outhouse GoKart

March 18th, 2010
9:09 am

“Here again, Obama’s success highlight’s Bush and Cheney’s incompetence.”

Oh yea…Bravo!!

Doggone/GA

March 18th, 2010
9:10 am

“it’s large, but I don’t think that it’s such a large % of the 50 states that all textbooks will be changed to fit their needs”

You’d be surprised. I’ve known about it since Linda Ellerbee published her first book, and that was back in 1986.

Scooter

March 18th, 2010
9:12 am

Normal,it looks like your idea of Spec Ops and drones is working. They have some ROE’s to deal with but nothing like the ROE’s forced on the grunts.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Have A Drink On Us, obozo!

March 18th, 2010
9:19 am

Yes, and the American people bomb and strafe our errant Congress and have them on the run too!

Bad day for the enemies of the United States, just sayin….

Normal

March 18th, 2010
9:22 am

Scooter,
Yes, I think the drones are the real deal and I know from experience that ROEs are invitations to get you killed.

godless heathen

March 18th, 2010
9:28 am

“Cheney won’t be there to countermand the kill order this time.”

More made up history.

Corey

March 18th, 2010
9:32 am

Godless Heathen, moreover, if Bush had been more proactive to Wall Street’s reckless abandon instead of saying “Wall Street got drunk” while chuckling maybe just maybe we wouldn’t be in the worst recession since the Great Depression. Just saying…

Outhouse GoKart

March 18th, 2010
9:36 am

Maybe/maybe not.

Drain The Swamp (NIF)

March 18th, 2010
9:39 am

Got them on the run?

LOL!!!!!!

It is true that liberals are just this clueless.

Push your silly a**ed bill through. It will cost the democrats Washington and that is a very good thing. The bill will never make it through the legal channels and what will you have libs?

But don’t worry. You can still blame it all on the republicans.

Got them on the run.

What a joke.

Drain The Swamp (NIF)

March 18th, 2010
9:42 am

We are on the run!!

We are on the run!!

We are on the run!!

We are on the run!!

We are on the run!!

We are on the run!!

We are on the run!!

We are on the run!!

We are on the run!!

We are on the run!!

We are sooooo scared!!!!!

SOUTHERN ATL

March 18th, 2010
9:43 am

Most Americans will NOT be satisfied until Osama bin Laden is smoked out of the Afghan/Pakistan region and brought to justice (ALIVE)!

Bubba

March 18th, 2010
9:45 am

Since everything bad that happens now is Bush’s fault, doesn’t that mean Bush should get the credit for this? Nah.

Doggone/GA

March 18th, 2010
9:47 am

“Since everything bad that happens now is Bush’s fault, doesn’t that mean Bush should get the credit for this?”

Since the first half of your question is based on a false premis, then the answer to your last half is: No

godless heathen

March 18th, 2010
9:47 am

Maybe if Obama hadn’t raised so much cash from Wall Street investment banks he would be doing something about the mess.

jt

March 18th, 2010
9:47 am

How utterly incestous and sick. But I guess everything is alright as long as Obama is involved. Hell hath no fury like a warmongering democrat—————

.” Panetta also received a $28,000 honorarium from the Carlyle Group, a private-equity firm that owns companies doing business with national-security agencies of the U.S. government. Carlyle holds a majority stake in the government consulting arm of Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., which works for the CIA and other agencies.

Long before the current Bush Adminstration, George Bush Sr., along with former government officials and the Bin Laden family of Saudi Arabia, created a private investment firm called the Carlyle Group.

The purpose of the company is to acquire interests in arms manufacturers. Because it is a privately owned company, it’s dealings are only rarely reported on in the financial news, but it is one of the biggest beneficiaries of America’s drive to war and it is making its investors very rich.”

Yea, we’re chase em for YEARS.

Scooter

March 18th, 2010
9:49 am

SOUTHERN ATL

March 18th, 2010
9:43 am

I want be stisfied untill our troops are out of there. jus sayin……

SOUTHERN ATL

March 18th, 2010
9:51 am

Scooter@9:49
…as a veteran myself, I agree!!

joan

March 18th, 2010
9:51 am

Yes, let’s talk about everything, but the Obamocare, which is going to put this country into third world status. We need health care reform, but we don’t need the Obamacare reform which does a lot more harm than good. I am anxious to know what is in the darn bill. Seems like no one is going to be told until it is too late. You can be sure it will cost a lot more than they say it will.

Paul

March 18th, 2010
9:54 am

This is a good thing. But is anyone questioning just why the Obama Administration is continuing using the CIA to run targeted killing instead of the military?

USinUK

[[RWT – 8:55 – “Luckovich would be hilarious today, if it weren’t so close to the truth”
seriously. I feel sorry for the TX kids …]]

The review takes place every few years. Last time every conservative proposal was rejected. This time the ‘conservatively-stacked’ board incorporated liberal items. Quite a change from when liberals controlled the process.

Luckovich is a great editorial cartoonist, but editorial cartoons are designed to provoke thought or a point of view. They aren’t necessarily fact.

Haywood Jablome

[[Here again, Obama’s success highlight’s Bush and Cheney’s incompetence.
Finally, we have a president who can get things done and kick the enemy’s butt.]]
What, specifically, has Pres Obama done differently than Pres Bush? Isn’t it a case of the intel agencies doing what they were doing?

Pres Obama directed no significant changes from prior policies.

Southern Atl

[[Most Americans will NOT be satisfied until Osama bin Laden is smoked out of the Afghan/Pakistan region and brought to justice (ALIVE)!]]

Problem is, Obama Administration has admitted they can’t capture him.

jt

March 18th, 2010
9:55 am

Paul- I answered this question at my 9:47. Leon Panetta.

But is anyone questioning just why the Obama Administration is continuing using the CIA to run targeted killing instead of the military?

Normal

March 18th, 2010
9:56 am

Paul,
“Problem is, Obama Administration has admitted they can’t capture him.”

First I’ve heard of this, could you give me a link, please?

Corey

March 18th, 2010
9:56 am

Godless Heathen, stay tuned for finance reform, that is, if the party of No does not grind that effort to a halt.

jt

March 18th, 2010
9:57 am

And the fact that the CIA is ALWAYS around opium and coka growing regions.

Yeah Right

March 18th, 2010
9:59 am

Hail to the Chief, Cheney was never Commander in Chief. You’re mindless.

The Obama supporters live in fantasy land. The policy in A and I is a continuation of pieces put in place long ago.

Let me know how you’re healthcare works out for you.

Got a 401k? Get ready to give up half.

Trillions have been added to the deficit under Obama’s watch. Trillions more are being added as we speak.

The financial policies that led to the economic collapse in the housing market were signed into law by Bill Clinton.

True the R’s were not great stewards of economic policy from a spending perspective in 2 of eight years. So keep blaming the recession on Bush if you want. But the numbers don’t lie…the big runup is dem policy and pork belly induced and the free spenders for big gov’ment got your back right?

Wait a min…where’s mine? Take it from Smedley he can afford it.

The healtcare plan will create the biggest department in government.

Question: What congress/president started “borrowing” from social security? SSA is hold 2.5 trillion in IOU’s from Uncle Sam. Guess what party started the borrowing?

What kind of job creation has there been under Obama? The Bush tax cuts and stimulus package created 8 million jobs

Hef

March 18th, 2010
9:59 am

Joan-It’s never been about Health Care Reform.It’s been about power & legacy,for Obama.Vain is what Vain does, He’s never seen a mirror that he did’nt like.

Ken

March 18th, 2010
10:01 am

To all of the people who think Atlanta is great and has not been screwed over by black people, lets look at todays headlines:

Chess Champion Killed At MARTA Station
Leprechaun shot and killed in robbery
Slain atrist had bright future
Pellets fired at school bus
Dead man found in Lithonia driveway

My question is simply why do black people do this? I understand white people cause crimes but not violent ones like these and these headlines are on here daily. Why?

HDB

March 18th, 2010
10:02 am

jt @ 9:47

Long before the current Bush Adminstration, George Bush Sr., along with former government officials and the Bin Laden family of Saudi Arabia, created a private investment firm called the Carlyle Group.

The purpose of the company is to acquire interests in arms manufacturers. Because it is a privately owned company, it’s dealings are only rarely reported on in the financial news, but it is one of the biggest beneficiaries of America’s drive to war and it is making its investors very rich.”

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And we wondered why GWB didn’t go after OBL as fearlessly as we are now?? And we wondered by the bin Laden family was allowed to leave the US under Presidential edict when US airspace was shut down??

When Americans protested that the war was just a money grab for Bush and his cronies, Republicans cried “treason”…..

Can we get closer to the truth about Iraq???

Williebkind

March 18th, 2010
10:02 am

This may be my last day blogging because the electric company is shutting me off. I asked for government assistance but they said I was conservative and did not warrant such help. Dont worry though, we got candles from the salvation army and some old oil lamps. A neighbor had a can of oil and gave it to us. However, I told him I was conservative before he gave me the oil. So I guess I will go back to reading magazines I found in the dumpster and such. I am getting worried about going to jail though for not being able to pay for my healtcare. Leaving the missus all alone worries me. However she is keeping a good attitude. Well, I have to go. I saw some aluminum cans along the road and I can get a few pennies for them. God save America!

Yeah Right

March 18th, 2010
10:02 am

The CIA is around that stuff because they want to source where the money from it goes. They can’t stop it…ah, see Cartel Wars….so may as well source the funds and try to interupt the purchase of arms.

Bubba

March 18th, 2010
10:03 am

“Since the first half of your question is based on a false premis, then the answer to your last half is: No”

You’re absolutely right. What I should have said is “Since everything bad that happens now is Bush’s fault ACCORDING TO OBAMA …” Sorry bout that.

Hef

March 18th, 2010
10:04 am

Ken-Barbie’s calling you better go

Yeah Come ON!

March 18th, 2010
10:04 am

Come on Ken, I agree with almost all of your statement – EXCEPT, that white people don’t commit violent crime.

Yeah Right

March 18th, 2010
10:04 am

HDB…hahaha! That’s a laugher…what do you make this stuff up as you go?

Show me any factual data that supports your assertion.

Th

March 18th, 2010
10:06 am

Yeah, America!!! The richest country in the world!!! Except we can’t afford health care for poor people like everyone else.

Yeah Come ON!

March 18th, 2010
10:06 am

Williebkind – You will live a better life if you just get on the dole.

jewcowboy

March 18th, 2010
10:06 am

Ken @ 10.01,

Why do white people do this?

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/02/18/texas.plane.crash/index.html

“(CNN) — The remains of two people have been found in an Austin, Texas, building where a man crashed a small plane, authorities said.

The identities of the two dead people have not been confirmed, the Austin Fire Department said in a statement. Two other people who were injured in the incident were taken to a hospital, and 11 others were treated for minor injuries, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said.

Authorities said Andrew Joseph Stack III, 53, an Austin resident with an apparent grudge against the Internal Revenue Service, set his house on fire Thursday and then crashed a Piper Cherokee PA-28 into the building, which houses an IRS office with nearly 200 employees, federal officials said.

“This appears to be an intentional act by a sole individual,” Acevedo said at a news conference.”

Violence is not relagated to a certain race, and you are a fool if you believe that to be true.

Yeah Come ON!

March 18th, 2010
10:08 am

Th – technically speaking, we aren’t rich. You can’t be trillions of dollars in debt and be rich. We are flat out broke.