Two secret blitzes. Two high-value targets. Two very different outcomes. U.S. forces conducted dual raids on northern and eastern coasts of Africa over the weekend in the hunt for two suspected terrorists: Abu Anas al Libi, a suspected al Qaeda operative wanted for the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa; and an Al-Shabaab foreign fighter commander named Ikrima. American forces snatched al Libi in the Libyan capital Saturday morning. But 3,000 miles away, the plan to catch Ikrima didn´t go as planned. Navy SEALs came under heavy fire during their raid and had to retreat -- not knowing whether
Let me understand this. obama had al libi´s address since 2010? But did nothing? The reason we could not save the lives of the ambassador and our other men was because we did not have permission from libya? And yet, without permission from libya, we swooped in and nabbed an enemy whose location we have known for years? Now, onto somalia, for some unexplained, but hinted at (got a heads up from us perhaps)we were unable to nab the bad guy. And we tried with only a few Seals on aboat? Re-reading this, the entire thing seems unbelievable.
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The Architect, 10/7/2013 8:34:06 AM (No. 9553851)
It seems to me that plastering the fact that we have al Libi in custody and intend to "grill him" to get information on Al-queada kind of defeats the purpose of the whole thing. It would have been much better to have done it anonymously and not have them know who did it. Because now they can cover their tracks and get any operatives out of the way well in advance of us getting any actionable intelligence. I think this was just another shinny object that Emperor Zippy thought might distract the American people from the roll out of Obamacare, the problematic debt ceiling and the lousy economy.
A wedding ring belonging to Lee Harvey Oswald, the man behind the 1963 assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, is one of 290 items of Kennedy memorabilia being auctioned off in Boston this week. The ring is one of the more curious items in the auction, which is being organized by the New Hampshire auction house RR Auction, with live bidding beginning at noon ET Thursday at the Omni Parker House hotel in Boston. Oswald bought the gold band in 1961 in Minsk, Belarus, which was part of the Soviet Union at the time, for his Russian wife Marina Prusakova.
Only a very few people on this earth will ever get a punishment handed down to them by the central governing body of the Catholic Church. One of those people is bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst a.k.a. the "bling bishop" who was suspended by the Vatican on Wednesday for, among other things, spending $20,000 on his bathtub. Tebartz-van Elst, as the AFP reports, first got into trouble after it was reported that he purchased a business-class ticket to fly to India, which led to some digging into his other extravagant purchases. "His private quarters in a new diocesan building are reported to
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has repeatedly rebuffed requests by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan to testify on ObamaCare implementation, Fox News has learned, raising more questions about what the administration knew about problems with the site in advance of the troubled launch. Republicans earlier had complained that Sebelius was not available for an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing set for Thursday. But, after her office cited a scheduling conflict with that date, the secretary is now expected to appear before the committee next Wednesday. The decision comes as the HealthCare.gov site´s failures have attracted widespread attention, and demands
Health insurance executives are headed to the White House on Wednesday to discuss the botched rollout of ObamaCare´s enrollment system. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett will meet with health plan CEOs on the same day that House Democrats will huddle with a key Health and Human Services (HHS) official on Capitol Hill. The chief lobbyist for health insurers, Karen Ignagni, will attend the White House meeting. But Ignagni´s group, America´s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), declined to provide further details about the insurance executives who are headed to the White House. The meeting comes
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Discipline must be enforced, and Salon.com has taken up the role as ideological and partisan enforcer. "Stop Snitching!" Salon´s Joan Walsh shouts at liberal pundits who note that Obamacare´s implementation is not going very well: On the one hand, yes, it’s important for Democrats to acknowledge when government screws up, and to fix it. On the other hand, when liberals rush conscientiously to do that, they only encourage the completely unbalanced and unhinged coverage of whatever the problem may be. Those libertarian boys are nothing but TROUBLE! Then comes Tom Watson, who warns liberals worried about government spying on them not to talk to
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A new, lengthy report from The New York Times published in today´s paper outlines the arduous process that the Obama administration went through to get to its current position on the conflict in Syria. According to the report, the first mistake in Obama´s deliberations was assuming that Assad´s regime would fall as quickly as other governments had during the Arab Spring, such as those in Egypt and Libya. When Obama called for Assad to step down in August 2011 and made his infamous "red line" comment, the administration still had no clear idea of what its strategy should be. Instituting a
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The author of the @natsecwonk Twitter account, a gossipy, often invective-laced anonymous Washington, beat sheet, could have been a thousand people. The bio line: "A keen observer of of the foreign policy and national security scene. I´m abrasive and bring the snark. Unapologetically says what everyone else only thinks." Maybe it was a journalist who covered the State Department, or a low-level contractor, or a disgruntled junior researcher at a think tank. It could even have been me (and one of its targets thought it was, for a while). Turns out it was someone who really was in a position to dish. The
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday that he is considering running for another term in 2016, when he would be 80 years old. "I´m seriously thinking about maybe giving another opportunity for you to vote for or against me in a few years from now," McCain said on KFYI-AM in Phoenix. "I´m seriously giving that a lot of thought." [1-minute sound bite] Asked by host Barry Young to clarify if he was saying he might run again, McCain said: "That would not be wrong." The New York Times´s Mark Leibovich, who is in Arizona following McCain, first tweeted the news.
It’s past time for the media to begin asking President Obama tough questions about the IRS conservative targeting scandal. After all he was involved, publicly, from the beginning. Last Friday, the American Center for Law and Justice (where I serve as Chief Counsel) filed its Second Amended Complaint against the United States, the IRS, and a legion of IRS officials. This Complaint, in which we represent 41 organizations in 22 states, presents perhaps the most complete story yet of the IRS conservative targeting scandal. And it is an ugly story indeed. What was sold to the American public as a low-level scandal perpetrated
While the president of the United States pitched his crumbling healthcare program like a late-night infomercial barker, the Army´s chief of staff made a shocking admission about national defense. Gen. Ray Odierno told a Washington conference Monday that the U.S. Army had not conducted any training in the last six months of the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. And, he said, there currently are only two Army brigades rated combat-ready. That´s less than one-third what ‘s regarded as necessary for national security. [Snip] All this to comply with Obama administration orders to drastically shrink the Army and military spending.
That was America standing behind President Obama in the Rose Garden this week as he stammered, and droned on and on, trying to explain away the epic disaster that Obamacare has become even before it has begun “About three weeks ago, as the federal government shut down,” he began.Expectant and hopeful, America stood tall on the steps behind him for as long as she could. She was proud and gazed at the nation’s new top health care provider proudly. But as the excuses and mistruths mounted and the barrage of words rolled on and on and on, she could not
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A federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a case that could fatally cripple the Obamacare health insurance law. The Affordable Care Act forbids the federal government from enforcing the law in any state that opted out of setting up its own health care exchange, according to a group of small businesses whose lawsuit got a key hearing Monday in federal court. The Obama administration, according to their lawsuit, has ignored that language in the law, enforcing all of its provisions even in states where the federal government is operating the insurance marketplaces on the error-plagued Healthcare.gov website. Thirty-six states chose not to
The Mark Twain Prize, handed out each year in the Nation´s Capital, is generally a nonpartisan affair meant to toast the funniest people in pop culture, period. This year, both the honoree and a key presenter couldn´t resist the chance to get political during the ceremony. The night belonged to beloved sketch comedy star Carol Burnett, who used the debate over the recently ended government shutdown in her acceptance speech: This is very encouraging. I mean it was a long time in coming, but I understand because there are so many people funnier than I am, especially here in Washington. With any luck,
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After a shutdown fight that had Republicans in Congress taking sides against one another, the Senate minority whip put out a plea for unity today in the form of a Fox News op-ed. “In recent weeks, the national media have been obsessed with highlighting divisions and disagreements among Republicans on Capitol Hill. It’s time for GOP lawmakers to remind the American people of what unites us,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) wrote. “Republicans are united in our desire to dismantle President Obama’s health care law and replace it with patient-centered alternatives that reduce costs, expand quality insurance coverage, and improve access to
President Barack Obama caught a pregnant woman who began to faint during his speech about healthcare reforms today, joking ´That´s what happens when I talk too long.´ Mr Obama reached out to help prospective Affordable Care Act beneficiary Karmel Allison who was standing directly behind him as he discussed the glitches of the new healthcare website in the Rose Garden of the White House. Around 25 minutes into the speech, Ms Allison became unsteady and started to lose consciousness and the President turned around and grabbed her by the arm before she fainted. Scroll down for video
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