Well we now have Reason #29 for being in Afghanistan. My dear friend, and former Congress Member, now CIA Chief Leon Panetta says “Winning in Afghanistan is having a country that is stable enough to ensure that there is no safe haven for al Qaeda or for a militant Taliban that welcomes al Qaeda. Read the full story as reported by CNN newswire here.
Panetta also made clear that the threat from al Qaeda remains the nation’s main concern, noting the group’s use of people who lack any terrorism record — such as the suspect in the botched bombing attempt of a U.S. airliner on Christmas day — as a way to infiltrate U.S. safeguards. He also mentioned sleeper agents already in the country, and people who “self-radicalize” such as Maj. Nidal Hasan, the suspect in the Ft. Hood, Texas, shootings.
“Those kinds of threats represent I think the most serious threat to the United States right now,” Panetta said.
Ed. Note: So Leon, why are we still in Afghanistan? There are over 30 “terrorist groups” on the CIA list, are we going to all these places next?
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Read Ray McGovern’s “Obama Misses the Afghan Exit Ramp”, click here.
Has it occurred to President Barack Obama that Gen. Stanley McChrystal might actually have wanted to be fired — and thus rescued from the current March of Folly in Afghanistan, a mess much of his own making?
McChrystal leaves behind a long trail of broken promises and unfulfilled expectations. For example, there is no real security, at least during the night, in the area of Marja, which McChrystal devoted enormous resources to pacify this spring. Remember his boast that he would then bring to Marja a “government-in-a-box” and thereby offer an object lesson regarding what was in store for those pesky Taliban in Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second largest city?
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Changing “The Team”:
Holbrooke ready to go? According to the Los Angeles Times, the prospects of Mr Holbrooke’s ouster were raised after the White House sidelined him during months of crucial talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
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Further Light on the Subject:
American officials have told Pakistan that there is mistrust between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). Read it all here at Dawn.com.
“John Tierney (the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee of the US Congress) told a Pakistani delegation that there is mistrust between the CIA and ISI,” according to a report of the Senate’s standing committee on defence about a visit by its members to the US last month.
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