Wednesday, July 15, 2009

There's nothing here

Really, when you begin to look at the details, it certainly looks like a trap to me:

The CIA spent at least $1 million on the secret intelligence program that aimed to develop hit squads to kill al Qaeda leaders but never went beyond the planning stage, a congressional official said Tuesday.

The highly classified program, which never became operational but remained in existence until it was shut down by CIA Director Leon Panetta in June, is expected to trigger a congressional investigation, other officials said.

The House Intelligence Committee asked the CIA to provide documents about the now-canceled program to kill al Qaeda leaders, and agency officials said it would comply with the request, congressional officials said Tuesday.

According to one official, the agency spent at least $1 million over the eight years that the CIA considered launching the hit teams. The official would not detail the exact amount or its uses. The official and others spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

House Democrats and liberals in general are going to have a great deal of egg on their faces if nothing was carried out. This seems to have been a planning mission, a contingency if things went south, and if you don't actually do anything, why would you have to brief it to Congress?

When you sit and think about it, of course we should have a plan to hunt down and kill al Qaeda members anywhere on the globe. The major criticism of the Bush Administration used to be that it wasn't going into Pakistan to get al Qaeda; now that it is revealed that they had just such a program in place, liberals are screaming about the rule of law again. What they forget is that the Obama Administration isn't exactly embracing the rule of law and does believe that it can keep things secret from the Congress.

Now, please let me remind you of what President Bush said in his address to Congress, shortly after 9/11:

We will direct every resource at our command--every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence, and every necessary weapon of war--to the disruption and defeat of the global terror network.

This war will not be like the war against Iraq a decade ago, with its decisive liberation of territory and its swift conclusion. It will not look like the air war above Kosovo two years ago, where no ground troops were used and not a single American was lost in combat.

Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have seen. It may include dramatic strikes, visible on television, and covert operations, secret even in success. We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or rest. And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.

I think we need to remember that, yes, he screwed it up, big time. Every good Republican knows that President Bush was asleep at the wheel most of the time, and rolling in a ditch filled with mediocrity the rest of the time, but one cannot say that he didn't spell out what he intended to do. But, enough with the phony outrage. Everyone knew they were going to send men out with knives to do the dirty work, and from what I gather, it never really even got that far.

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