I’m sure I’m in minority/off-base/a killjoy/need a life territory with this, but while it’s great that we got Bin Laden the thing that sticks with me isn’t that we got him. I actually had thought we got him a long time ago, being as though he got REALLY quiet once we started gunning for him. For the last 10 years this guy was a fugitive. Sort of, at least.
So while there’s some closure to blowing his head off, for sure, and it’s a cathartic high being able to puff out your chest and say “that’s what happens when you mess with the USA,” the fact is we should have been able to have this moment quite some time ago.
Why didn’t we? Pakistan protected him. Everybody has known that for some time, and the other intelligence agencies in the region have been pretty up front about it.
They put this guy up at their equivalent of West Point. Across the street from the campus of their equivalent of West Point, as it happens.
That’s a major insult. It’s an even bigger insult considering the billions of dollars we have wasted on these low-life scumbags over the course of the last decade. Not to mention the fact that we’re spending blood and treasure next door in Afghanistan fighting people who originate out of Pakistan and are given support and safe harbor in Pakistan.
And not to mention we’re still trying to clean up the damage done in spreading nuclear weapons to the worst people on earth by the A.Q. Khan network out of Pakistan. Which was established under the government of one Pervez Musharraf, the tin pot military dictator who ran the biggest double game on earth until the people of Pakistan decided he wasn’t enough of a barbarian for their tastes.
Turns out Musharraf, despite the fact he’s no longer particularly relevant in that country, has some opinions about Sunday’s takedown of Bin Laden.
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Monday accused the U.S. of violating his country’s sovereignty by sending in special forces to kill Osama bin Laden.
“American troops coming across the border and taking action in one of our towns, that is Abbottabad, is not acceptable to the people of Pakistan. It is a violation of our sovereignty,” Mr. Musharraf told CNN-IBN, an Indian news channel.
He added that it would have been “far better if Pakistani Special Services Group had operated and conducted the mission. To that extent, the modality of handling it and executing the operation is not correct.”
Is there a way to respond to this without the use of the F-word? I’m not sure there is.
The idea that Pakistan has “sovereignty” to speak of with a straight face after a 10-year period in which it refused to police its own borders and put a stop to many of its own citizens crossing over into Afghanistan to attack American soldiers there, the idea that Pakistan has “sovereignty” after harboring Al Qaeda bigwigs by the hundreds – including Bin Laden – while vowing to help us hunt them down, the idea that Pakistan has “sovereignty” after taking billions of dollars offered for the express purposes of assisting us in this fight, is offensive in the extreme. And given that Musharraf was the head asshole in charge of that place during the majority of the time this farcical “cooperation” has been going on, he is singularly ill-suited to run his yap about it.
Oh, but there’s more.
Mr. Musharraf said the “lack of trust is very bad.”
“If two organizations [are] conducting an operation against a common enemy, there has to be trust and confidence in each other,” he said.
Pakistan is “totally on board” on fighting al Qaeda and Taliban.
Mr. Musharraf said it was possible that some local Pakistanis had colluded with bin Laden.
Hey jackass, why on earth should the U.S. “trust” Pakistan? Give me one reason why you’ve earned one atom of our trust over the course of the past decade? If your country – and you personally – were the least bit trustworthy we would have had Bin Laden’s head YEARS AGO.
And then we have this…
Hundreds took to the streets of Pakistan’s city of Quetta on Monday to pay homage to Osama bin Laden, chanting death to America and setting fire to a US flag, witnesses and organisers said.
Angry participants belonging to a religious party in Quetta, the capital of southwestern province Baluchistan, were led by federal lawmaker Maulawi Asmatullah. They also torched a US flag before dispersing peacefully.
It was the first rally in Pakistan after the United States announced that bin Laden had been killed in an overnight commando mission in Pakistan.
Two words: drone strike.
And I’m going to hold my fire here – but if it turns out there were Pakistani exchange students at LSU involved in the burning of the American flag on LSU’s Parade Grounds this morning, Allah help them. I’ve met a few of those people, and without generalizing too terribly much a more unfriendly, miserable and anti-American subset of the university population you will not find. Sure, that’s unfair. It’s also my experience. And I’m not alone.