Thursday, December 24, 2009
21 Virgins and a wheelchair
It is always good news to hear that a few terrorists have achieve “room temperature” with the help of our intelligence community. The Obama Administration should be praised for this accomplishment wherever and whenever it occurs. There is a questionable aspect to the latest strike in Yemen that appears to have hit its target – The Imam that was the spiritual mentor (and literary resource for an article Hassan was writing) of the Ft. Hood terrorist was reportedly killed in this strike.
When the FBI answered press inquiries about the contact that Hassan had with the radical Imam, they said it was consistent with his research of an article he was writing for his job in the Army – move along….
This seemed to me fishy and did not pass any “smell test” that the FBI would be so “unconcerned” to the point of validating a terror suspect when he made multiple direct contacts with an al-Qaida terrorist. Nothing to see here, they said….
According to the NY Times
“A statement by the Yemeni Embassy in Washington said the target of the airstrike was a gathering of “scores” of Qaeda members from Yemen and other countries, including the network’s two top leaders in Yemen, in a remote corner of in the country’s south. The statement said the radical cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, was “presumed to be at the site.”
There, enough said if the NY Times reports it, the Imam was at an “al-Qaida get-together” so he must have direct ties and links to the organization (uhm, did have).
Again, according to the NY Times:
“Yemeni officials said they had made targets of the leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, and his deputy, Said Ali al-Shihri, who were believed to be at the meeting with Mr. Awlaki.
Mr. Shihiri was held for five years in the American detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and after his release in 2007 went through a Saudi rehabilitation program. But he joined Al Qaeda after his return to Yemen, a notable failure for the Saudi program, which American officials admire.”
Oh, and were you aware that this rehab program that American Offials admire is partly funded by your tax dollars?
How’s that Saudi “rehabilitation” program going for us. At least the alumni from Guantanamo Bay won’t be coming to a spa in Illinois in 2011 with the rest of their brothers in arms.
So the news has probably hit Hassan pretty hard as he points his wheelchair to the East 5 times each day knowing that he won’t be meeting his mentor in the afterlife any time soon.
Like I said, the Obama Administration should be commended on a job well done in taking out the two embarrassments to his administration (A Guantanamo Alumni that after release went on to become the #1 al-Qaida leader in Yemen and the spiritual mentor of a non-terrorist who shot up an Army base because he was taunted and bullied).
Like the FBI said – move along, nothing here to see…….