Thursday, May 5, 2011

You Knew it was Coming

The Pakistanis are ticked off and their feelings are a little bit hurt. Of course being embarrassed in front of the whole world will do that.

1. They claim that they did not know where bin Laden was living. Considering that he was only 800 meters from their West Point it is hard to believe.
2. That the U.S. was able to fly in spend 40 minutes on the ground and not only not detect the SEAL team but were not able to respond at all. Even though there was gunfire and explosions going on.

Pakistan's army chief Gen. Kayani is ordering a probe into Pakistan's duel intelligence failures. Pakistani media is openly challenging the military and ISI which is often unsafe to do.

Meanwhile in other you knew it had to be coming news the Europeans are all in an uproar now that they are playing Monday morning quarterback and say we should have captured and tried him. Surprisingly it is the French who are on our side the the British both right and left and of course the Germans who are having a litter of kittens. My vote pull all troops out of Europe except to maintain our bases there. I am sick and tired of floating Europe's security bill let them pull their own weight for a change. But I digress..Oh one more thing are we going to have to defend Europe from their growing Islamic problem because right now they barely acknowledge there is a problem from their Asian immigrants.

This whole ordeal while cause a shift in Pakistani and American relations and it may well change things inside of Pakistan. Of course the Military and ISI may close ranks and nothing changes but maybe just maybe civilians can start to have more of a say in how those organizations are run.


I have been silent this last little bit while trying my hand at gunsmithing and generally watching the Middle East and the Magreb got to hell.

I am pleased as punch the OBL is dead as a hammer and could really care less that the Euro-weeny press with the exception of France is having a litter of kittens. What I do wonder about is why the narrative the the attack keeps changing? Maybe the administration should have waited on the debriefing before spouting off at the head. Also my friend over at Captains Journal raises a heck of a point when he says we can unleash a SEAL team on UBL and kill every man in the place but we try to hold snipers accountable for shooting an unarmed Taliban commander or tie Marine and Soldiers hands behind their back with very restrictive ROEs.

My brother made it safely back from another trip across the sea and he has some very unkind things to say about working with NATO. My reaction was "they were supposed to stop the Red Horde from taking over Europe?" Sadly as bad off as the Warsaw Pact was NATO might have been worse.

I digress did you know that the Iranian government through their Revolutionary Guard Corps is involved with something like $12 Billion dollars a year in smuggling a lot of that involving drugs out of Lebanon and Central and South America. $12 Billion is a ton of money and would make the IRGC pretty much financially independent of the Iranian government.