You know, you gotta expand your portfolio some. You can't just be tied down to two or three wars. You gotta make sure you're all over the place hedging your bets. Cause you know, maybe you'll be able to topple the governments of Yemen and Pakistan..
Why do you ask? Cause as sure as shit, we're bombing the shit out of Yemen right now.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has intensified the American covert war in Yemen, exploiting a growing power vacuum in the country to strike at militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets, according to American officials.
The acceleration of the American campaign in recent weeks comes amid a violent conflict in Yemen that has left the government in Sana, a United States ally, struggling to cling to power. Yemeni troops that had been battling militants linked to Al Qaeda in the south have been pulled back to the capital, and American officials see the strikes as one of the few options to keep the militants from consolidating power.
On Friday, American jets killed Abu Ali al-Harithi, a midlevel Qaeda operative, and several other militant suspects in a strike in southern Yemen. According to witnesses, four civilians were also killed in the airstrike. Weeks earlier, drone aircraft fired missiles aimed at Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical American-born cleric who the United States government has tried to kill for more than a year. Mr. Awlaki survived.
The recent operations come after a nearly year-long pause in American airstrikes, which were halted amid concerns that poor intelligence had led to bungled missions and civilian deaths that were undercutting the goals of the secret campaign.
Officials in Washington said that the American and Saudi spy services had been receiving more information — from electronic eavesdropping and informants — about the possible locations of militants. But, they added, the outbreak of the wider conflict in Yemen created a new risk: that one faction might feed information to the Americans that could trigger air strikes against a rival group.
Concerned that support for the campaign could wane if the government of Yemen’s authoritarian president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, were to fall, the United States ambassador in Yemen has met recently with leaders of the opposition, partly to make the case for continuing American operations. Officials in Washington said that opposition leaders have told the ambassador, Gerald M. Feierstein, that operations against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula should continue regardless of who wins the power struggle in Sana.
The extent of America’s war in Yemen has been among the Obama administration’s most closely guarded secrets, as officials worried that news of unilateral American operations could undermine Mr. Saleh’s tenuous grip on power. Mr. Saleh authorized American missions in Yemen in 2009, but placed limits on their scope and has said publicly that all military operations had been conducted by his own troops.
Before we go any further let's take inventory on the places that the United States is currently engaged in the act of blowing shit up.
Now, let's take a look at the list of things that this course of action will accomplish....
Yeah, not seeing anything. Oh wait, I know, it will free our wallets of money. Because really, we sit here and ask ourselves why are we so broke all the time, guys?
Though I guess I shouldn't be too surprised by this. We have been bombing them for nearly 109 years already. So I guess if it ain't broke, why fix it? At the very least this is going to be one of the most interesting parts of history to read about in a few decades. If there's anyone still around to read it.
Did you know that 40% of Yemen's water goes towards growing a recreational drug you may know as Marijuana? It's true! No wonder we've been bombing the shit out of them. We can't have this War on drugs look like it's not being dealt with.
Apparently there was a split in the Obama administration about toning it down when it comes to being so bomb happy and all this war stuff. I guess we know which side won that argument. You can rest assure that it was teh 'Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack H. Obama' side that won.
But seriously, can anyone honestly look back to that Nobel Peace Prize now that we're in five foreign lands bombing the shit out of the local brown people and think that Obama could carry that prize as anything but as a token of irony in that hipster sort of way?
But just look at some of this shit..
A senior Pentagon official, speaking only on condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday that using force against militants in Yemen was further complicated by the fact that Qaeda operatives have mingled with other rebels and antigovernment militants, making it harder for the United States to attack without the appearance of picking sides.It's utterly amazing how good they are at that. Like the CIA/Pentagon has been saying there are something like 100 Al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan/Pakistan. The claim isn't verifiable because of its very nature, but there have so many more deaths within that span of time that you can tell it's just really tough to find them.
So what can we expect to get out of all this blood and explosions at the hands of America? Maybe we can set up some sweet ass deals like we did with Libyan rebel groups and get oil on the down low.
The rebel government in control of the eastern part of Libya has made its first sale of oil from territory it controls, the State Department confirmed Wednesday.
Tesoro, a U.S. oil refiner, entered into a deal May 25 with the Transitional National Council based in Benghazi, Libya for 1.2 million barrels of Libyan crude oil, the State Department said in a written statement. The shipment was scheduled to arrive aboard the MT Equator, a Liberian-flagged tanker, at the Single Point Mooring in Hawaii on Wednesday. The dollar value of the deal is not known.
U.S. support for additional oil sales with the TNC will continue as a means to support additional revenue streams for the Libyan people, the statement said.
The sale was made possible following an April announcement by the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the Treasury Department that established a new licensing policy with Libya. That action was taken to ease barriers to certain oil related transactions with the TNC, in place because of wider U.S. sanctions on Libya.
It's fucking funny... okay, more sad that Obama is more effective at resource imprealism than Bush ever was. Who needs nation-building and all that shit when you have CIA backed rebels who will give you what you need and not give a fuck?
It really does show that an intelligent U.S. president is really a dangerous thing that we shouldn't fuck around with. Nation building is for sissies after all. A couple dozen cruise missiles and a few million to the CIA and that's all you need to get this shit on lockdown. That's what our Nobel Peace Prize winning barack Obama says about this shit.
I really didn't think it mattered who won the 2008 election. Well, I mean, as long as Sarah Palin wasn't in play or anything, but I bet if John McCain were president things would be a lot worse for the US while also a whole lot better for the rest of the world.
I'm pretty sure the rest of the world wouldn't be worrying shitless about Al Qaeda. I mean, was that ever actually a thing? It has always felt like it was just a catch-all term for "people we want to bomb the shit out of and if we don't, your freedoms die... even though we'll still be killing them"
So yeah.. let's bomb Yemen some more for some stupid reason.
Seriously, fuck this noise.