Osama bin Laden

Maybe they should have used a few more rounds…just to make sure

Apparently it is bad that SEAL team members shot Osama bin Laden more than 100 times.

I should have thought he should have been shot at least 2,977 times as a minimum.

Special operations sources have claimed that the terror leader was shot more than one hundred times in the fatal 2011 raid.

A new report from a website known within the intelligence and armed services community claims that the sheer number of times that Osama bin Laden was shot is the reason why the government has never released photos of his dead body.

Citing two confidential sources, The Special Operations Forces Situation Report tells how ‘operator after operator took turns dumping magazines-worth of ammunition into Bin Laden’s body’.

The site goes on to argue that while the Navy SEALs may have felt it was ‘morally, legally, and ethically appropriate to shoot the body a few times to ensure that he is really dead and no longer a threat,’ that does not justify the extent of this damage.

‘What happened on the Bin Laden raid is beyond excessive.  The level of excess shown was not about making sure that Bin Laden was no longer a threat.  The excess was pure self-indulgence,’ author Jack Murphy writes.  Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Picture: Camera Press

Picture: Camera Press

Bin Laden family vacationing in Falun, Sweden in 1971 Read more »

A new Godwin’s Law?

We all know what Godwin’s law is…leftists usually are the first to break it, but now it is thought there is a new Godwin’s law.

Samuel Johnson once said that “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” Patriotism, and bad analogies.

For the uninitiated, Godwin’s Law is one of the cardinal rules of the Internet. Coined in 1990 by Internet law expert Mike Godwin, the principle — confirmed by countless contentious comment threads across the web — is that the longer an online discussion persists, the greater the odds become that someone will make a comparison to Nazis or Adolf Hitler, to the point of near-inevitability. Nothing ends a debate faster than the hyperbolic unsupported counterfactual: “You know who else did [INSERT SUBJECT OF ARGUMENT HERE]? Hitler!”

We get this all the time…usually from teachers unions…they used it against Anne Tolley and are yet to deploy it against Hekia Parata…only a matter of time though.

But Hitler and the Nazis aren’t the only recurring straw men used to end debates. Over the past 12 years, it’s become clear that the longer a national security debate persists, the more likely it becomes that someone will try to end it by suggesting something — some policy, some person, some technology — “could have prevented 9/11.”  Read more »

BOP, BOP

A book about the SEAL Team raid that killed Osama bin Laden is about to be released. Predictably the panty-waists are getting upset because Osama bin Laden was capped while unarmed…boo-freakin’…hoo:

The account contradicts the official version of the raid on the former al-Qaeda leader’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 2 last year, which suggested that the terrorist was shot because he may have been reaching for a gun.

The disclosure in “No Easy Day,” a book written by a 36-year-old Seal under the pseudonym Mark Owen, raised questions over whether bin Laden represented a clear threat when he was first fired on.

In the book, which will be published on Sept 4, Owen described being directly behind the “point man” as the Seals advanced up a narrow stairwell.

“We were less than five steps from getting to the top when I heard suppressed shots,” he said. “BOP. BOP. I couldn’t tell from my position if the rounds hit the target or not. The man disappeared into the dark room.”

The Seals followed bin Laden into the bedroom where they found him crumpled on the floor convulsing in a pool of blood with a hole visible on the right side of his head, according to Owen. Two women were wailing over his body.

He said the point man pulled the two women away into a corner, and the still twitching terrorist was then shot several times.

“We trained our lasers on his chest and fired several rounds. The bullets tore into him, slamming his body into the floor until he was motionless,”

Dry your eyes ladies, that’s what happens when you live with a terrorist.

Dogs more deadly than Al Qaeda

CNN

Is it time to declare victory over Al Qaeda?

Al Qaeda hasn’t conducted a successful attack in the West since the bombings on London’s transportation system seven years ago that killed 52 commuters. And the terrorist group, of course, hasn’t carried out an attack in the States since 9/11.

Even terrorists influenced by al Qaeda-like ideas have only killed 17 people in the United States since 9/11.  About the same number of Americans are killed every year by dogs. In other words, in the United States during the past decade, dogs have been around ten times more deadly than jihadist terrorists.

Good on ya Rand

Washington Wire

Rand Paul is making a stand for a loyal ally:

Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) said he has secured the right for an up-or-down vote on his proposal to strip all U.S. aid to Pakistan in protest of the harsh prison sentence leveled against the doctor who helped the CIA track Osama bin Laden.

Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani doctor who aided the CIA’s efforts by using the cover of his vaccination program to knock on the door of bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, was sentenced to 33 years in jail in May. Dr. Afridi was formally accused of aiding militant groups, but his arrest and prosecution was widely seen as a result of the assistance he provided to the U.S.

Congress is already considering legislation to strip $33 million in aid to Pakistan, in protest of the sentence. But Sen. Paul said those efforts are not dramatic enough to pressure Islamabad. Sen. Paul’s bill would cut off aid to Pakistan for the remainder of the year as well as next year. Congress appropriated $2 billion for the current fiscal year, but much of it remains unspent. For next year Congress is considering proposals of around $1 billion in aid.

Sen. Paul, a tea party favorite, libertarian and son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, said such up or down votes are rare, and predicted it will cause some discomfort in the Senate.

“You will see some folks squirming in their seats on this one,” he said.

Don’t piss off Obama

The Telegraph

I’m not sure that you’d want to piss off Obama:

The US has confirmed that al-Qaeda’s second-in-command was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan.

US officials described the death of Abu Yahya al-Libi as a “major blow” to the terrorist organisation.

The official told AFP that Washington had a “very high degree of confidence” that Libi was dead, and argued that his demise would severely hamper the capacity of core al-Qaeda leaders to liaise with affiliated groups.

Libi was killed when missiles destroyed his vehicle and a militant compound in North Waziristan, leaving 15 dead.

The death of Libi, a close aid to Osama bin Laden’s successor Ayman al-Zawahiri, is a major blow to what is left of al-Qaeda’s core leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He is among more than 12 senior al-Qaeda leaders assassinated since bin Laden was tracked down and killed by US Navy Seals in May last year.

Three separate drone strikes were launched from Saturday to Monday, killing at least 30 people, according to local sources.

The third barrage comprised two missiles, which slammed into a compound and a vehicle in the village of Hesokhel, near Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan, before dawn. Pakistani intelligence officials said they had evidence that Libi was at the scene at the time of the strike.

Best political campaign description ever?

New York Magazine

I thik this qualifies as perhaps the best description of a political campaign ever:

But certainly the winter and spring provided ample cause for Obama to be cheerful. The rising poll numbers. The signs of life in the economy. The anniversary of Bin Laden’s death. And best of all was the sight of a spectacle that would quicken the pulse and gladden the heart of any Democrat in possession of both: the spastic goat rodeo that was the Republican nomination contest.

Joe Biden is a more of a danger alive than dead

Daily Beast

Joe Biden is a more of a danger alive than dead…according to Osama bin Laden who refused to add Biden to his hit list.

In targeting Obama for assassination, the terrorist mastermind suggested Biden should be left to take over because he would lead the U.S. ‘into a crisis.’ The Veep has been ridiculed by many, but to be so dissed by al Qaeda is cold.

You know your image management has taken a wrong turn somewhere along the way when, as vice president of the United States, you’re not even considered worth killing by al Qaeda. Such is the ongoing indignity of being Joe Biden.

“Obama is the head of infidelity and killing him automatically will make Biden take over the presidency for the remainder of the term, as it is the norm over there. Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the US into a crisis.”

Yowza. It’s one thing to have the Republican opposition deriding you as a buffoon or certain members of your own party grumbling that maybe you should be bumped from the ticket. But when the world’s most famous terrorist is plotting to bring down America by putting you in charge? That’s just cold.

Quote of the Day

Republican presidential candidates have said President Obama practices “appeasement” when it comes to foreign policy.

At the White House a short time ago, Barack Obama had this response:

“Ask Osama bin Laden and the 22 out of 30 top al-Qaida leaders who’ve been taken off the field whether I engage in appeasement. Or whoever’s left out there. Ask them about that.”