Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pakistan Arrested the Informants in Bin Laden Raid.

Pakistan’s top military spy agency has arrested some of the Pakistani informants who fed information to the Central Intelligence Agency in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, according to American officials. Pakistan’s detention of five C.I.A. informants, including a Pakistani Army major who officials said copied the license plates of cars visiting Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in the weeks before the raid, is the latest evidence of the fractured relationship between the United States and Pakistan. It comes at a time when the Obama administration is seeking Pakistan’s support in brokering an endgame in the war in neighboring Afghanistan.
The fate of the C.I.A. informants arrested in Pakistan is unclear, but American officials said that the C.I.A. director, Leon E. Panetta, raised the issue when he travelled to Islamabad last week to meet with Pakistani military and intelligence officers.

Some in Washington see the arrests as illustrative of the disconnect between Pakistani and American priorities at a time when they are supposed to be allies in the fight against Al Qaeda — instead of hunting down the support network that allowed Bin Laden to live comfortably for years, the Pakistani authorities are arresting those who assisted in the raid that killed the world’s most wanted man.

The Bin Laden raid and more recent attacks by militants in Pakistan have been blows to the country’s military, a revered institution in the country. Some officials and outside experts said the military is mired in its worst crisis of confidence in decades.

American officials cautioned that Mr. Morell’s comments about Pakistani support was a snapshot of the current relationship, and did not represent the administration’s overall assessment.

“We have a strong relationship with our Pakistani counterparts and work through issues when they arise,” said Marie E. Harf, a C.I.A. spokeswoman. “Director Panetta had productive meetings last week in Islamabad. It’s a crucial partnership, and we will continue to work together in the fight against Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups who threaten our country and theirs.”

So much for them as our allies. But we should have known that, they are a Muslim country and will never take sides with us against their own kind.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Get this bum Anthony Weiner out of here !

Once again I turn on the news and watch another politician vehemently denying any involvement in a salacious scandal, blaming others, acting indignant -- and then, when confronted with the truth, having a tearful mea culpa. At least this time, the wife had the good sense not to stand by his side.
  Anthony Weiner has proved that he is skillful at mendacity and being a serial sexual predator. Is this stupid and immature man  the person that voters want to represent their interests? There seems to be a genetic defect in many of these politicians lately, namely character. What happened to men with values and decency?  Weiner said he lied because he was embarrassed and wanted to protect his family. No, I'm sorry but  he lied because he thought he could get away with it.
I find it even more incredible that Weiner still feels he should remain in office, and refuses to step down. When a politician is more interested in shooting photos of his reproductive organs and sending them across the Internet to young women, one really has to question not only his value system but his judgment.