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DISHONORABLE DISCLOSURES

When Osama bin Laden was killed, I gave a modicum of credit to Barack bin Obama for authorizing the hit.  I was wrong; he didn’t deserve a whit.  How much credit do you give a burglar for using a comfortable rope to tie up his victim?

It has come out since that he denied the operation more than once before finally allowing it.  In his rhetoric he repeatedly took the credit for having accomplished the feat but he did not initiate it; he did not plan it and he did not carry it out.  President Bush initiated the search; our military carried it out. It just happened on Obama’s watch and all he did was try to stop it and even in that, he failed (thankfully).

All of that is manifestation of political opportunism,  poor judgement and lack of respect for those who risk their lives for the rest of us.  It gets worse, much worse.  Watch the video.  It’s not short, so allow time for it.

BIN LADEN’S SUCCESSOR ANNOUNCED

Al Qaeda representatives have said an Egyptian named Saif al-Adel will be appointed interim head of the terrorist organization. Al Zawahiri has been the presumed successor so the news is a surprise.

Zawahiri was mentioned by CNN in their report, along with the Taliban leader Mullah Omar, as contenders for permanent successors.

BIN LADEN, THE MAN WHO FELL FROM HIS HORSE

From the U.K. Daily Mail
Mastermind of terror… or a doddery old fool?

The idealistic portrait of the guerilla leader secluded in his lair turns out to be an illusion. Footage of Osama Bin Laden’s life inside his shabby Abbottabad compound might have come from a care home in Hastings.

There he sits, in a woolly cap and brown blanket, silently rocking to and fro in front of a small TV.

We got it right in our post Al Zawahiri Is Al Qaeda. The once mighty man who sat astride a strong horse lost his power when his money ran out.

The Daily Mail sees two opposing messages coming from the United States: (1) Osama was a mastermind in charge of al Qaeda until his death, (2) the image of Osama as a fierce and competent leader was nothing but a myth.

It is an interesting article, well worth reading in its entirety.

AL ZAWAHIRI IS AL QAEDA

Our studies led us to conclude several years go that Osama bin Laden has played little role in directing the operations of al Qaeda since being driven from Afghanistan by the U.S military. Now we have learned, perhaps it would be better to say – now we have been told – there were no telephone or cable connections between his modest home in Pakistan and the outside world. Cell phones were banned from existence anywhere in the compound. Further we have been told, bin Laden had never ventured outside of the house in more than five years.

Directing a vast organization like al Qaeda requires constant communication. It cannot be run by carrier pigeon or an occasional courier. Furthermore, should a friend or rival seek to wrest control, it would be impossible to prevent while confined to sitting in an armchair at home.

Ayman al Zawahiri is a clever operator who usurped power from a partner before he joined Osama’s al Qaeda. He has proven himself to be a wise director of clandestine terrorist operations. He is quite unlike Osama, who was was a softly spoken, albeit very radical, Islamist with a lot of money. Osama was born into one of the wealthiest and most respected families in the Arab world. However, His primary contribution to al Qaeda was as a fundraiser. His personal wealth was limited when compared to what he was able to raise from others.

When Osama was still in his teens, his radicalism became a concern within his own family and to some in the ruling Saudi family as well. As his activities grew he became persona non grata in his homeland, in Egypt and the Sudan. He had become a “hot potato” that no one nation wanted, not even President Clinton when the Sudanese offered him up. That was before 911, of course. He finally found acceptance in a country run by an equally radical leader, Muhammad Omar, head of the Taliban and in control of Afghanistan at the time.

But bin Laden’s money was running out and so was his effectiveness as a fundraiser. His greatest value to the terrorist organization he founded was always his wealth and his fame. By the time he was driven from Afghanistan, by the U.S. military, all that was left was his fame. Al Zawahiri went from de facto leader of al Qaeda to absolute leader in fact. Bin Laden’s name and mystique were preserved with an occasional release of a video tape. Also, judging by the glimpse we’ve had of the furnishings of his home for the last several years, it appears he was no longer given much respect even by his one-time second in command.

Justice was done with the execution of the man responsible for the atrocity we call “911”. We killed a Muslim hero, but we did not assassinate the leader of al Qaeda.