June 24, 2009


U.S. Drone Strike Said to Kill 60 in Pakistan (PIR ZUBAIR SHAH and SALMAN MASOOD, 6/24/09, NY Times)

An airstrike believed to have been carried out by a United States drone killed at least 60 people at a funeral for a Taliban fighter in South Waziristan on Tuesday, residents of the area and local news reports said.

Details of the attack, which occurred in Makeen, remained unclear, but the reported death toll was exceptionally high. If the reports are indeed accurate and if the attack was carried out by a drone, the strike could be the deadliest since the United States began using the aircraft to fire remotely guided missiles at members of the Taliban and Al Qaeda in the tribal areas of Pakistan. The United States carried out 22 previous drone strikes this year, as the Obama administration has intensified a policy inherited from the Bush administration.

Finally got to see the Liam Neeson flick, Taken. It makes a few assumptions about the viewers that are revealing as one considers the WoT.

* The CIA hard men are the heroes.

* The folks back home don't even realize that.

* The Europeans are either useless or actually complicit with the bad guys.

* Not only is torture utilized by the good guy but it is quite effective.

* Once the good guy locates the wrong-doers, everyone surrounding them is fair game as well.

* And, most importantly, it's a 90 minute advertisement for the Time Zone Rule.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 24, 2009 7:41 AM
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