October 5, 2013
OUR UNILATERALIST HAWK OF A PRESIDENT:
U.S. Says Navy SEALs Stage Raid on Somali Militants (NICHOLAS KULISH and ERIC SCHMITT, 10/04/13, NY Times)
A Navy SEAL team targeted a senior leader of the Shabab militant group in a raid on his seaside villa in the Somali town of Baraawe on Saturday, American officials said, in response to a deadly attack on a Nairobi shopping mall for which the group had claimed responsibility.The SEAL team stealthily approached the beachfront house by sea, firing on the unidentified target in a predawn gunbattle that was the most significant raid by American troops on Somali soil since commandos killed Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a Qaeda mastermind, near the same town four years ago.The Shabab leader was believed to have been killed in the firefight, but the SEALS were forced to withdraw before that could be confirmed, a senior American official said. Such operations by American forces are rare because they carry a high risk, and indicate that the target was considered a high priority. Baraawe, a small port town south of Mogadishu, the Somali capital, is known as a gathering place for the Shabab's foreign fighters.
Of all the things about the Obama presidency that will confuse historians, none will perplex them more than his Nobel Peace Prize.Posted by Orrin Judd at October 5, 2013 3:39 PM