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  •  The same was said about AQ. And it's true. (1+ / 0-)
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    annecros

    We're repeating exactly the same errors of cooperation with terrorist groups backed by hostile partners that we committed before 9/11 - it's called blowback.

    It will get worse before it gets better.

    •  It's all shifting sands. Militants won't go away (1+ / 0-)
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      What's wrong with this post is the implication that we could have stopped this attack from happening by doing drone strikes in Libya.

      That's pretty fucked up.

      Drone strikes in Libya could turn the population against us.

      look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

      by FishOutofWater on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 07:03:44 AM PDT

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      •  The point isn't drones, it's safehaven for AQ (0+ / 0-)

        in Libya that have been apparently been treated according to a more permissive set of rules.

        I agree there are other factors at work here behind the decision to not use drones in Libya up to this point.  Undoubtedly, there are concerns about the appearance of expanding US military operations in Libya, and about further destabilization of the new regime in Tripoli.  But, why are we dealing with AQ in Libya differently from Yemen, Afghanistan, and Pakistani?  

        Here's a related question: why is there no apparent effort to hunt AQ cells as they transit through Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey on their way into Syria?  

        The answers have to do with the policy of regime change.  We have been conducting regime change operations in Libya and Syria, and the use of drones in one, someone apparently thought, might interfere with the execution of the other mission.   These layers of complexity entail risk, and sometimes risk has costs.

        •  More imaginations (0+ / 0-)
          Here's a related question: why is there no apparent effort to hunt AQ cells as they transit through Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey on their way into Syria?
          You are aware of the overt and covert operations underway by the Jordanian, Lebanese, Israeli, Turkish, US, and Iraq governments ... how?
          •  Because AQ is manifestly in Syria, and there has (0+ / 0-)

            been no mention of any particular obstacles being placed in the way of their transit to that destination by any of the states you mentioned.

            Just as there was no particular effort to block the entry of Jihadists into Bosnia and Kosovo.  In fact, just like Syria, we facilitated and aided the foreign fighters there, some of whom went on to kill 3,000 Americans on 9/11/01.

            History has a way of repeating itself for those who repeat their mistakes.

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