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Mr. President, trading Taliban prisoners we would have to release soon anyway for an American prisoner is one thing, but just giving the same group that was holding that American high-tech American weapons just days later?

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Ten militants wiped out by a U.S. drone attack early Thursday were members of the feared Haqqani network that kidnapped U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a senior Taliban source said.

Among the dead were two senior Haqqani commanders known as “Qari Yar Jan” and “Roohullah,” the source told NBC News on the condition of anonymity...

The militants were in two trucks carrying arms and ammunition - including explosives – close to the Afghan border in North Waziristan when one of the vehicles developed engine trouble. When the convoy stopped to fix the fault, the U.S. drone fired missiles, the source said.

It doesn't say how many missiles we gave them, but the use of the plural makes me suspect there were at least two, probably Hellfires.

But wait, it gets worse:

The 10 were killed in Tabi Tolkhel, the same Pakistan village where six other suspected militants were targeted in another U.S. drone strike only a few hours earlier.

A Pakistani military source told NBC News that six militants killed in the first strike included four from Uzbekistan. On Wednesday, the Taliban said Uzbek militants had aided Sunday night’s deadly gun battle at Karachi airport that left at least 36 dead.

Together, Thursday’s drone strikes were the first in North Waziristan since Christmas Day, Pakistan officials said.


Assuming two missiles in that exchange, that makes AT LEAST 4 Hellfire missiles the Kenyan Muslim Athiest from Indonesia just gave to the very people who were holding Bergdahl!

We need a vote on repealing Obamacare immediately.


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  •  Urinal/Spittoon (23+ / 0-)

    Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

    by The Baculum King on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 12:54:40 AM PDT

    •  LOL (6+ / 0-)

      It's crazy, right?

      We cached a bunch of weapons with the incompetent Iraqi army (devoid of its best minds, thanks to GWB's stupid selections for ranking men in his admin) and -- guess what? -- the insurrectionists have found the caches (doh!) and stolen the weapons...meanwhile the Iraqi army, under orders, is melting away.

      And this is Obama's fault how?

      War of choice. GWB the Incompetent and his Second in Incompetence. Set it ALL up.

      Those motherfuckers should have been tried in The Hague for crimes against humanity. Obama gave them a break. His mistake: I'd love to see them jailed for the rest of their lives just for making the U.S. a rogue state. Oh, and for torture. Which is just another aspect of rogue state.

      English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

      by Youffraita on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 01:15:27 AM PDT

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  •  I recommend adding a snark tag. (7+ / 0-)

    Good stuff.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)
    This message will self-destruct upon arrival in the NSA archives in Utah.

    by MTmofo on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 01:20:09 AM PDT

  •  Here's what the most darkly amusing (12+ / 0-)

    thing is, for me, about this whole Bergdahl affair:

    First of all, who died and made Republican politicians the judge and jury in a court martial? If Sgt Bergdahl broke the law, a court martial is the proper forum to determine that, not Boehner's fever-dreams.

    Secondly, even if we assume that it's been indisputably proven that Sgt Bergdahl deserted, since when the fuck has America outsourced sanctioning of its troops to America's enemies. I was under the impression that sanctions should be determined by that same court martial, not some bearded islamists hiding in a cave somewhere.

    Iuris praecepta sunt haec: Honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere. - Ulpian, Digestae 1, 3

    by Dauphin on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 01:29:24 AM PDT

    •  "Desertion" Will Never Stick (8+ / 0-)

      A necessary element of a desertion charge is a demonstrated intent to leave and not come back, which I think will remain lacking because it looks to me like he had wandered off before.

      His "Squad Leader" is clearly guilty of a gross dereliction of duty in not keeping track of the whereabouts of ALL his troops in a combat zone. Absolutely inexcusable, and may apply to his Platoon Sergeant as well.

      It sounds like this was one shitty outfit with little effective command and control.

      Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

      by The Baculum King on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 01:34:47 AM PDT

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    •  It is very frustrating to lawmakers, (2+ / 0-)
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      anon004, blueoasis

      especially scofflaw lawmakers, who have no intention of following the law themselves, that law making does not come with the power to actually enforce the law. Law enforcement is an executive function. Even the judiciary, which law makers get to help select, has no enforcement powers. Enforcement lies with the body selected by the electorate for its supposed administrative expertise.
      This arrangement has the advantage of letting individuals who have no clue as to how anything gets done have input as to what they want. Clearly, there are a lot of those around. The electorate's failure to recognize that incompetence is rampant is a problem, but one we can correct if we throw the scofflaw malcontents out.

      by hannah on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 02:34:48 AM PDT

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  •  Are we celebrating slaughtering people now? (3+ / 0-)

    These people were (probably) bad folks but are we going to start turning the slaughter of human beings by remotely operated drones into an opportunity to gleefully poke fun at wingnuttery? That's a bridge too far for me.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 03:36:40 AM PDT

    •  If it helps any (1+ / 0-)
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      The trucks that were destroyed along with the 10 humans contained weapons that would have almost certainly have been used to kill other humans who may or may not have had the ability to defend themselves. While not personally feeling gleeful at the loss of another's life, it does strike me that those in the truck probably had no difficulty killing other humans, and suffering sleeplessness due to their acts.

      F--- Scott & Fitzgerald

      by henlesloop on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 04:10:34 AM PDT

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    •  Would you have celebrated victory at Midway? (2+ / 0-)
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      lordcopper, emelyn

      "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

      by zenbassoon on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 06:59:09 AM PDT

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  •  Silly Obama, (1+ / 0-)
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    He should have figured out a way to sell them the missiles first.

    "I was so easy to defeat, I was so easy to control, I didn't even know there was a war." -9.75, -8.41

    by RonV on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 04:26:41 AM PDT

    •  Reagan gave Jalaluddin Haqqani Stinger missiles (1+ / 0-)
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      Meteor Blades

      and other financial and military support, both covert and overt under Operation Cyclone - the longest and most expensive CIA operation originally started under Carter in 1979. Jalaluddin Haqqani was a CIA asset who was trained and encouraged to fight against the Soviet Union which was occupying Afghanistan.

      His son, Sirajuddin Haqqani, has followed in his father's footsteps to fight against the latest occupiers of Afghanistan.

      What goes around, comes around.

  •  Quick lets hold a hearing (0+ / 0-)

    on Obama giving weapons to the enemy let waste more time and money on Republican hysteria and foolishness all because the President is hold on to your hats a black man

    Dogs and Philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards (Diogenes)

    by Out There on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 04:34:41 AM PDT

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