Friday, February 13, 2009

Thanks, Dianne

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A senior U.S. lawmaker said Thursday that unmanned CIA Predator aircraft operating in Pakistan are flown from an airbase inside that country, a revelation likely to embarrass the Pakistani government and complicate its counterterrorism collaboration with the United States.

The disclosure by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, marked the first time a U.S. official had publicly commented on where the Predator aircraft patrolling Pakistan take off and land.

At a hearing, Feinstein expressed surprise at Pakistani opposition to the ongoing campaign of Predator-launched CIA missile strikes against Al Qaeda targets along Pakistan's northwest border.

"As I understand it, these are flown out of a Pakistani base," she said of the planes.

The basing of the pilotless aircraft in Pakistan suggests a much deeper relationship with the United States on counterterrorism matters than has been publicly acknowledged. Such an arrangement would be at odds with protests lodged by officials in Islamabad and could inflame anti-American sentiment in the country. . . .

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Message to Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and America’s other enemies: There’s still plenty of time to send Feinstein Valentine flowers and cards.

Hat tip: AC


Anonymous said...

When these things happening I can't help wonder how our nation has survived as long as it has. People who think the US will endure no matter what, are fools.

Ken said...

Feinstein is an idiot, who lives for three things. First to shovel government money at her husband. Second to produce enough pork to buy reelection. And third, to protect and promote abortion.

Sadly, she's the better of our two Senators.

Anonymous said...

Members of certain committees of the congress are given access to some highly classified information with the explicit understanding that the information cannot be revealed to unauthorized persons. Jerks like Feinstein selectively leak information for political purposes and there is absolutely nothing that can be done to punish them. Nor can their access be denied.
Those of us who honored and respected our oaths to secrecy have unbridled contempt for Feinstein and her ilk.
Feinstein's better than Boxer like syphillis is better than chlamydia.
Tarheel Hawkeye

Anonymous said...

And the Senate wonders why any administration has difficulties with its (the White House) foreign policy. It only takes a moron to realize that governments often need to have deniability on sensitive matters (for insistence Paki cooperation with the US in the war on terror) with its neighbors. But, when goo-goos like Feinstein feel a compulsion to spill information that should be kept underwraps then both our foreign policy and the government of any nation coopertaing with the US suffers. How in God's name will any progresss be made in the Middle East if anything discussed between the various parties (or for that matter, information about meetings) is revealed while negotiations are ongoing?

Anonymous said...

Ken - don't feel too badly, the two senators that purport to represent the great state of Ohio are not any better.