Archive for February, 2008

A Defining Moment for America

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Military Affairs

2 February 2008: Obviously the American military chain of command runs from the POTUS, President George W. Bush, who as Commander-In-Chief (CINC) has below him the SECDEF, Deputy SECDEF and so on the through Pentagon and the rest of the U.S. Armed Forces command structure, right down to the grunt private, boot-on-the-ground, combat soldier in Afghanistan.

We have seen what happened to the pre-eminent Pentagon expert on Islam, Maj. (USAR) Stephen Coughlin. Yes, everything related to this topic will ultimately come back to Maj. Coughlin and his thesis because, well, read on, it’s quite obvious…

A few key excerpts from Diana West’s “A defining moment” in Friday’s Washington Times follow.

“Among the principles Mr. Bush said we hold dear, we would undoubtedly include the freedom of religion. Going back to Mr. Bush’s terminology, which “terrorists” oppose this freedom? One answer is al Qaeda and the Taliban, which the president pointed out we are still fighting in Afghanistan. But so, recent events confirm, does Afghanistan itself oppose religious freedom, which the president didn’t mention at all.”

Diana then astutely brings up the case of Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh. The 23-year old Afghan man in the image above. In October 2007 Sayed was arrested and charged with blasphemy by an Afghan court in the northern Balkh Province because he downloaded information from the internet deemed “offensive to Islam.” In Islam blasphemy carries a death sentence. The Balkh Provincial attorney general has warned other journalists and students that they too will be arrested and charged if they voice support for Sayed.

I don’t know about you, but I call this nonsense ‘religious based totalitarianism.’ Islamofascism in other words. American troops and those of our NATO allies have placed the current Afghan government of Hamid Karzai in power. As Diana West points out “Afghanistan’s senate this week endorsed his death sentence. The senate’s statement … was signed by senate leader Sibghatullah Mujaddedi, a close ally of President Hamid Karzai.”

This is an Afghanistan government installed by and under the protection of American and NATO combat troops. We are shedding our blood and spending our treasure for the reimposition of radical Islamic Shari’a law upon the people of Afghanistan?

Here comes the defining momment from Diana:

“After all, we’re supposed to fight “terrorists” on behalf of peoples who, on liberation, are expected to join us in our “defining ideological struggle” to fight “terrorists.” But how do we handle mounting evidence that the peoples we have assisted find themselves in greater sympathy with the Islamic ideology driving the “terrorists” than with our own?”

Diana, I understand exactly what this means. This is an indictment of the “Current Approach” which is America’s lack of a coherent warfighting doctrine exactly as called for by Major Coughlin in his thesis, a thesis which he prefaced by citing the comments of Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Peter Pace (USMC) in his 2005 keynote speech at the National Defense University:

“To talk about how we are going to proceed, we need to understand the nature of the enemy. And clearly, the nature of this enemy is different than any we have faced in the past …. Our enemies had declared war on us years before, but the attacks in New York, in the skies over Pennsylvania and here in Washington, D.C. brought home very clearly to us that we were at war.”

America was the critical element which destroyed the Islamofascist Taliban regime in Afghaistan only to establish in its place an government in Afghanistan which is based upon the exact same Islamic Shari’a law or ‘Umdat al Salik we threw outwith the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

This is insanity. Sheer mindbending madness. No wonder President Bush could not or would not utter the world “Islamic” or “Islamist” in his recent SOTU speech. Apparently the American government has adopted the “Peter Pan Plan” (i.e.: “You just think happy thoughts. They lift you into the air.”) in its prosecution of this war. It guarantees our defeat over there, as well as here at home. The grunt private, boot-on-the-ground, combat soldier in Afghanistan knows this, but he’s not allowed to say so. So, it’s up to us to say it for him.

Reports: Top Al Qaeda commander killed in Pakistan

1 February 2008: Top al Qaeda terrorist leader Abu Laith al-Libi, the nom de guerre of an Islamic terrorist from Libya who has been involved with al Qaeda and the Taliban since the late 1980s, was reportedly killed in a U.S. air strike earlier this week. Al-Libi, reported to be in his early to mid-forties, evolved into an important operational asset for al Qaeda, especially in Afghanistan.

allibi20080201Pictured at left, al-Libi was one reportedly one of 13 al Qaeda operatives present at a compound located two miles outside of Mir Ali, the second biggest town in North Waziristan - a mountainous region of northwest Pakistan.

According to a senior U.S. intelligence official interviewed yesterday by the Northeast Intelligence Network “human intelligence assets placed al-Libi at the al Qaeda compound along with other targets of opportunity, including Obaidah al Masri.” Information obtained from this source, who declined to be identified for the purpose of this article, stated that “there is a high level of certainty that we got him” (referring to al-Libi). It remains unknown whether the strike successfully took out al Masri as well.

Al-Libi was one of the top six al Qaeda leaders, according to a classified US Central Intelligence Agency “wanted list.” He was most recently noted for his leadership role in the February 2007 homicide bombing outside the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan during a visit by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney - an attack that killed 23 people.

U.S. intelligence agents reportedly find letters from Osama bin Laden

1 February 2008: According to information circulating in intelligence circles and being reported by some Arab media sources, U.S. intelligence officials recovered at least five letters bearing the signature and official seal of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The letters, each handwritten in Arabic, were reportedly found mixed with other documents, including bomb-making instructional materials, during a raid on an Islamic compound located in a remote border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan. All of the correspondence was dated last December and each appeared to be addressed to bin Laden followers operating in that area.

One of the letters was reportedly addressed to Mansoor Dadallah, an Islamic terrorist in Helmand, a southern province of Afghanistan. In the letter, Bin Laden reportedly offers condolences to Dadallah for the death of his brother, Mullah Dadallah, a Taliban leader who was killed last year in a US air strike. Following his brother’s death, Mansoor Dadullah appeared on Al-Jazeera television and claimed that he had received a letter from Bin Laden. The letter addressed to Dadullah also urges the Taliban to increase their attacks against NATO troops deployed in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan.