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Al-Qaida Analysis: Election Year Edition

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Posted on May 30, 2008
Michael Hayden
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Hayden, well known for his role in the NSA’s infamous wiretapping program, was appointed director of the CIA in 2006.

Only a year after his agency warned of a resurgence of al-Qaida in the Arab world, CIA Director Michael Hayden remarked on Friday that U.S. “counter-terrorism work” has led to the strategic defeat of al-Qaida in Iraq and Saudi Arabia and significant setbacks for al-Qaida globally.

The announcement, coming five months before the U.S. presidential election, may play an important role in the way voters see the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the so-called war on terror.


The BBC:

The head of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has said al-Qaeda is essentially defeated in Iraq and Saudi Arabia, and on the defensive elsewhere.

Michael Hayden’s remarks, which correspondents describe as strikingly upbeat, come less than a year after the CIA warned of a resurgent al-Qaeda.

He told the Washington Post that US counter-terrorism successes extended to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

“On balance, we are doing pretty well,” said the CIA director. “Near strategic defeat of al-Qaeda in Iraq. Near strategic defeat of al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia. Significant setbacks for al-Qaeda globally.”

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By purplewolf, June 1, 2008 at 10:09 am Link to this comment

Cyrena and Felicity, one of the reasons that we didn’t have the levels of rape in the decades past may have been what was being fed to our military people. My father was in the navy, as well as my uncle in the 50’s and they said all the food was laced with saltpeter, everything. That suppresses those sexual urges. I haven’t heard of them using it much since then.

Knowing how backward and twisted this administration is, they are probably now lacing the food with Viagra.

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By cyrena, June 1, 2008 at 2:10 am Link to this comment

P.T.

I suppose there’s a long answer and a short answer here, though I only had time to read the piece pretty superficially.

But…the language creates the problem, since feminist and extremist in terms of Islam is sort of an oxymoron, or at least a major paradox.

These women are described as fundamentalists just as al-Qaeda are fundamentalists. (The Wahabbists of the religion, which means they are the extremists…NOT mainstream Islam, which DOES have a feminist movement, but it’s NOT extremist).

So, if these are in fact fundamentalist women who incorporate the Wahhabist extremism, then it’s beyond me why they wouldn’t already accept the ideology that doesn’t allow for women in combat type environments.

A real ‘feminist’ wouldn’t even be involved in such an ideology. That’s why at least one of bin Laden’s wifves divorced him, or maybe I should say that he allowed her a divorce. A few of his wives have been intellectuals and scholars, (allowed by even the fundamentalists, but they aren’t allowed to DO anything with the knowledge once they’ve gained it). So THEY might be considered ‘feminists’ at least in terms of Islam.

But if these women who are allegedly fundamentalists actually wanna join the group to fight, then that’s sort of hard to reconcile. That’s not to say that there aren’t Islamic fundamentalists among the female population…like the fashion police force in Iran. It’s a female force that basically polices the appearances of the female population, citing and sometimes punishing them for violations like too much make-up, or failure to wear the appropriate coverings in public. (like the tunics that the women have to wear over their jeans or whatever..it has to be long enough to cover their hips). And, those ladies are mean. They don’t mess around. Of course they’re not different than a few of the nuns that I encountered in my own formative years. (no patent leather shoes with the uniform…on accout of the boys might be able to use them as a reflection to look up our skirts..and you always wondered why so many Catholics were neurotic).

But anyway, you get my point. None of these women would even consider joining al-Qaeda. So, I don’t know what the deal is here.

Interesting though.

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By cyrena, June 1, 2008 at 1:31 am Link to this comment

Ya know Felicity, I HAVE heard this about the testosterone, which is why I decided a while back, that the only legitimate purpose for the stuff, (testosterone that is) is to use for women suffering from hormonal imbalances that can lead to dysfunctional uterine bleeding, which can in fact be fatal if not addressed and caught immediately. (yes, I think it’s a fairly rare condition, but it still takes lives…testosterone actually helps the condition).

Anyway, that’s the only thing I think it’s good for. smile

But, that does make sense about the history of wars, and about the rapes as well. Now that would mean that maybe women should be fighting these wars (when they are absolutely necessary) except of course that I’m not interested. (I can figure out better ways to win wars then getting all busted up - like before they get to the ‘physical’ level).

On the rape part though, that’s something to consider, because the psych folks have long ago categorized it as a crime of rage, or similar aggression, and I’m trying to give some weight to that in the thesis that I actually am working on…regarding Genocide. In genocide, rape is used as a weapon of war, or another terror tactic. In that respect, it is distinctively different than the rapes that these soldiers have been committing throughout the history of their occupations of places like Japan, or even in the rapes of civilians in Iraq. (something else that has been kept mostly off of the front pages).

I don’t really know how to answer for the rapes of so many female troops by their own fellow members of the same military, other than to say that it seems distinctly ‘American’. Israel has compulsory military service for females as well as the male population, and they don’t seem to have this going on in their own ranks. It also doesn’t seem to have been as MUCH of an issue with our own military in decades past, even though the difference there, was that there weren’t that many females actually in combat. Still, I don’t know.

But, thanks for the tip. I don’t know if I’ll be able to work it into my current stuff, since that involves more of an analysis of why the 60 year old Treaty/Convention on Genocide has failed so miserably. But of course that isn’t the only part of the UN Conventions that have failed miserably. There are ALL KINDS of crimes against humanity continuing to occur with impunity. It would appear that I’ve chosen a rather depressing field of inquiry, eh?

But, I still think it’s better than cowering in the rabbit hole or embracing “Oprah’s Secret” knowing that reality could intrude when I least expect it. Better to just go ahead and face the dragon. I figure somebody has to, and I’m not doing anything else of any monumental value, so I might as well hang-out with the dragon-slayer wannabes. smile

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By P. T., May 31, 2008 at 12:21 pm Link to this comment

Women are complaining that Al-Qaida won’t let them join.  Do the women have a point, or they feminist extremists?  Click http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080531/ap_on_re_mi_ea/al_qaida_s_women

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By felicity, May 31, 2008 at 7:18 am Link to this comment

Cyrena, did you know that testosterone levels in males increase when they fight?  Someone could probably write a whole thesis on the premise that there is a connection between testosterone and -  mankind’s history of constant wars, or why armies rape, or why men get-off on military stuff, or why violent contact sports are so popular, or…(I’ve always called Super-Bowl-Sunday Testosterone-Sunday.)

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By jatihoon, May 31, 2008 at 6:11 am Link to this comment

Only thing country knows about al-Qaida is, “a fruit grown in middle east, nurtured and watered by Saudhi monies, trained in Pakistan/Afganistan and exported world wide”.Bush thought it was planted in Iraq and they are still well established. Will Gen. Hayden clarify ,and eliminate the inconsistencies, are they talking about the same poisonous fruit, organization or movement.

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By cyrena, May 31, 2008 at 5:27 am Link to this comment

Yes on the tautology Felicity,
“We must stay in Iraq in order to defeat those who do not want us in Iraq..”

And…THAT would be the…IRAQIS!


Iraqis Protest Against US Military Deal
Friday 30 May 2008

by: Agence France-Presse

  Thousands of supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr demonstrated in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq after Friday prayers to denounce a government deal with Washington on US troop levels. Followers of the anti-US cleric brandished placards outside mosques in their Sadr City Shiite stronghold in the capital as security forces stepped up their presence there.

  A key member of the Sadrist movement, Sheikh Mohannad Al-Gazawi, denounced the proposed deal that will extend the US troop presence in Iraq beyond 2008.

  “This agreement binds Iraq and gives 99 percent of the country to America,” he said.

  The faithful carried placards slamming “the disastrous agreement that tears Iraq apart and gives in to the occupying power.” Another said: “This agreement surrenders the sovereignty of Iraq.”

http://www.truthout.org/

And oh yeah…we’re spending that one trillion a year to defeat those Iraqis who don’t want us in Iraq.

And oh yeah, we’re also shedding tons and tons of blood over there as well..OURS, and THEIRS…to defeat those Iraqis who don’t want us in Iraq, where our troops don’t want to be anyway.

Some of them die over there and come back in boxes to their permanent homes in places like Arlington Memorial Cermetary. (That’s where my 23 year old Goddaughter is now, except by now she would be 25). But 3 years ago, she was graduating at the top of her class at West Point.

Then there are the others who DO come back physically alive, except that they commit suicide, as they are doing by the hundreds now, but the VA isn’t letting that information out much. (we have to pry for it.)

And then there is the rape problem…seems to happen   wherever our troops are, and now includes our own female troops as well. According to Ret. Colonel Ann Wright, (who’s been working tirelessly at this since leaving her job in disapproval of this war when it was launched, and being appropriately punished as are most others who have done the same) 1 in 3 of our own female troops are being raped by their fellow service members. 

Rape Hobbles Bush Administration Policies
Monday 26 May 2008

by: Ann Wright, t r u t h o u t | Perspective

“The Rape of a 14 year old girl in Okinawa by a US Marine has set off a political firestorm. Sexual assaults and rapes by US military in Japan lead to a major international incident.

  One would hope that behavior that requires the “regrets” of the president of the United States and the secretary of state and the stand-down of United States military forces for “reflection” and retraining in ethics and leadership would be punished severely enough to send a clear signal that the behavior will not be tolerated.

  Yet the history of sexual assault and rape of women around US military bases, particularly in Okinawa, reveals a military institutional acceptance of this criminal behavior and a lack of enforcement of military regulations against such behavior by senior military officers.

  Many in Okinawa and in the United States are watching the US military’s response to the latest rapes and sexual assaults to see if this pattern will change”

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“…Sexual assault and rape of women in countries where US military forces are stationed must be stopped, as must the rape of one in three women in the US military by their fellow military service members.”

I tried to include the link to this, but the response says it’s blacklisted. Indeed, this practice SHOULD be, eh?

Meantime, I still think bin Laden is dead.

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By Greg Bacon, May 31, 2008 at 4:33 am Link to this comment

SITE red-faced as Islamist ‘Washington ruin’ image turns out to be from Fallout 3 game

This image of Washington after a nuclear holocaust, which a US intelligence group claimed showed the ambition of Islamic extremist terrorists, was actually lifted from a computer game.

The SITE Intelligence Group said that the image, showing a ruined Capitol Building in Washington, was created by extremists as part of discussions about the feasibility of nuclear strikes against the US and Britain.

The images appeared in a video, called Nuclear Jihad: The Ultimate Terror, posted on two password-protected websites, al-Ekhlass and al-Hesbah, believed to be affiliated with al-Qa’eda.

SITE also released translated several chatroom threads from al-Ekhlass and al-Hesbah, discussing the possibility of nuclear attacks on the West.

—MORE—
Related

Bin Laden says ‘September 11 is about Israel’?

*** Rita Katz’s Jewish Media Group, SITE, release the latest “al-Qaeda” recording***

http://mparent7777-1.livejournal.com/314184.html

Just don’t try and find this story at the original link on the UK’s Telegraph, since the story was pushed down the Memory Hole within a couple of hours of appearing.

This is your aL-Qaeda, a joint creation of the MOSSAD and CIA, used when they needed to spread fear and disinformation to keep us huddled masses crying out to be protected from the aL-Qaeda “boogieman.”

Hayden’s just another political whore, selling his soul to gain favor with the Bush/Cheney Junta.

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By Gla, May 31, 2008 at 12:42 am Link to this comment
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LIES LIES LIES LIES >>>> PROVE IT

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By cyrena, May 30, 2008 at 11:12 pm Link to this comment

Iran doesn’t have nukes, though Iran is surrounded by nations that DO have them. (Pakistan and India..as mentioned above). 

Maybe it is YOU who should get a clue…or at least a world map.

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By Fathoms, May 30, 2008 at 9:36 pm Link to this comment

Need I say more? . . .

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By msgmi, May 30, 2008 at 7:12 pm Link to this comment
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Hayden’s crystal ball is sending out smoke signals of al Qaeda’s demise? I am amazed with the director’s sudden reversal from his assessment of 6-months ago. Another GW team player gives MCain a subtle boost.

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By cyrena, May 30, 2008 at 5:14 pm Link to this comment

Don, I think it’s the latter…they’re lying. They lied to create this gang into a ‘big bad monster’ and now they’re just lying to say that it’s gone away.

If memory serves me, it was about 3 years ago when Cheney told us that they were in their ‘last throes’ in Iraq, even though they had never been in Iraq until we attacked Iraq.

They’ve been lying from day one. First they create an ‘enemy’ and then they say that it’s in the last throes, and then they say that the same enemy has done a ‘come-back’ and now they’re gone again. They just drag out al-Qaeda whenever they need the fear prop.

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By Marc, May 30, 2008 at 4:57 pm Link to this comment
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“The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it.” 

Dr. Joseph Mengele

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By desertdude, May 30, 2008 at 4:53 pm Link to this comment

bring all the troops homw. We have destroyed the enemy. LOL!

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By RHONDA, May 30, 2008 at 3:41 pm Link to this comment
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A few short months ago Al Quida was gaining ground to justify keeping the large troop numbers in Iraq since the Surge.  Now, of course, the plan is to attack Iran, so the mouthpieces are bellowing about Iran, Iranians, and Iranian-made weapons as the NEW THREAT.

DON´T BELIEVE IT, IT´s JUST THE SAME OLD, SAME OLD…...

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By Don Stivers, May 30, 2008 at 2:43 pm Link to this comment

They haven’t the foggiest notion of what is going on.
Or…. they are lying.

Gosh, how many years ago did Cheney and Rumsfeld tell us the enemy was on the run?

What can of garbage did this guy crawl out of?

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By felicity, May 30, 2008 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment

Someone defined American exceptionalism as our infinite capacity for innocence when it comes to the consequences of our actions.  I’ll take off from that and say our infinite belief that Iraqis, especially Shias, would welcome weapon-laden al-Qaeda Sunnis into their neighborhoods probably to remain permanently defies all reason.

Hayden is full of it.  Iraqis are getting rid of al-Qaeda operatives. (And our military knows it.)

Richard Clark reminded us this morning that we are spending one trillion dollars per year on ‘security.’  Thought I’d mention that in case you doubt bin Laden’s wisdom that all he has to do is sit back and watch us do ourselves in.

Off and running, how about this tautology:  We must stay in Iraq in order to defeat those who do not want us in Iraq.  I love it.

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By Bob, May 30, 2008 at 2:07 pm Link to this comment
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Nice work you lying scum bags!  I wish someone would hold these theives responsible for their crimes against humanity.  Then, reverse all of the damage against our civil rights done by these fascist pigs.  Thanks a LOT for your “War of Terror” and creating a world that hates us. 

Soon we’ll be able to wipe our behinds with dollar bills instead of using toilet paper.  It’ll be cheaper.  Thanks.

Oh, and thanks for the record high gas prices.  That’ll be sure to help the economy.

I wish you all short lives, with wives that don’t put out, and children that dis-own you.

Sincerely,

American Citizen

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By Rick Huggins, May 30, 2008 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment
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Comments taylor made for any accasion. They’ve got somebody to tell us whateve they think we need to hear at that moment. And if it serves their need ,they’ll tell us something completely different in three months. And then sit there look you in the eye, any deny ever having said the previous thing.
  ZERO accountability.And short American attention spans = We get the government we deserve.

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By cyrena, May 30, 2008 at 1:47 pm Link to this comment

Gee, just like that. al-Qaeda’s all gone. Hell of a job you lying SOB’S!

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By JimM, May 30, 2008 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment

So if and when (it is a strong possibility) the repugs arrange another terrorist attack to benefit McSame, Hayden will really look like the total jerk and Bush ass-kisser that he is

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By Thomas Billis, May 30, 2008 at 12:46 pm Link to this comment

I would not believe a Bush appointee if he said the earth had people on it.The first qualification for being a Bush appointee is will you lie for the team.The only way you can tell a Bush appointee is lying is his lips are moving.

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