Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Still Dancing; but Who is Leading?

On May 1st, Police observed a vehicle located on the streets in Times Square suspiciously flashing hazard lights. Upon closer inspection and some popping sounds they determined that it contained elements of what we now know was a bomb. After several frantic hours which included evacuating people from the vicinity, they defused the bomb and an investigation was underway.

On May 2nd, Al Jazeera reported that the Pakistani Taliban cell known as Tehrik-I-Taliban was claiming responsibility for the failed attempt in retaliation for the US killing 'Al Qaida' agents!? Later that day Police said it was unlikely that they had anything to do with it. No reason for this suspicion was given.

On May 3rd, Stratfor reported that the Washington Post had reported that 'US Officials' believed the attempted bombing increasingly looked to have international ties. Later that day smaller elements of the investigation and the origination of the car were reported. Late in the day and reported by Stratfor and other Media outlets, the Police announced they had arrested a man in connection with the failed bombing attempt. It turns out he is from Pakistan, a naturalized US citizen who had returned to Pakistan in July of 2009 and had spent 'several months there'.

On this same day, May 3rd, Stratfor reported that Azam Tariq, spokesman for Tehrik-I-Taliban, said they did not release the video and had no information about it. Curious he didn't step away from any claim of involvement in the act itself...

Curiously; on this same day, May 3rd, Stratfor reported that Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud threatened to retaliate against the United States within a month for the killing of Islamist militant leaders.

On May 4th, the suspected bomber, Faisal Shahzad, implicates himself by saying 'he acted alone'. Officials say the investigation is still ongoing and let's not forget Taqiyya.

Of course, there is a point to this. For the last nearly two years we have been told that the Taliban were not Afghan but an outside element that the Afghan people wanted removed from their homeland as much as we wanted to marginalize them. Many of us have contended that they were in fact as much an Afghan phenomenon as anything else and that the mere presence of the Durand line did nothing to lessen that fact. Almost anyone with any historical or first-hand knowledge of that area will tell you so. So the fact that the Taliban can be vaguely divided into Afghan and Pakistani 'cells' does little to bolster the claim that the Taliban is a classically defined 'Insurgent' presence in Afghanistan.

In addition; arguments have been floated that say that the Taliban does not pose the same threat to the US as Al Qaida because they do not have an international focus..... This argument has always been wrong, generally, and because, generally, Islam's ultimate goal is to force world submission to Allah. (By the way; again, Allah is not the God of the Bible). So making the argument that an armed fundamentalist Islamic organization has no interest in the furtherance of this Islamic goal is preposterous.

So let's sum this up:

1. We have a naturalized US citizen from Pakistan who clearly is a Jihadist who spends a significant amount of time back home before returning to his 'chosen' home and then assembles and attempts to detonate a bomb.

2. We have a convoluted series of statements that seem to be pointing to involvement by a Taliban cell in Pakistan - where this Jihadist is from.

3. We have US and NYPD officials not wanting to jump to any conclusions even as the evidence is mounting, that there is a Taliban connection.

4. There is a knee-jerk reaction by the Pakistani Government that has been widely reported to have treacherous fellows in their midst who are 'sensitive' to Taliban doctrine. By the way, the relationship between Pakistan and the US is tenuous at best.

5. We also have continuous claims that the Taliban and Al Qaida not only have different goals but are often at odds even though we have statements from one of the leaders, Mehsud (whom we thought we had killed in a UAV strike), claiming to be prepping a strike against the US for killing 'Islamist Military Leaders'!?

Is anyone starting to question where this is going? What possible motivations could there be for not wanting to 'call a spade, a spade'? At what point do we look at someone like Hassan and say the man is in fact a Jihadist who defiled his oath as an Officer in the Army in lieu of following the warped ideology of his religion? MJ posed a great question to FOX news: quoting General Casey; 'if we lose diversity because the Ft. Hood shooter is a Muslim, it is a greater tragedy than the loss of life.' ; Why are we still referring to him as Major? Why hasn't General Casey been publicly castigated for equating the rights of a suspected mass murderer with those of whom he butchered? (Hey MJ; I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for an answer).

When do we step out of the COIN paradigm and take a broader look at the problem; the real problem? When are the strategic ideologues going to put away their holy power point presentations, DOD jargon and go back to the one place that will give them the perspective they need; history and specifically a history as defined by the Islamic Scholars?

Hey MJ; I'm not holding my breath either.

Any questions?

Semper Fidelis;

John Bernard


  1. I read that during the Bush administration, the government was told that they could not refer to the Islamic terrorists as Islamic, or call them mujahideen, or anything else that our enemies refer to themselves as. I also read that this became official gov't policy under the Obama administration, and now terrorist groups like Hamas and Hizballah can't be identified as Islamic and much more. This madness must stop! The government is our servant, not the servant of a particular religion.

  2. tjuan;
    As we all know, the government in place is self-serving and corrupt to the core. Any sitting President that would place the lives of Sovereign US Warriors as less valuable than foreign peoples is in violation of his oath. The Armed Forces of this nation are in fact an asset of this government which is supposed to be a servant of the King (the people). Those 'assets' and all elected members of the government swear oaths, as I did, to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. How you translate that to mean to-be-the-saviors of the Islamic world is beyond a reasonable man's ability to answer. There is, of course, only one rational answer and that is that the President has chosen the Islamic peoples of the world over the Americans who voted for him - much less those who did not. How this is not seen as a clear violation of his oath can only be explained in one way.

    How you get 536 members of a governing body (Congress), the entire Judicial Branch and all other members of State and Local governments to stay silent while the President of the United States wastes the lives of our Warriors for what is now obviously his perverted personal pursuit, can also only be explained in one way. Why the vast majority of the population of this country is not enraged and taken to the streets over this, again, can only be explained in one way. How a sign ' The Marine Corps is at War; America is at the Mall' placed in a hooch in Afghanistan does not cause the vast majority of this country to feel shame for, essentially, abandoning our Warriors to the madness of this administration, again, can only be explained in one way.

    In the Bible it is referred to as Spiritual Blindness. This country stepped away from it's entire heritage - Christian and Secular, a long time ago. Some say in the last 100 years. I believe it was heading there almost as soon as the final shots were fired during the revolution. History records it took 10 years to get the Constitution ratified and then only after the Bill of Rights was defined and agreed upon. A scant 40 years later, Thomas Jefferson was complaining to Justice Warren (in a letter) that the government was out of control. Of course the events we are witnessing right now are far beyond what the Founders could have imagined or would have stood for.

    As late as this morning, on FOX News (which I don't waste much time on anymore), they were bemoaning the fact that the Pentagon, presumably under the direction of the administration, uninvited Franklin Graham to their prayer service because he prays as a Christian - and this while American Servicemen, in uniform, are pressed to help rebuild Mosques in Afghanistan; this while pressing United States Marine Corps Officers and their Senior Enlisted Advisors to don Afghan garb and to be paraded through the streets there?! And let's not forget the 'hand-holding' exercise as we were 'egressing' from Korengal.
    I have made several attempts to get FOX to speak to me or for that matter anyone who has a focused understanding of the elements of this discussion; a discussion which must be had and which can-save-lives. To date....Silence. I will now try through this more public forum to reach out to them. I have been asked by many of you what can be done. I will tell you; call FOX News and ask them why they are not paying closer attention to this. This self described bastion of the 'Fair and Balanced' discourse has remained as silent as the dead in DC. In the meantime, our Warriors are paying a horrific price. Call FOX and call them now. If the dead in DC can't listen; maybe a shot from FOX can raise the dead.