Wednesday, February 21, 2007

This opportunity comes once in a lifetime you better lose yourself

In 1998 the US controlled and funded of team of Afghan spies that acted as anti-Taliban agents in Afghanistan. They were well-equipped, loyal to the US and the Northern Alliance, exceptionally well-trained, bellicose and trigger-happy. A plan was hatched for them to kidnap Bin Laden from his Tarnak Farm compound in Afghanistan. Although there were fears that the team was just using the CIA for money or prestige, they did supply useful intelligence, and it wasn’t for this reason that the raid was ultimately canceled:

“If they did go through with a Tarnak raid, some White House officials feared, women and children would die and bin Laden would probably escape. Such a massacre would undermine U.S. interests in the Muslim world and elsewhere.”

Any thoughts on this?


At 4:05 PM, Blogger Jackscolon said...

1) TRODPOINT sounds a lot like TREADSTONE, which makes me think Jason Bourne could probably take out Bin Laden.

2) The CIA has been seriously neutered for years, so I'm not sure what the point of this post is- to highlight that? to point at something new? Why don't we just put assassination back on the table and let people like this take out who we want taken out? Either we want effective clandestine operatives who operate in shadowy underworlds less constrained by general moral guidelines... or we place moral imperatives over effective foreign policy tools. I'm not advocating either one- I'm just saying we need to make the choice and put it to rest.


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