On second thought, Mehsud’s really dead

posted at 4:59 pm on August 18, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Just consider Baitullah Mehsud the Andy Kaufman of the Taliban.  First he’s dead from an American drone-launched missile, then he’s not really dead but merely resting his eyes.  Then he’s dead again, but Tony al-Clifton appeared in a Taliban camp.  Now Pakistan intel confirms that Mehsud is really, really, really dead … maybe:

The chief spokesman for the Taliban in Pakistan, who was arrested on Monday, has confirmed that the group’s leader is dead, Pakistani officials have said.

A minister from North West Frontier Province said Maulvi Omar had stated that Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a US drone attack earlier this month. …

Maulvi Omar was arrested in the Mohmand tribal area while travelling to South Waziristan, near the Afghan border.

He was later questioned by Pakistani intelligence officials, whom he allegedly told that Mehsud was dead.

Maulvi Omar is not exactly in a position to confirm this, of course.  The news comes from his interrogators after his capture this week.  It obviously benefits Pakistan to insist that Mehsud has reached room temperature, as it encourages division and infighting among Mehsud’s colleagues.

However, at this point, Mehsud would almost certainly have communicated with friendly media in order to dispel the rumors of his death, for that very reason.  He would want his troops to remain loyal to his chain of command in the Taliban movement and not divide between his lieutenants.  The lack of any statement from Mehsud in the weeks since his reported death provides a tacit confirmation of the claims of Pakistan and the US.

I’d guess that Mehsud is gone, and the Taliban is in disarray over it.  They will try to delay the inevitable reckoning of his death, but it’s coming whether they acknowledge it or not.

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Speaking of dead terror leaders, ummm…you know who is where?

SteveMG on August 18, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Wow. That’s a dang shame…Anyone for some champagne?

Battlecruiser-operational on August 18, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Shame he won’t get any of that election bribe money…

BadgerHawk on August 18, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Speaking of dead terror leaders, ummm…you know who is where?

SteveMG on August 18, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Pock-Ee-Stohn

But God forbid we can’t bomb anything lest we take out a 9-year-old future jihadi.

battleoflepanto1571 on August 18, 2009 at 5:02 PM

They are paying Taliban to play dead. Mesud’s just greedy and demanding more cash.

portlandon on August 18, 2009 at 5:03 PM

YAY!!! Do you know what this calls for?

FontanaConservative on August 18, 2009 at 5:03 PM

crispy critter. I wonder if Barry got a chance to read him his rights before the Hellfire missile delivered justice?

elduende on August 18, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Pining for the fjords?

Asher on August 18, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Obama will send Hillary to the service with flowers and an apology from the American people…………

Seven Percent Solution on August 18, 2009 at 5:05 PM

I guess we know who’s going to star in Weekend at Bernie’s III.

Tonus on August 18, 2009 at 5:05 PM


YAY!!!

Do you know what this calls for?

FontanaConservative on August 18, 2009 at 5:03 PM


On second thought, too soon.

FontanaConservative on August 18, 2009 at 5:05 PM

a rabbi, and Irishman, and a dead Taliban leader walk into a bar………

BTW, is Fidel at room temperature, or not?

If not, can he be next to get ‘dronned’??

Janos Hunyadi on August 18, 2009 at 5:07 PM

He’s pining for the fjords.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on August 18, 2009 at 5:07 PM

You know whats going on in that Bermuda Triangle?
Down in the Bermuda Traingle
Elvis Baitullah needs boats.

juanito on August 18, 2009 at 5:07 PM

Mash’allah!

blatantblue on August 18, 2009 at 5:08 PM

I guess we know who’s going to star in Weekend at Bernie’s III.

Muahmed: Ahkmed! I am having trouble keeping his look of rage on his face!

Ahkmed: Have you tried staples?

Battlecruiser-operational on August 18, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Mehsud would almost certainly have communicated with friendly media

Do we know that he hasn’t? Outlets like CNN and MSNBC have been pretty busy attacking conservative protestors in the U.S., after all.

malclave on August 18, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Pock-Ee-Stohn

But God forbid we can’t bomb anything lest we take out a 9-year-old future jihadi.

battleoflepanto1571 on August 18, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Uber late term abortions anyone?

CMonster on August 18, 2009 at 5:12 PM

tango uniform

RushBaby on August 18, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Has the coroner averred
That he thoroughly examined Meshud
Is he not only merely dead
Is he really most sincerely dead?

(With profuse apologies to Munchkins everywhere)

Arbalest on August 18, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Has the coroner averred
That he thoroughly examined Meshud
Is he not only merely dead
Is he really most sincerely dead?

(With profuse apologies to Munchkins everywhere)

Arbalest on August 18, 2009 at 5:14 PM

He’ll be by later. Too busy meeting with the Lollipop Guild.

juanito on August 18, 2009 at 5:18 PM

I feel a lot safer now. Thanks B-HO. /s

Seriously, great work guys! Kill some more of this scum and know we’re going to do what we can over here to get you a new CIC come 2013.

TXUS on August 18, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Bin Laden has been dead for over a year multiple times.

burt on August 18, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Bin Laden has been dead for over a year multiple times

Damn zombie terrorist douchebags…The HEAD people, aim for the head!

Battlecruiser-operational on August 18, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Attila – you are probably going to get 20 corrections on your appropriate post. The “Norwegian Blue” sketch was written for a Monty Python show by Eric Idyl(sp?). It is as internationally identifiable and famous as their cheese shop sketch and the lumberjack song.

Old Country Boy on August 18, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Actually, he has already met his 72 virgins. They looked like Rosie O’Donell, Roseanne Barr, and Nancy Pelosi. The Coroner said his final facial expression was one of agony. I guess his final thought was that he has gone to hell, after all.

Old Country Boy on August 18, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Maybe he just wanted to avoid training camp…
.
RWG (and he’ll sign with Hamas early next week)

RWG on August 18, 2009 at 5:35 PM

“You see, there’s different kinds of dead: there’s sort of dead, mostly dead… This fella here, he’s only sort of dead.”

TMK on August 18, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Let’s waterboard Maulvi Omar to find out the truth…or just for the fun ofit.

DDT on August 18, 2009 at 6:14 PM

..say, shouldn’t someone drag demented old Chevy Chase out of his retirement so he can resurrect that tired SNL bit about Francisco Franco still being dead?

VoyskaPVO on August 18, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Tarts are good for the soul.

(Tangos At Room Temperature.)

exhelodrvr on August 18, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Bring out your dead!!

exhelodrvr on August 18, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Its the Schrodinger’s Cat deal: he remains in a state of both being dead and being alive until he is observed.

We need some missiles to go and observe him.

ajacksonian on August 18, 2009 at 7:56 PM

Pining for the fjords?
Asher on August 18, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Yes, all 72 of them.

RD on August 18, 2009 at 8:17 PM

retroactive abortion!

huckelberry on August 18, 2009 at 9:49 PM