US evacuates government personnel from Yemen

posted at 8:01 am on August 6, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The US government issues a travel alert that warned all Americans to leave Yemen immediately, as part of a heightened security status that has 19 embassies in the region closed.  As a follow-up, the Air Force evacuated US government personnel from the country — shortly after a drone strike killed four suspected members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula:

U.S. government personnel were flown out of Yemen on an Air Force plane Tuesday as the State Department urged all Americans in the country to leave “immediately” because of an “extremely high” threat of a terrorist attack.

The warning came just hours after a drone strike killed at least four suspected al Qaeda members in the country.

A total of 19 U.S. embassies remained closed Tuesday after intelligence agencies intercepted an electronic communication between two of al Qaeda’s top leaders in which they agreed they “wanted to do something big” this past Sunday, according to sources. …

In a statement Tuesday, the State Department said there was a “high security threat level in Yemen due to terrorist activities and civil unrest.”

“The department urges U.S. citizens to defer travel to Yemen and those U.S. citizens currently living in Yemen to depart immediately,” it said.

The drone strike is part of a recent offensive in Yemen by the US, in apparent cooperation with the government in Sana’a.  Four drone strikes in ten days have taken aim at AQAP, but the results are perhaps not as extensive as hoped:

Security sources told CNN about the strikes but didn’t offer additional details. A Yemeni official said four drone strikes have been carried out in the past 10 days.

None of those killed on Tuesday were among the 25 names on the country’s most-wanted list, security officials said.

It is unclear whether the strikes were related to the added security alert in the country after U.S. officials intercepted a message from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to operatives in Yemen telling them to “do something.” The message was sent to Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror group’s Yemeni affiliate. U.S. intelligence believes al-Wuhayshi has recently been appointed the overall terror organization’s No. 2 leader.

Why the rush to hightail it out of Yemen now?  A massive prison break a week ago in Pakistan and another a week earlier in Iraq may have something to do with it, CNN reported last night. In fact, there have been eleven jail breaks in 25 days, and now more than a thousand suspected AQ terrorists have gone missing:

First the attackers blew up bombs outside a Pakistani prison. Then they scared off people in the area and used loudspeakers to call out specific inmates they were trying to release. Shiite prisoners left inside were killed.

“It was a well-planned assault,” noted CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen, who provided details Monday of the July 30 prison break in northwest Pakistan.

Other similar operations in the past two weeks in Iraq and Libya successfully freed hundreds of convicted or suspected Islamic terrorists, a known strategy of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Bergen and other analysts cited the prison breaks as one of several reasons the United States has dramatically heightened its security stance by issuing a worldwide travel alert and closing almost two dozen embassies and consulates on Sunday, with 19 of them remaining shut for the rest of the week.

Note well that “hundreds” of the missing terrorists got sprung from a prison in … Benghazi.  Before we decapitated the Qaddafi regime, AQ couldn’t access those prisoners.  Now we can’t access Benghazi, and we’re closing embassies all over the region thanks to the threat unleashed in the vacuum of control in eastern Libya. This must be what’s known as smart power.


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A feckless President and admin have jeopardized us all.

rob verdi on August 6, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Meh
Let’s focus on A Rod, wapo and reince
-lsm

cmsinaz on August 6, 2013 at 8:08 AM

More strategy from Wile E. from his Acme playbook.

beatcanvas on August 6, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Yup RV

cmsinaz on August 6, 2013 at 8:08 AM

This will be repeated all over the Middle East in the years to come. Next one will be Iraq.

Oil Can on August 6, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Now we can’t access Benghazi, and we’re closing embassies all over the region thanks to the threat unleashed in the vacuum of control in eastern Libya. This must be what’s known as smart power.

Time for another apology speech in Tahir Square! That’ll fix things. Seriously, it is important to remember that this administration in its arrogance really thought that proving they were not “cowboys” like GWB would be all that was needed to change the dynamics in the middle east. The Arab Spring was billed as smart power paying dividends and in its bloody aftermath the administration has done nothing but deny the reality of their own incompetence.

But seriously, does anybody think that there a lot of Americans running around Yemen right now?

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2013 at 8:11 AM

It took years to build an international effort to keep AQ in check. Then along comes Obama, to ruin it all. How many of those jail breaks could have been done without inside help from people in the governments, however local, of those countries?

I still think this new ‘threat’ is more hype than reality. Either way, it highlights the impotence and ineptitude of Obama and his Administration. Add in the rest of the Congressional Democrats who back their guy to the hilt, along with the Schumer Republicans, and we have a clogged septic system with a tank ready to explode.

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 8:15 AM

A feckless President and admin have jeopardized us all.

rob verdi on August 6, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Nearly a year without retribution for Al Qaeda’s attack on Benghazi sent a message. The Islamic terrorists can attack American interests with impunity. The rat-eared fraud in the White House is many things but coward as CINC is at the top of the list.

When this feckless coward came into office we were lectured that we had to give the bastard a chance to prove he was sincere in becoming a post-partisan uniter. Anybody who held that position on January 20th 2009 owes the rest of us a giant mea culpa.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Another phony scandal?

myiq2xu on August 6, 2013 at 8:18 AM

See, it is not hard to give transparency. Just look at all the information we have been getting lately in order for the government to distract from from its abuse of power.
Too bad all the information is likely lies trying to distract from government overreach and abuse of power.

astonerii on August 6, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Drone (or drones) kill four AQ . Has the govt identified if any ‘innocents’ were killed? And, as a follow-up, aren’t they particularly aware that Muslims equate the drone strategy with the arrogance behind GWBs ‘cowboy diplomacy’?

socalcon on August 6, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Anybody who held that position on January 20th 2009 owes the rest of us a giant mea culpa.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Naaaaah. If we weren’t all a bunch of racists, everything would have worked out just fine. /

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 8:19 AM

I still think this new ‘threat’ is more hype than reality. Either way, it highlights the impotence and ineptitude of Obama and his Administration. Add in the rest of the Congressional Democrats who back their guy to the hilt, along with the Schumer Republicans, and we have a clogged septic system with a tank ready to explode.

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 8:15 AM

While I semi-agree that things are more “hype” than “reality” at this point, or should I say, I think the threat is more “local” (read US embassies) than “worldwide” (read US mainland) now, I think the foundation has been laid for another attack in the future. And it is solely due to the Obama administration’s handling of both the Middle East and the War on Terror.

Gatsu on August 6, 2013 at 8:20 AM

I still think this new ‘threat’ is more hype than reality. Either way, it highlights the impotence and ineptitude of Obama and his Administration. Add in the rest of the Congressional Democrats who back their guy to the hilt, along with the Schumer Republicans, and we have a clogged septic system with a tank ready to explode.

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Hype or not, the threats had to be taken seriously. But what I don’t understand is what happens between this week and next to change the threat level. It would have been better to have been concentrating on security of or embassies all along instead of buying electric charging stations for the Vienna embassy. Because, at some point the United States has to re-open its diplomatic outposts for business or shut them down and withdraw our diplomatic staff.

Not since the Iranian hostages has America proven itself to be this weak and vulnerable. Yet another way that this rat-eared bastard is really filling out Carter’s third term.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2013 at 8:21 AM

+1 HN

cmsinaz on August 6, 2013 at 8:21 AM

I thought al-qaeda was on the run? GM working again, and bin laden dead?

rightside on August 6, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Naaaaah. If we weren’t all a bunch of racists, everything would have worked out just fine. /

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Well if that is all that it takes to become a racist then I AM A PROUD RACIST. :0

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2013 at 8:23 AM

A total of 19 U.S. embassies remained closed Tuesday after intelligence agencies intercepted an electronic communication between two of al Qaeda’s top leaders in which they agreed they “wanted to do something big” this past Sunday, according to sources. …

And the message had but one word JUMP and Obama said How High.

meci on August 6, 2013 at 8:23 AM

I thought al-qaeda was on the run? GM working again, and bin laden dead?

rightside on August 6, 2013 at 8:22 AM

One for three. 33% is a pretty lousy average.

Al Qaeda clearly isn’t decimated.

GM just lowered the price of Volts as they are pushing the crappy golf carts that they are banking will save the company.

But OBL is probably dead. Not that it matters the spirit of his movement lives on all over the region where we are cowering in closed embassies.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2013 at 8:21 AM

I agree threats should never be taken lightly. It’s all the advertising that makes me suspicious of the level of credibility. You’d would think, to protect the security of our methods, counter-efforts would be done quietly. Instead, the Administration tipped our hand.

This is no way to protect the country or American interests.

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 8:27 AM

We should just start blaming everything on Valerie Jarrett and make bo feel more impotent day by day.

tim c on August 6, 2013 at 8:30 AM

I thought al-qaeda was on the run? GM working again, and bin laden dead?

rightside on August 6, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Well apparently these are new guys and have no clue who they’re dealing with. Our president just happens to have a NOBEL PEACE PRIZE FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!
Oh yeah. They’ll get theirs. Until then unicorns all around!

onomo on August 6, 2013 at 8:32 AM

We should just start blaming everything on Valerie Jarrett and make bo feel more impotent day by day.

tim c on August 6, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Obama would probably get spiteful and, blaming the sequester, shut down the national parks at the height of summer. That’ll show us who’s boss!

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 8:34 AM

This is no way to protect the country or American interests.

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 8:27 AM

As if that were ever a consideration with the rat-eared coward! At this point, what difference does it make? The bastard got his second term, Hillary is being hailed as a hero despite the fact she managed to kill an ambassador, and the myth of a democratic movement in the middle east remains even as the administration is utterly random in its actions in the region.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2013 at 8:34 AM

US evacuates government personnel from Benghazi.

I was really glad to see that headline this morning what with all the trouble in Cairo and the riots and everything. Wait, what’s that you say? Really? That can’t be true? Why would U.S. personnel be left in harm’s way in a hostile country with all kinds of terrorist influence and mayhem going on?

What? Gun-running? Missile dealing? CIA operations in an “Annex”? A President that’s AWOL? Well that can’t be…..that would be something like a scandal if that was to happen. But the gop would get right on that and investigate, and we’d have answers in no time. They’d put a stop to all that so we’re all good.

Whew, I was worried we might have something to be concerned about.

PappyD61 on August 6, 2013 at 8:34 AM

I still think this new ‘threat’ is more hype than reality. Either way, it highlights the impotence and ineptitude of Obama and his Administration. Add in the rest of the Congressional Democrats who back their guy to the hilt, along with the Schumer Republicans, and we have a clogged septic system with a tank ready to explode.

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 8:15 AM

I still have to disagree with ya in that the action taken by the State Dept. in closing up a couple dozen middle east embassies, and now the Yemen evac, are in response to a very real threat assessment. That’s not to say it’s the right thing to do…or that it sends the “right message” to our enemies…but only that there really is a high-priority imminent attack probability based on intel reports.

I certainly don’t put it past the Obama administration to unload BS at every turn. But not this time. Again, the action of closing up embassies like this may or may not be the best thing to do. Personally, I think it sends the message that the US will tuck it’s tail between it’s legs and bolt in the face of terror attacks. But that doesn’t mean the closings were done for “political” reasons as some propose.

JetBoy on August 6, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Obama would probably get spiteful and, blaming the sequester, shut down the national parks at the height of summer. That’ll show us who’s boss!

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 8:34 AM

You know, for me it really isn’t the fact that the rat-eared coward and his administration is utterly corrupt. Or the fact that they are working to destroy this nation through massive spending, Obamacare, and internationalist policies.

It is the fact that the bastard expects us to be grateful to him for doing it.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2013 at 8:37 AM

tim c on August 6, 2013 at 8:30 AM

She probably gave the OK for the drones.Hillary won’t be the first woman president.We have one now.

docflash on August 6, 2013 at 8:38 AM

This must be what’s known as smart power.

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YAY !!!!!!! /lib

ExpressoBold on August 6, 2013 at 8:40 AM

But that doesn’t mean the closings were done for “political” reasons as some propose.

JetBoy on August 6, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Time will tell. It’s all the advertising about it that leaves me wondering, like how soon after the first 9/11 we were going to Threat Condition Orange practically every other week.

I’m totally cynical of this Administration and its motives. I’d feel a lot better if Obama announced he’s ordered military assets to be in place near to the threat locations if anything happens. Instead of just closing the embassies, let AQ know any attack will be met with retaliatory action to repel the strike.

But we can be seen to ‘offend’ Islam, can we?

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Um, what in hell is an American citizen doing in Yemen. The only thing that country has in abundance is sand. Sand and terrorists.

In fact, there have been eleven jail breaks in 25 days, and now more than a thousand suspected AQ terrorists have gone missing:

At this point it’s no longer a matter of whether this president is incompetent or malevolent. Both wind up at the same point: maxim harm to the US.

rbj on August 6, 2013 at 8:44 AM

It is the fact that the bastard expects us to be grateful to him for doing it.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Sadly for him, I’m going to be a huge disappointment in that department.

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 8:45 AM

The bad guys are winning. At this point all they have to do is start spreading any kind of misinformation and the Obama administration will be peeing their panties. These guys only have to talk on their phones, use facebook, or otherwise communicate and it becomes an instant threat. Our response should not be shutting down, but raising the Come and Take It flag. Staff the embassies with a battalion of infantry. Is this confrontational? Hell yes! Will it get our point across? I think so. If not, let them attack and we will show our resolve.

DAT60A3 on August 6, 2013 at 8:48 AM

It’s a damn good thing that “al Quaida is on the ropes” (per President Choom), or things could really be tense in the middle east.

RoadRunner on August 6, 2013 at 8:49 AM

But that doesn’t mean the closings were done for “political” reasons as some propose.

JetBoy on August 6, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Of course it was done for political reasons. You can’t have embassy staff killed when the rat-eared monarch is about to go off on his multi-million dollar vacation to hob nob with the rich liberals of Martha’s Vineyard. I mean it was bad enough that Christopher Stevens got himself killed on the eve of a trip to party in Vegas. There is a real threat that Al Qaeda could derail the whole trip!

Seriously, the reason why this situation is so dire is because of political decisions made by this bastard for years. Starting with the narrative that Al Qaeda was all but dead when that has never been the case.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Sadly for him, I’m going to be a huge disappointment in that department.

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Yeah we kids will never appreciate the awesomeness that is the rat-eared coward until more time has passed. Then we’ll understand completely. /

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Anyone find it interesting that the big Oaf can give a speech about Travon Martin, but can’t talk to Americans about supposed terrorist threats that close down 19 embassies?????? WTF?

scalleywag on August 6, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Yeah… al Qaeda is on the run… right.

dpduq on August 6, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Anyone find it interesting that the big Oaf can give a speech about Travon Martin, but can’t talk to Americans about supposed terrorist threats that close down 19 embassies?????? WTF?

scalleywag on August 6, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Priorities…

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Smart Power Vacuum.

Courtesy of the red reset button.

freedomfirst on August 6, 2013 at 9:12 AM

And where is the president now? Off to be a guest on Leno? Playing golf? Heading for the Vineyard? For the love of God, feckless is an understatement. When was the last time we closed our embassies, it sure didn’t happen after all the threats in Benghazi. We deserve some kind of explanation, the president should be held accountable for informing Americans about what’s going on, but who will demand answers? No one.

scalleywag on August 6, 2013 at 9:14 AM

I’d feel a lot better if Obama announced he’s ordered military assets to be in place near to the threat locations if anything happens.

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 8:43 AM

That’s my initial idea as well. I just don’t know enough about the specifics of how far a nation can go to protect it’s embassies around the world short of closing up shop. Can he US send high-caliber weapons to one or more? What about the size, number, and type of added troops around an embassy perimeter? Inside the gates, or outside? I’ve always thought that the host nation provides the perimeter security.

JetBoy on August 6, 2013 at 9:16 AM

It’s a damn good thing that “al Quaida is on the ropes” (per President Choom), or things could really be tense in the middle east.

RoadRunner on August 6, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Obysmal can’t be too cranked b/c he is heading to Phoenix to push his latest mortgage program.

I am convinced that he is doing all in his power to institute sharia banking by weakening and breaking every banking/insurance program that our capitalist system uses.

onlineanalyst on August 6, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Nevermind, of course he isn’t going to give a speech about the grave danger we supposedly face right now, because to do so would be to admit his “policies” all over the world have failed. Miserably.

scalleywag on August 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM

But that doesn’t mean the closings were done for “political” reasons as some propose.

JetBoy on August 6, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Who knows?

Dusty on August 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Out: Reset

In: Retreat

faraway on August 6, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Consequences of this feckless administration.

Run away! Run away! Your government is incapable of protecting you!

TerryW on August 6, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Not since the Iranian hostages has America proven itself to be this weak and vulnerable. Yet another way that this rat-eared bastard is really filling out Carter’s third term.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Yep, pretty much the only thing left is odd/even days.

GWB on August 6, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Four in the last ten days and they report about it after the last one, which happens after the warnings and chatter and closings.

So now they’re not telling us about drone strikes?

Wait a second. The drone strikes were in the last ten days. The outside operational security chatter was picked up several weeks ago. Are the events getting out of order in relation to the narrative here?

Dusty on August 6, 2013 at 9:30 AM

I’ve always thought that the host nation provides the perimeter security.

JetBoy on August 6, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Yes. And, for one vital reason: the embassy grounds are foreign territory; if it is attacked it would be an act of war. The host country wants to avoid those sorts of problems, normally. Of course, we haven’t really played that way for several years (and for about 4 years back in the 70s/80s), so we might have to do it ourselves.

Which is where Liam’s comment comes in – station military assets nearby, reinforcing the idea that if you attack an embassy we will come over the horizon and destroy you. Of course, you then have to follow through or it doesn’t mean diddlysquat.

GWB on August 6, 2013 at 9:33 AM

“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”

- John F. Kennedy

faraway on August 6, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Stop me if I’m wrong. CNN seems to be doing some reporting over the last month or so. Can this be true?

FOWG1 on August 6, 2013 at 9:52 AM

I thought he meant they were running away when The Great and Powerful Oz-bama said they were on the run. Turns out, they were running to the armory to pick up more ammunition. See? It was our fault for misinterpreting his worship.

Wino on August 6, 2013 at 9:56 AM

The rat-eared fraud in the White House is many things but coward as CINC is at the top of the list.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2013 at 8:16 AM

I think you are being far too generous in your assessment of him. I wish I could believe he was simply a coward, but I think he’s actually in cahoots with the evil thugs. I think this is all happening according to plan and rather than cowering down at Martha’s Vineyard, he’ll be popping corks and celebrating with some nice wagyu beef with his pals, on our dime, as he laughs (evil laugh) at the American saps/citizens.

Note well that “hundreds” of the missing terrorists got sprung from a prison in … Benghazi.

The Dementors seem to be under new management.

pannw on August 6, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Darn. that kills my vacation plans to Sana’a and Aden this year

simkeith on August 6, 2013 at 10:05 AM

…just shut-up and golf!

KOOLAID2 on August 6, 2013 at 10:34 AM

In fact, there have been eleven jail breaks in 25 days, and now more than a thousand suspected AQ terrorists have gone missing:

I bet it took a lot of planning and coordination to pull off 11 jail breaks in 25 days in 11 countries to free 1000 AQ terrorists.

But imagine how much worse it could have been if (core) al Qaeda had not be decimated and almost defeated, and was not on the run.

Note well that “hundreds” of the missing terrorists got sprung from a prison in … Benghazi.

Imagine how much worse it could have been if a nasty video was involved.

farsighted on August 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Why the rush to hightail it out of Yemen now? A massive prison break a week ago in Pakistan and another a week earlier in Iraq may have something to do with it, CNN reported last night. In fact, there have been eleven jail breaks in 25 days, and now more than a thousand suspected AQ terrorists have gone missing

I’m sure it’s all just a coincidence. Since AQ is dead, they couldn’t possibly plan and carry out multiple coordinated raids to free their buddies, could they?

clear ether

eon

eon on August 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Stop me if I’m wrong. CNN seems to be doing some reporting over the last month or so. Can this be true?

FOWG1 on August 6, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Supposedly CNN was going to have a special report about that Ben Ghazi feller tonight-I saw an ad for it last week. But I just checked the CNN Tuesday schedule, and it is nowhere to be found.

Del Dolemonte on August 6, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Left wingers tend to be dim and to have incorrect assumptions about people. Jimmy Carter and the lib press thought that Iran would be great with the new representative of the People in 1979. That didn’t work out too well.

Same here. Barry and the left thought that it would be great if the Voice of the People took over in Libya. That didn’t work out too well either.

But the leftist assumption is that it is America’s fault in perpetuity. The American leftist has mis-aligned sympathies and poor judgement and false assumptions about people.

but we already knew that.

r keller on August 6, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Stop me if I’m wrong. CNN seems to be doing some reporting over the last month or so. Can this be true?

FOWG1 on August 6, 2013 at 9:52 AM

At some point they either start reporting what others inevitably will or they get left in the dust.

Like the NYT was when they (supposedly) held back the “leak” about Zawahiri’s involvement and were scooped by McClatchy.

At some point self-interest trumps ideology.

farsighted on August 6, 2013 at 10:48 AM

In fact, there have been eleven jail breaks in 25 days, and now more than a thousand suspected AQ terrorists have gone missing:

I keep coming back to this. Al Qaeda is running all right. Running wild.

How in the world will we be able to find and keep tabs on a thousand AQ terrorists who have just disappeared?

Even if there is not a terrorist attack in the next several days this will not end in a week when the embassies reopen.

farsighted on August 6, 2013 at 10:53 AM

First the attackers blew up bombs outside a Pakistani prison. Then they scared off people in the area and used loudspeakers to call out specific inmates they were trying to release. Shiite prisoners left inside were killed.

“It was a well-planned assault,” noted CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen, who provided details Monday of the July 30 prison break in northwest Pakistan.

Other similar operations in the past two weeks in Iraq and Libya successfully freed hundreds of convicted or suspected Islamic terrorists,

…a known strategy of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Well-planned assault… similar operations in Iraq and Libya… Zawahiri behind them.

That would be Zawahiri, second in command of (decimated) ‘core’ al Qaeda for well over a decade, and “leader” of (decimated) ‘core’ al Qaeda for the past few years.

farsighted on August 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Stop me if I’m wrong. CNN seems to be doing some reporting over the last month or so. Can this be true?

FOWG1 on August 6, 2013 at 9:52 AM

No kidding, I noticed that the other day when they reported on the CIA supplying weapons to Syrian rebels in Benghazi. I thought, wow, an “exclusive” story on CNN was rare enough because they’re not known for “investigative reporting” anymore, but to have it touch on exposing a part of the “phony scandal” was shocking. I guess the Zimmerman thing could only be stretched so far.

scalleywag on August 6, 2013 at 11:06 AM

The Dementors seem to be under new management.

pannw on August 6, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Bumper sticker of the week.

AesopFan on August 6, 2013 at 12:04 PM

First the attackers blew up bombs outside a Pakistani prison. Then they scared off people in the area and used loudspeakers to call out specific inmates they were trying to release. Shiite prisoners left inside were killed.

AQ: focused and consistent.
And barbarians.

AesopFan on August 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

The Muslim Obama infiltrates and occupies the White House without firing a shot! Al Quada takes control over 19 embassies and numerous cities without firing a shot! It pays to have friends in high places! In order to honor Travon , Obama will never stand his ground! Tuck tail and run.. that’s the Obama, Sharpton, Jackson, JZ, Holder, doctrine! Can the country survive 3 more years of treason?

Marco on August 6, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Eleven jailbreaks in 25 days swells AQ’s ranks.

No coincidences, just the illusion thereof.

Also, a jail break, back when, gave birth to AlQuaida.

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2013 at 12:55 PM

If the duh shit don’t start, start duh shit.

claudius on August 6, 2013 at 2:50 PM

I saw the headline this morning on Drudge .. something like “US bombs Yemen. Urges Americans to leave.”

Maybe I’m mistaken.. but didn’t we usually urge Americans to leave before we bombed? Didn’t you just put those Americans at even a greater risk of kidnapping when you bomb the country they are in?

JellyToast on August 6, 2013 at 6:00 PM