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    Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/wo...pagewanted=all

    The attack offered a glimpse of the Obama administration’s shadow war against Al Qaeda and its allies. In roughly a dozen countries — from the deserts of North Africa, to the mountains of Pakistan, to former Soviet republics crippled by ethnic and religious strife — the United States has significantly increased military and intelligence operations, pursuing the enemy using robotic drones and commando teams, paying contractors to spy and training local operatives to chase terrorists.

    The White House has intensified the Central Intelligence Agency’s drone missile campaign in Pakistan, approved raids against Qaeda operatives in Somalia and launched clandestine operations from Kenya. The administration has worked with European allies to dismantle terrorist groups in North Africa, efforts that include a recent French strike in Algeria. And the Pentagon tapped a network of private contractors to gather intelligence about things like militant hide-outs in Pakistan and the location of an American soldier currently in Taliban hands.

    While the stealth war began in the Bush administration, it has expanded under President Obama, who rose to prominence in part for his early opposition to the invasion of Iraq. Virtually none of the newly aggressive steps undertaken by the United States government have been publicly acknowledged. In contrast with the troop buildup in Afghanistan, which came after months of robust debate, for example, the American military campaign in Yemen began without notice in December and has never been officially confirmed.
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    Re: Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    But I thought liberals were soft on terror?

    Shadow War. That's catchy.

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    Re: Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
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    Re: Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    I did...and I have said that Obamas efforts against terrorism are the only thing I have found valuable in his presidency, but I think he has done a good job there.

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    Re: Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    But I thought liberals were soft on terror?

    Shadow War. That's catchy.
    Liberals aren't involved. This is the military carrying out these efforts, not Bush or Obama or anyone in the White House or its administration.

    I'm sure on Day One, when the military debriefed Obama on the 157 known terrorist plots to assassinate the sitting U.S. president, he got on board with these efforts immediately.

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    Re: Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents

    1) I'm very glad this is happening. Well-done.

    2) Where are the throngs of protests against these aggressive illegal acts of warmongering and American imperialism?
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    Re: Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents

    If this is truly going on I'm on board. Yes, this would have been characterized as a very sinister and evil program if Bush were still in office but that's the way it goes with the N.Y. Times. At least we seem to be doing the intelligence groundwork that went missing in the Clinton administration.

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    Re: Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents

    The White House has intensified the Central Intelligence Agency’s drone missile campaign in Pakistan, approved raids against Qaeda operatives in Somalia and launched clandestine operations from Kenya. The administration has worked with European allies to dismantle terrorist groups in North Africa, efforts that include a recent French strike in Algeria.
    I can't understand by what authority the President has extended our reach into Somalia and Kenya. It is also hard to believe that the French spearheaded a recent strike in Algeria.

    And, yes, Harshaw, where is the outrage? Hmmmm.....
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    Re: Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I can't understand by what authority the President has extended our reach into Somalia and Kenya. It is also hard to believe that the French spearheaded a recent strike in Algeria.

    And, yes, Harshaw, where is the outrage? Hmmmm.....
    I know this is hard to understand, but we are there AT THE REQUEST of their governments, and working in tandem with their forces. So, it's not really an invasion now, is it, dear?

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    Re: Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I can't understand by what authority the President has extended our reach into Somalia and Kenya. It is also hard to believe that the French spearheaded a recent strike in Algeria.

    And, yes, Harshaw, where is the outrage? Hmmmm.....
    Seems to me all this is going to do is create more terrorists, right? A prime recruiting tool for al Qaeda. A military solution isn't the answer. Or, so I've heard.
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