0 votes

Gates: Missile strikes in Pakistan to continue

Who didn't see this coming?

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is retaining a powerful but controversial weapon left over from the Bush administration's war on terror: Predator missile strikes on Pakistan.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates signaled to senators Tuesday that missile strikes will continue. He did not directly refer to the Predator hunt-and-kill drone program but said the U.S. would continue to strike at al-Qaida inside Pakistan along its border with Afghanistan.

But senior Obama administration and Capitol Hill officials say the Predator strikes are effective, and there is no plan to discontinue the program.

The Predator attacks have strained U.S. relations with Pakistan, which has urged Obama to halt them.

Pakistan was struck last week by missiles that killed at least 22 people. The strike was part of a continuing wave of more than 30 missile attacks since August.

In testimony Tuesday to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gates said Obama and former President George W. Bush were twinned in their efforts to pursue al-Qaida.

"Both President Bush and President Obama have made clear that we will go after al-Qaida wherever al-Qaida is, and we will continue to pursue them," Gates said.

"Has that decision been transmitted to the Pakistan government?" the panel's chairman, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., asked.

"Yes, sir," Gates responded.

The U.S. rarely acknowledges such missile strikes, at least some of which are carried out with unmanned Predator drones, used by the Pentagon and CIA to hunt down and kill terrorists.

A senior Obama administration official told The Associated Press that the Predator program would remain, saying simply: "It works." The comments were made on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the program publicly.

more at:

Trending on the Web

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Wer're gunna here this one alot:

"Both President Bush and President Obama"

nothing changes 08

nothing changes 08

Is 'Al Qaeda' the Modern Incarnation of 'Emmanuel Goldstein'?

Is "Al Qaeda" the modern incarnation of "Emmanuel Goldstein", the arch-villain manufactured by the state to rule the population with fear?
You have heard before that "Al-Qaeda" roughly translates into "the base," but were you aware that "Ana raicha Al Qaeda" is arabic colloquial for "I'm going to the toilet"? Would hardened terrorists hell bent on the destruction of the west name their organization after a euphemism for taking a shit? [Prison Planet]

Is it really far-fetched?
Omar al-Baghdadi, the supposed leader of an al-Qaeda-affiliated group in Iraq, was declared non-existent by US military officials, who say he is a fictional character created to give an Iraqi face to a foreign-run terrorist group. In reality, said Brigadier-General Kevin Bergner, an Iraqi actor has read statements attributed to al-Baghdadi, who has been identified since October as the leader of the group, known as Islamic State of Iraq. [Sydney Morning Herald 7/20/2007]

Once you accept that there can be one group of people willing to commit acts of terror you must accept that there can be a second group equally willing to commit acts of terror to blame on the first group.

"All great truths begin as blasphemies."

"Human beings with love and compassion are some of the most beautiful creatures in the universe... Those without are a plague on us all."

TheTruthWill.......have you seen this?


Notice Fox's use of the very reputable source, "some people".

Yep it's disgusting to watch an army intel guy selling his soul

and betraying his country for the elite scum that are pushing the lies...

"All great truths begin as blasphemies."

"Human beings with love and compassion are some of the most beautiful creatures in the universe... Those without are a plague on us all."