Bin Laden’s luxury hideout raises questions
ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (AP) – Osama bin Laden made his final stand in a small Pakistani city where three army regiments with thousands of soldiers are based not far from the capital – a location that is increasing suspicions in Washington that Islamabad may have been sheltering him.
The U.S. acted alone in Monday’s helicopter raid, did not inform Pakistan until it was over and pointedly did not thank Pakistan at the end of a wildly successful operation. All this suggests more strain ahead in a relationship that was already suffering because of U.S. accusations that the Pakistanis are supporting Afghan militants and Pakistani anger over American drone attacks and spy activity.
Pakistani intelligence agencies are normally very sharp in sniffing out the presence of foreigners in small cities.
Sen. Carl Levin, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said bin Laden’s location meant Pakistan had “a lot of explaining to do.”
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Bin Laden’s luxury hideout raises questions
That last paragraph made be laugh out loud.
Are you old enough to remember *I Love Lucy*? Ricky finds out that Lucy has made another dumb, bone-headed mistake and he says, “Lucy, joo got some ‘splainin’ to do!”
Yeah, that remark about Pakistan having a lot of explaining to do broke me up!
“I think this tells us once again that unfortunately Pakistan at times is playing a double game,” said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a member of the Armed Services Committee.
Sen. Susan Collins, RINO-Maine, is a waste of skin. ‘Unfortunately Pakistan at times is playing a double game’. Really? Seriously? She wants to go with that?
Bloggers, many bloggers, myself included, have tried on numerous occasions to point out that the Pakis were as complicit in the hiding, logistical support necessary for bin Laden to live in the lap of luxury.
A senior Pakistan intelligence official dismissed speculation that bin Laden was being protected.
“We don’t explain it. We just did not know – period,” he said, on condition his name not be released to the media.
Suspicions that Pakistan harbors militants have been a major source of mistrust between the CIA and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI – though the two agencies have cooperated in the arrests of al-Qaida leaders since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, including several in towns and cities outside the border area.
The Pakis, much like most any other group of Arabs and Muslims, can’t be trusted any further than you can see them. They are the sworn enemy of America and ALL that we stand for. Arabs and Muslims will stand together against us no matter their internal differences. WE are the Infidel, WE are the enemy, and I am certain that as I type this, there are Arab and Muslim groups planning reprisals against us and our allies.
For years, Western intelligence had said bin Laden was most likely holed up in a cave along the Pakistan-Afghan border, a remote region of soaring mountains and thick forests where the Pakistan army has little presence. But the 10-year hunt for the world’s most-wanted man ended in a whitewashed, three-story house in a middle-class area of Abbottabad, a leafy resort city of 400,000 people nestled in pine-forested hills less than 35 miles from the national capital, Islamabad.
Here’s something to think about concerning *Western Intelligence*, Western Intelligence sources are what led us to war in Iraq, on what has been proven many times over to have been faulty intelligence.
The United States, and President George W. Bush were 100% correct to go to Afghanistan and wage war against the Taliban and al-Qaida. That was the mission that needed to be conducted and the one that we should have prosecuted to a successful conclusion, even if it meant making a helluva mess in Pakistan. They are, after all, turning out to be far less than a trusted ally.
The compound, which an Obama administration official said was “custom built to hide someone of significance,” was about a half-mile (one kilometer) away from the Kakul Military Academy, one of several military installations in the bustling, hill-ringed town.
“Personally I feel that he must have thought it was the safest area,” said Asad Munir, a former ISI station chief in the northwest. “Abbottabad is a place no one would expect him to live.”
Personally, I believe the Pakis knew Osama bin Laden was there. I do NOT believe that it would be possible to hide someone of his notoriety and distinct, easily recognized physical features. Someone knew, someone was paid off. Osama bin Laden was living a relatively comfortable life.
That doesn’t happen easily in that part of the world, and lets face the facts, there were numerous retired Paki military officers and the Paki equivalent of West Point was very close near by.
Someone turned a blind eye to bin Laden being there.