***** WE GAVE THEM A CRACK OF THE WHIP... AND THEIR LEADERS BALLSED UP... IS IT TIME TO TAKE THE REIGNS BACK FROM THE 'NEW WORLD' UNTIL THEY CAN HANDLE THE BIGGER GAME?
Bin Laden's No. 2: "Muslims Will Destroy America".
The Associated Press, Cairo
Osama bin Laden's deputy warned Wednesday that America faces not individual terrorists or groups but an international community of Muslims that seek to destroy it and its allies. He was delivering a28-minute videotaped eulogy to slain al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.Ayman al-Zawahri, al-Qaida's longtime No. 2 and considered the network's operational head, also sought to cast a role for the terror group in the popular uprisings shaking Arab world.
"Today, praise God, America is not facing an individual, a group or a faction," he said, wearing a white robe and turban with an assault rifle leaned on a wall behind him. "It is facing a nation than is in revolt, having risen from its lethargy to a renaissance of jihad."
Al-Zawahri also heaped praise on bin Laden, who was killed in the May 2 raid by U.S. Navy SEALs in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad. Al-Zawahri, who is believed to be operating from somewhere near the PakistanAfghanistan border, also criticized the U.S. for burying bin Laden at sea.
"He went to his God as a martyr, the man who terrified American while alive and terrifies it in death, so much so that they trembled at the idea of his having tomb" he said.
Al-Zawahri - who referenced the toppling of rulers i Tunisia and Egypt and continued uprisings in Libya, Yemen and Syria - tried to cast recent developments as in line with his group's longtime goal: to destroy America and its allies. He said America now faces the international Muslim community.
"Our brothers who are working in Islam in all laces, I tell ou that our hands are extended to you and our hearts are open to you, so that we can work together to make Allah's word the highest and to make Islamic law in Muslim lands the ruler, not the ruled," he said in a video released on militant websites.
Al-Qaida has long sought to topple many of the Arab leades whose regimes have been shaken or toppled by popular uprisings this year, though militant Islam has played next to no role in any of them and most activists say they seek civil, not religious rule.
Within days of th bin Laden raid, al-Qaida had issued a statement vowing to keep fighting the United States, a message that was likely designed to convince followers that the organization would remain vigorous and intact even after its founder's demise.
But al-Zawahri's eulogy was the first comment by one of his potential successors on bin Laden's killing.
He also said U.S. officials withheld the release of photographs of bin Laden's body, fearing the "Islamic peoples' anger and hate" for America. He claimed bin Laden "achieved what he wanted to do, which is to incite the Islamic nation to holy war, and his message had reached all."
Al-Zawahri, who is Egyptian, is a less charismatic figure believed to lack bin Laden's ability to bring together the many nationalities and ethnic groups that make up al-Qaida.
His appointment as the next al-Qaida leader could further fracture an organization that is thought to be increasingly decentralized.
The eulogy included five poems of praise for bin Laden, describing him alternately as modest, noble and shrewd commander and "the vanguard of jihad against the communists and then the Crusaders," a reference to bin Laden's campaign in the Afghan war against the Soviets in the 1980s and the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks against the United States.
Al-Zawahri also vented his anger at Pakistani military leaders and politicians, implying they had a role in bin Laden's death.
"I call on the Pakistani nation to rise up against the mercenary military traitors and the corrupt politicians who turned Pakistan into an American colony, allowing it (America) to kill or capture whoever it wants," al-Zawahri said.
He concluded by saying bin Laden will remain a "source of horror and a nightmare chasing America, Israel and their allies."
US defends agreement with Headley
US Prosecutors on Tuesday (June 7) defended a plea agreement with David Headley, co-accused in the Mumbai terror attacks, saying that this helped the FBI to extract invaluable information from him about LeT and other terrorist outfits and their leaders in Pakistan.
Obama Authorizes An Additional 80,000 Followers Of Islam To Enter The United States!
Posted by Volubrjotr ⋅ June 9, 2011
President Barack Hussein Obama, in a determination letter to Congress, has announced that he will allow an additional 80,000 immigrants – – mostly from Islamic countries – – to resettle in The United States during fiscal year 2011.
Refugee Resettlement Watch and other organizations have expressed grave concern that Mr. Obama is allowing so many immigrants into the country while millions of Americans remain out of work and living in poverty.
US Senate Report: Afghanistan's Economy At Risk
Donna Cassata, Associated Press, Washington
Wed, 06/08/2011 8:45 PM
Despite US$18.8 billion spent by the US to help stabilize and build upAfghanistan, that nation is at risk of falling into financial crisis when foreign troops leave in 2014, a new report from Senate Democrats says.
President Barack Obama's choice to serve as US ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, faced senators' questions Wednesday about the U.S aid and the size of t upcoming troop drawdown. He was to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The panel's Democrats issued the report that says stabilization programs in Afghanistan have had limited success. The $18.8 billion spent over 10 years is more than the United States has pent in any other country, including Iraq.
Misspent foreign aid can result in corruption, alter markets and undercut the ability of the Kabul government to control its resources, said the report, which was posted Tuesday night on the Senate committee's website. The World Bank found that a whopping 97 percnt of the gross domestic product in Afghanistan is linked to spending by the ternational military and donor community.
"Afghanistan could suffer a severe economic depression when foreign troops leave in 2014 unless the proper planning begins now," the report said.
Obama, after conferring with militry leaders and senior advisers, will decide this month on how many of the 100,000 troops to withdraw from Afghanistan. The drawdown is expected to begin in July.
The State Department and the US Agency for International Development are spending about $320
million a month on foreign aid there, relying on the money to "win hearts and minds." Among the successes has been a sevenfold increase in the number of children attending school and gains in health care.
But the report said the United States must take a closer look at how it spends the money, relying heavily on contractors. The U.S. must do a better job of oversight, especially as it funds more aid through the Afghan government. One recommendation was to standardize Afghan salaries and work with the government on staff limitations.
The panel's Democrats also suggested that Congress implement multiyear aid programs and closer scrutiny of stabilization programs "Transition planning should find the right balance between avoiding a sudden drop-off in aid, which could trigger a major economic recession, and a long-term phase-out from current levels of donor spending," the report said.
At his confirmation hearing, Crocker is certain to face skeptical and war-weary lawmakers wondering about the U.S. investment in Afghanistan in the 10th year of the war and after the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
Republicans and Democrats are pressing for a robust drawdown of the US forces from Afghanistan, especially in a time of serious US financial woes. The administration is seeking about $3.2 billion in foreign aid for Afghanistan in next year's budget, an amount likely to be closely reviewed.
OK... THE OPENING COMMENT WAS SLIGHTLY TONGUE-IN-CHEEK!
BUT, AND I'M SURE MANY US CITIZENS WILL AGREE, THE US IS TRYING TO POLICE THE WORLD... IT HAS NO 'COLD WAR ENEMY', AND IS OUT FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST AN INVISIBLE ENEMY!?
THE DICKHEAD TALIBAN NO. 2 HAS A POINT! THE ENEMY IS SOMETIMES WITHIN? THE US HAS A HISTORY OF SCAREMONGERING 'ITS OWN PEOPLE' INTO COMPLIANCE... AND THIS TIME... AND SINCE 9/11... THAT TACTIC HAS BACKFIRED! FEAR IS THE US INTEL SERVICES WEAPON... BUT IS THIS SOMEHOW A WEAPON OF SELF-DESTRUCTION ON THIS OCCASSION?
IT'S WELL KNOWN THAT ISLAMISTS ARE TRYING TO HIT THE US VIA THE SOUTH AMERICAN CONTINENT... AND ALSO A MATTER OF FACT THAT THEY ARE GAINING WEALTH, ARE PRIME TARGETS FOR BRIBERY/BLACKMAIL/COERCION... AND WOULD SELL THEIR OWN MOTHER, IN SOME COUNTRIES, FOR A BAG OF WEED!
LET THE UNITED NATIONS TAKE A GREATER ROLE IN WORLD PEACEKEEPING... AND IF THAT MEANS 'COMPLYING WITH SOME OF THEIR POXY INITIATIVES', AND HAS LITTLE OR NO LOSS OF LIFE... WHERE'S THE HARM IN TAKING A STEP BACKWARDS?
AMERICA IS A TARGET FOR MANY MANY NATIONS, BECAUSE IT NEVER BACKS DOWN... AND BECAUSE OF ISRAELS INFLUENCE! PICK YOUR FIGHTS WISELY... DON'T HIT EVERYTHING THAT STANDS IN YOUR WAY? THERE ARE FAR TOO MANY COUNTRIES LIKE FRANCE WHO WILL STAB YOU IN THE BACK FOR SELF-GAIN, STATUS, AND EGO?!!!
JUST A THOUGHT.... ;-)
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