NEWSLETTER

June 5, 2012

Whack-A-Mole

Abu Yahya Al-Libi, a top Al Qaeda operative was killed in a U.S. drone strike Monday, confirmed White House spokesman, Jay Carney,  on Tuesday.

First and foremost, BRAVO and KUDOS to the U.S. military and intelligence services for a job well done!! One less miscreant to roam this earth.

Second, U.S. officials speaking on condition of anonymity, as well as named “security analysts” (see below) would do well to temper their exuberance, and refrain from grandiose proclamations, as we’re currently engaged in a game of Whack-A-Mole. Knock one down, lots of others pop-up.

“Al Qaeda's leadership has been so thinned by the U.S. drone campaign in Pakistan that these men were the only two real leaders of the organization left,” according to CNN Security Analyst Peter Bergen. (This is the same Peter Bergen who, upon bin Laden’s death, announced that the war on terror was over.)

Well, al Qaeda has lots of "off-shoots," not to mention independent contractors who are plotting, planning and looking to do horrific things to the U.S. and the West.

Calling these other terrorist groups offshoots or “affiliates” of al Qaeda, or al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, al Qaeda in Yemen, etc. is simply a ruse designed to deceive ourselves into believing that we face a discreet enemy, i.e., al Qaeda.

What about groups like Hezbollah (The “Party of God), for example? They’re just as deadly, if not more than al Qaeda, and definitely more well-armed. And like al Qaeda, they’re slowly laying the groundwork for spectacular attacks against the U.S. and U.S. targets, after having set up sleeper cells throughout the U.S., Mexico, South America and elsewhere. They are not affiliates of al Qaeda, although they (and other terrorist groups like them) do have one thing in common and that is Islamic fundamentalism. 

Unless we face up to that fact, we’re doomed to repeat the same mistakes we made throughout the 1990s, when we ignored a then little-known group called al Qaeda. 

We don’t have an al Qaeda problem, we have an Islamic problem.

CNN.com  |  June 5, 2012

White House: Al Qaeda No. 2 Leader Is Dead

By the CNN Wire Staff

Al Qaeda's Abu Yahya Al-Libi.jpg
Abu Yahya al-Libi has appeared frequently in videos on the Internet, including one in 2006 by an al Qaeda-linked media group. Photo courtesy: guardian.co.uk

(CNN) -- Abu Yahya al-Libi, the No. 2 man in al Qaeda and a longtime public face of the terror network, is dead, White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed Tuesday.

Al-Libi's death was "another serious blow to core al Qaeda," said Carney, who was unable to provide further details.

"His death is part of the degradation taking place in core al Qaeda in the last several years," Carney said.

Earlier Tuesday, U.S. officials said that al-Libi was killed by a CIA drone strike in Pakistan launched Monday.

Al-Libi's death marks one of the most significant blows to al Qaeda since the U.S. military killed Osama bin Laden in a daring nighttime raid in Pakistan a year ago.

Al-Libi was second-in-command behind al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who took the helm after bin Laden's death.

"There is no one who even comes close in terms of replacing the expertise (al Qaeda) has just lost," said the U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Al-Libi "played a critical role in the group's planning against the West, providing oversight of the external operations efforts," the official said.

"Zawahiri will be hard-pressed to find any one person who can readily step into Abu Yahya's shoes," the official said. "In addition to his gravitas as a longstanding member of AQ's leadership, Abu Yahya's religious credentials gave him the authority to issue fatwas, operational approvals and guidance to the core group in Pakistan and regional affiliates."

Reports emerged a couple of years ago that al-Libi was slain, but they proved to be incorrect.

Al Qaeda's leadership has been so thinned by the U.S. drone campaign in Pakistan that these men were the only two real leaders of the organization left, U.S. counterterrorism officials said, according to CNN Security Analyst Peter Bergen. Al Qaeda offshoots in other parts of the world, such as the group's affiliate in Yemen, have meanwhile become more potent and worrisome to the United States.

An Islamic scholar and high-ranking member of the group, al-Libi frequently appeared in Internet videos. He gave many videotaped speeches praising al Qaeda leaders, urging resistance and trying to recruit new members. More here...


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Posted by eblanch from Clarksburg, NJ on
In a lecture recently attended, a member of the State Department hired to study Al Qaeda provided compelling evidence that this terrorist organization will not just evaporate at the killing of this leader or that leader. The lecturer and “expert” made it abundantly clear to the audience that Al Qaeda and its worldwide followers are at war for the long haul. And while it is gratifying to see another enemy of freedom eviscerated from Al Qaeda by the professionals in the Armed Forces one wonders how many “second in commands” they will have to kill to exhaust these fanatics. Does anyone truly know?
And what about Hamas and Hezbollah? As the aforementioned article mentions they are quietly creeping their way into our midst. Over five years ago while working on a drug-related wire-tap, Mexican drug cartel members operating in the Northeast were overheard discussing their association with members of Hamas. This may be the best kept dirty secret from the American public that a significant and dangerous threat exists at our porous border. Be-headings, car bombs, and tunnels constructed in similar fashion to those found on the Israeli border in Mexico perhaps should be as great a concern as the cave dwellers in Pakistan.