Bin Laden Show 68: Choices & Consequences

04 Inter-State Conflict, 07 Other Atrocities, 08 Wild Cards, 09 Justice, 10 Security, Corruption, Cultural Intelligence, Government, IO Impotency, Military
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Osama bin Laden hiding place visited by Taliban

Osama bin Laden received visits from Taliban leaders and wealthy Arab supporters while he was hiding out in a fortified compound in a Pakistani garrison town, it has emerged.

Pakistan may cut Nato’s Afghan supply line after Osama bin Laden killing

Senior politicians vow to review ties to America after discord over drone attacks and assassination of al-Qaida leader

Pakistan condemns Bin Laden raid, threatens reprisals for drone strikes

Pakistan’s parliament joins its intelligence chief in condemning the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden and threatens to prohibit NATO convoys into Afghanistan if Washington continues its drone strikes against militants.

Phi Beta Iota: Wealthy Arab supporters?  Name three.  This all strains credibility–there is no way wealthy Arabs would make the trip without being detected by Saudi Arabia’s paranoid and relatively effective counterintelligence cadre.  The Pakistani reactions would appear to be a mix of theater for their own public, and pre-arranged steps they can take to accelerate our withdrawal from Afghanistan.  There is some question as to whether Petraeus and Panetta are off the leash on drone attacks–emissaries from Pakistan on this issue did not get to the President, they were blown off face to face by Panetta who seems to think he is the “decider” on violating Pakistan’s airspace and killing unknown civilians from afar.  Like Tom Hayden, he has our vote for International Tribunal attention.