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Incompetence


It seems someone accidentally issued a press release identifying the CIA chief of station in Kabul, Afghanistan:

The CIA’s top officer in Kabul was exposed Saturday by the White House when his name was inadvertently included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in President Obama’s surprise visit with U.S. troops.

Remember when Valerie Plame was a liberal rallying cry?

I'm going to make a couple predictions:

1) This won't get anywhere near the level of attention the Plame affair did.
2) No one will be charged with a crime.
3) No special prosecutor will be appointed.
4) No one will blame the President.

Of course, no President would stoop to engineering a "mistake" that forces a CIA station leave to abandon his post for fear of assassination. But remember, Obama has been trying to downplay the threat from Al Qaeda for years, despite recent pushback from his intelligence officials.

I wonder if one of those officials was the CIA station chief in Kabul?

Nah, couldn't be.

Anyways, I can't blame the intelligence guys for being worried:

Before his overthrow and death in the fall of 2011, Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi was believed to have purchased 15,000-20,000 Soviet MANPADS. Concern over the whereabouts of the missiles – and the possibility that terrorists could buy them on the black market and even use them to shoot down American passenger jets – drove a U.S. effort to recover as many as possible. But only about 2,000 were accounted for prior to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on Benghazi, Libya, according to the source. He describes those working to locate the missiles as “beside themselves” and “frustrated.”

Shooting planes down with missiles may be less impressive than using them AS missiles, but it gets the job done.

Do I think Al Qaeda is a serious threat to the average American? Not really. But they are more of a threat with an anti-aircraft missile that can fit in a van.

This entry was published Tue May 27 09:39:12 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2014-05-27 00:14:38.0. [Tweet]

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