If a missile falls in Waziristan and there is no one around to hear it…

Does it make a sound?
 
Because today a missile fired by a US drone hit house in the region on the Pakistani-Afghani border.  See the Reuters story here or the Al Jazeera story here.  
Interestingly enough, I somehow recall that when Barack Obama said in August that he would be willing to attack al Qaeda militants in Pakistan, it was a problem.   In fact, I remember Hillary Clinton condemning him for his statement.  
I don’t think that what Obama said was wrong.  And I don’t think that whatever Drone carried out this missile strike in Waziristan made a mistake.  There are some people residing in Pakistan, particularly its northwest border region, who are a serious danger to America and the world.  These militants who are taking refuge in the tribal areas of Waziristan are far more dangerous than anyone in Iraq.  
Barack was not naive to say that he would be willing to use force in Pakistan.  He was honest and correct.  And whoever ordered this most recent strike–even if it was President Bush–probably did the right thing.  We’ll have to wait and see what the news says tomorrow.

 

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  1. SteveSadlov

    This is an element of what I would term, “The Winning Plan.” This plan was clear, to courageous thinkers, as early as the early 1990s. Certainly, as of September 12, 2001, this plan was an inescapably correct manifestation of modern Clausewitzian thinking. Of course, most of the modern herd stupidly think that Von Clausewitz has been discredited. Anything but.

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