The New York Times, which, like a small child eager to tattle, rushed to reveal our efforts to monitor enemy communications and track their finances (because, like, y’know, terrorist psychos have rights too!), is now gleefully blabbing about our apparent use of covert operations to kill the enemy:
The United States military since 2004 has used broad, secret authority to carry out nearly a dozen previously undisclosed attacks against Al Qaeda and other militants in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere, according to senior American officials.
These military raids, typically carried out by Special Operations forces, were authorized by a classified order that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld signed in the spring of 2004 with the approval of President Bush, the officials said. The secret order gave the military new authority to attack the Qaeda terrorist network anywhere in the world, and a more sweeping mandate to conduct operations in countries not at war with the United States.
In 2006, for example, a Navy Seal team raided a suspected militants’ compound in the Bajaur region of Pakistan, according to a former top official of the Central Intelligence Agency. Officials watched the entire mission — captured by the video camera of a remotely piloted Predator aircraft — in real time in the C.I.A.’s Counterterrorist Center at the agency’s headquarters in Virginia 7,000 miles away.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I wholeheartedly approve of almost anything that sends these refugees from a medieval lunatic asylum to an early meeting with Allah and their 72 she-goats. But maybe, just maybe, there’s a good reason for keeping this secret, such as not putting on the spot governments that might be covertly helping us? Such as not revealing something that might not be popular with their own people, or exposes them to retaliation by jihadis? For frak‘s sake, what government is going to want to give us covert aid when they’re bound to be exposed in the Times?
And don’t get me started on the "anonymous senior government official" quoted by Schmitt and Mazzetti. Too many people in DC can’t wait to talk to the press "off the record" to get their egos stroked and be the next "Deep Throat."
Something like this should have been a deep, buried secret until long after the war is over. Doesn’t anyone in Washington take this fight seriously?
(hat tip: The Jawa Report)