There is a widening split among the jihadist leaders in Pakistan’s northwest tribal belt. South Waziristan Taliban commander Maulvi Nazir has formed a bloc with North Waziristan commander Haji Gul Bahadar against the ubiquitous Baitullah Mehsud, whom the CIA believes was behind the Bhutto assassination. Nazir was the local leader who led a violent move to expel the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan from South Waziristan. The Uzbeks are now allegedly allied with Baitullah Mehsud. Of course in factional fights like this we wish both sides the best of luck, but such splits also present opportunities for working with one or the other side (or both) to further U.S. interests, particularly in finding Osama bin Laden and other terror leaders holed up in the region. It also says something about the nature of such groups and their frequent lack of unity. They may agree with each other on 99.9% of the ideological questions, but will go to war over such non-doctrinal matters as who gets to be in charge of what piece of turf. These aren’t people who necessarily work and play well with others. I think the U.S. could do a lot more to destabilize these organizations by harnessing the destructive powers of ego, jealousy, and paranoia.
In written testimony sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee, a third named witness has rejected the allegations made by Judge Kavanaugh’s accuser. Having been asked by a Senate staffer to comment on the charges advanced against the nominee, a lawyer for Leland Ingham Keyser wrote: Under 18 U.S.C § 1001, ... Read More
When Homer Simpson looks in the mirror, he sees ripped chest muscles and arms like the trunks of beech trees. When Hillary Clinton looks in the mirror, she sees America’s sweetheart. She thinks: America adores me. She thinks: America already chose me to be president once! She thinks: Everyone is comparing me ... Read More
A friend of the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has denied that she was at the party where the alleged assault occurred. The Senate Judiciary Committee reached out to Leland Ingham Keyser, a friend of Christine Blasey Ford. Ford claims Kavanaugh pinned her to a ... Read More
Judge Brett Kavanaugh plans to provide the Senate Judiciary Committee his calendar from 1982, which supports his claim to have never attended a party like the one Christine Blasey Ford described, the New York Times reported Sunday. While it does not disprove Ford's allegations, the calendar indicates that ... Read More
So now it looks like next Thursday. On Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s manifestly meritorious nomination to the Supreme Court, what was supposed to be the vote out of the Senate Judiciary Committee this past Thursday now appears to be sliding into a hearing to be held next Thursday. Or, who knows, maybe a Thursday ... Read More