Sunday, December 25, 2005

In the Crosshairs

The New York Daily News reports this story about plans to assassinate President Bush:

WASHINGTON - Before he was captured last spring, Osama Bin Laden's top operational commander was solely focused on killing President Bush and Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharaff, the Daily News has learned.

The capture last May of Al Qaeda's No. 3 leader, Abu Faraj Al-Libi, apparently thwarted plots to assassinate the two partners in the global war on terror, said a senior Pakistani official, whose information was corroborated by two senior U.S. counterterrorism officials. "Al-Libi had one mission: Kill Bush and Musharraf," the Pakistani official told The News. "He wanted to kill Bush in the White House, preferably."

"It was clearly something they wanted to do. There's no question about that. It's the holy grail of jihad," a senior U.S. counterterrorism official confirmed. Al-Libi organized several failed assassination attempts on Musharraf before he was nabbed, officials have said. But the plot by Al Qaeda's international operations chief to send assassins to the U.S. to kill Bush was only disclosed this week.

The officials asked for anonymity because details of the Bush plot are still highly classified. The officials added that there is little evidence the U.S. mission advanced beyond initial planning by Al-Libi in Pakistan. Two years before Al-Libi's capture by Pakistani and CIA operatives in Pakistan's mountainous North-West Frontier province, near where many believe Bin Laden is hiding, American officials were informed by Musharraf envoys that the top Al Qaeda thug was bent on assassinating Bush, officials said.

Officials said it was not known if Bin Laden or his deputy, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, personally ordered Al-Libi to hit the U.S. President. Al-Libi replaced 9/11 attacks mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who was captured in Pakistan in March 2003. Al-Libi's aide and successor, Abu Hamza Rabia, was killed this month in Pakistan by a missile fired from an unmanned CIA predator drone, sources said.

How many liberals calling for Bush's impeachment because of the "secret surveillance" being conducted by the NSA are right now in the Islamists' cross-hairs, do you suppose? No doubt the answer is zero. On the other hand, how many of them do you think would be demanding that that same surveillance be expanded if they found out that they themselves were indeed being targeted? Probably about the same number that are currently wailing about Bush's alleged abuse of power.

The Spirit of Iraq

There's a photo montage which does a nice job of capturing the spirit of the recent Iraqi elections at Michael Yon's blog. Go here and follow the link. While you're watching you might keep in mind what it cost to bring this gift to the Iraqis and how important it is that we not listen to the John Murtha and Nancy Pelosi Defeatocrats when they urge us to just give up and get out.