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rise, ghosts of war

Yes, I feel gratified. Why do you ask?

The United States killed six suspected al Qaeda members in Yemen Monday morning, including the man wanted in the bombing of the USS Cole, with a Hellfire missile fired from an unmanned CIA drone at the car in which they were traveling, sources told CNN.

Memories Can't Ignore
Anguish Of Before
Satisfy The Score
Rise Ghosts Of War

- Slayer, Ghosts of War

There ain't no need for ya
Go straight to hell boys

- Clash, Straight to Hell


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Do they stencil a kill on the drone or on the remote control console?

I heard the report on the radio, and was struck by the word "suspected". The car looked as if it were alone in the desert. I wonder why they didn't capture and interrogate the occupants. It's kind of funny that blowing up a car with 6 suspects in it, makes for an open and shut case, whereas keeping them alive makes things complicated.

I'd love to understand how such decisions are made, and how a drone can identify occupants in a car. The people in charge must have had their own form of confirmation that they can't share with the press. I'm not criticizing the action, but the word suspected is sticking to the back of my neck.

Chickens coming home to roost. The six men were terrorist who were active in the bombing of the Cole near Yemen. They are among the first of many who are going to feel the long-term sting of the US. There are people in cavernous underground offices whose job it is to track these animals down and inhibit their lives. Years from now, those people will still be piecing it together and finding the culprits and surprising them. Just when they have settled into their lives believing that the trail has gone cold, they will see a shadow in their rear view mirror and will find themselves abruptly ushered into the "paradise of multi-virginal bliss".

Hellfires were designed to be a one shot kill missile on the Russian T-80 tanks with their reactive armor. You can bet that car was turned into a very fine cloud of ash.

I wonder if the gun-camera footage is available to download yet...

I have to agree with Chris. Something about using the word "suspects" just doesn't sit well with me at all. If it had been in America, those "suspects" would have had a trial and everything. Instead they were blown up in the middle of the desert. Doesn't seem quite right.

Please remember you're getting this information through the filter of the liberal-assed American media. These are the same people who spin an article on Greenpeace protesters chaining themselves to gas pumps to imply they didn't do it themselves, but rather had it done to them.

If they even bother with fact-checking anymore, the CIA won't give them the time of day (and rightly so), so they're reduced to sneering speculation...something they excel at

During a time of war (declared by Congress or not), expecting security agencies to freely provide potentially compromising information, information that will likely result in the death of the agents involved, is ridiculous.

I consider this action a rare positive ROI on my tax dollars.

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They had been being watched for some time, it is reported. They were driving towards a city where the American ambassador was appearing. And, it is reported that there were secondary explosions, as if the car contained explosives. And, the conclusion to draw is...

Julie and Chris, don't be weenies. They're each enjoying 72 virgins right now, though how well, with their parts all in parts...

If the media is so liberal-assed I wonder why I don't hear daily reports of all the things Ken Lay and Andrew Fastow are doing rather than jail time. I don't think it's ridiculous to consider why a news report contained the word "suspected" rather than "confirmed". Usage of one word for another compromises nothing. We hear such vacuous abbreviated reports. Perhaps it's just the pitfalls of soundbyte deconstruction.

However, I'm perfectly willing to be roasted as a weenie for questioning the methods and actions by which people are killed by us. I'm not saying it wasn't justified, and I trust the people in charge to make the right decisions. I just found it curious, and hadn't freely dismissed it as media propaganda.


If they even bother with fact-checking anymore, the CIA won't give them the time of day (and rightly so), so they're reduced to sneering speculation...something they excel at

So the media is damned if they do try to fact-check, and damned if they don't?