by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: Right on time, as if by script, Trump’s administration has issued a stern warning to Iran for test firing a missile, which they are allowed to do according to the P5+1 agreement. What makes it interesting is they cross-purpose an accusation against the Houthis in Yemen in the same press release saying they attacked a Saudi vessel for no reason. They even produced a nifty handy video, supposedly from the Houthi boat, with them yelling “Allah Akbar” and “Death to America” and “Death to the Jews” and all the other things propaganda producers like to include in their videos which will supposedly make Yemen the villains all of a sudden as opposed to the victims. Gee, they’re so clever, aren’t they? Shades of Umar Fizzlepants right after Obama’s cruise missile attack.
Years ago I and a few others wrote about two Dec. 2009 cruise missile attacks in Yemen which then president Barack Obama ordered and which killed 23 children along with several other civilians (17 of whom were women). It was horrible. It was cruel. And it was ignored across the board by Obama’s apologists in the corporate media and his partisan fan base a.k.a. “the progressives”
At the time we were not officially at war with Yemen and our puppet dictator, Ali Saleh, was still in power. But a revolution was growing and our “national interests” were at risk, so we named the resistance “al Qaeda” and launched cruise missile attacks at two homes and killed 23 kids… all in the name of President Peace Prize.
Three days ago Chuck Schumer pretended to cry for all the little children who would supposedly be turned away from our borders by President Trump. I saw he pretend to shed no tears for those Yemeni children. Such is the state of affairs of the moral center of the unDemocratic Party.
Not to be outdone, The Donald has already unleashed a disaster of a covert operation in Yemen himself which bears remarkable similarities to two of President Peace Prize’s botched military missions.
Or, let us say, a disaster of a covert operation in Yemen has just taken place under his watch. But then again, the military undermined Obama’s and Kerry’s peace deal with Russia and Syria by attacking the Syrian military “by accident’ and then getting their “moderate” terrorists to attack a UN aid convoy… and of course Trump had just shut down entry to those same “moderate” terrorists on Friday… so…?
Similarity 1: the Quest to Kill a Honeypot Named Anwar
Of course the first of Obama’s “botched” efforts was his 2009 cruise missile strike in Yemen in which he was supposedly trying to kill a U.S. citizen named Anwar al-Awlaki.
al-Awlaki was once considered a “good moderate Muslim” by the press as he was promoted for various events by his friends… at the Pentagon. In fact, he was much more than just a good Muslim… he was a company man who was being groomed for bigger things.
“Soon after the 9/11 attacks, al-Awlaki was sought in Washington, D.C. by the media to answer questions about Islam, its rituals, and its relation to the attacks. He was interviewed by National Geographic, The New York Times, and other media. Al-Awlaki condemned the attacks. According to an NPR report in 2010, in 2001 al-Awlaki appeared to be a moderate who could “bridge the gap between the United States and the worldwide community of Muslims.” The New York Times said at the time that he was “held up as a new generation of Muslim leader capable of merging East and West.” In 2010, FOX and the New York Daily News reported that some months after the 9/11 attacks, a Pentagon employee invited al-Awlaki to a luncheon in the Secretary’s Office of General Counsel. The U.S. Secretary of the Army had suggested that a moderate Muslim be invited to give a talk.
Anwar’s father is Nasser al-Awlaki. He was the Minister of Agriculture in our Yemeni puppet dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh‘s government. Some said at the time of the attack in 2009 that Anwar was “the next bin-Laden”. Does his deeply connected family ties to our imperialist regime remind you of Osama’s connections? They should.
Anwar liked the hookers. He liked them a lot. Got busted several times for hooking up with them from what I understand. That’s probably how they sunk their hooks into him. That or his fascist daddy back in Yemen.
But they liked him and they saw he could serve their interests… not as a recruiter or a planner.. but as a honeypot. He had all the right gifts and all the right skills.
His proficiency as a public speaker and command of the English language helped him attract followers who did not speak Arabic. “He was the magic bullet”, according to the mosque spokesman Johari Abdul-Malik. “He had everything all in a box.” “He had an allure. He was charming.”
In 2002 Anwar went over to England to try his hand at luring Muslims into his web of deceit. That didn’t last long and in 2004 he moved with his family to Yemen to be around his father who was still working at the time for the brutal dictator, our brutal dictator, Saleh.
So in 2009 President Peace Prize supposedly gave an order to kill Anwar al-Awlaki in order to put an end to the rise of “al-Qaeda” in Yemen. He wasn’t there of course and 23 children and 17 women died in his stead. But they weren’t ‘al-Qaeda”. al-Qaeda works for us. They certain do in Syria, right?
In reality, Obama and the CIA was going after resistance members and they used Anwar’s name as a smoke-screen. They targeted who they wanted and the killed who they wanted. They sent a message to those in the country who would dare stand up to our ownership of their country. Under Saleh, the people of Yemen were the poorest in the world while American businessmen like Hunt made billions off their natural resources and a pipeline running from Saudi Arabia to the Gulf of Aden. The revolution threatened those “national interests” of ours so President Peace Prize took action. And he subsequently continued that kind of brutal action in the country until the day he stepped onto a helicopter and flew off into the sunset.
Later, Obama would kill Anwar with a drone strike in 2011. It was the first U.S. citizen President Obama would kill in his Globalist War OF Terror but it wouldn’t be the last.
Two weeks after that, Obama gave the approval for another CIA drone strike, this one targeting another U.S. civilian, Anwar’s 16-year-old son. He was killed in the attack.
“…a firestorm erupted when former Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs offered a sociopathic justification for killing the Colorado-born teenager, apparently blaming him for his own killing by saying he should have “had a more responsible father.” Glenn Greenwald
Anwar had never been charged or convicted of a crime in the United States other than picking up hookers back before he became the deep state’s favorite Muslim son. And Anwar’s son didn’t even have a background with hookers. Both were U.S. citizens and both were condemned to death without due process by our beloved progressive president. And then they were killed by him.
were murdered died the “progressives” said nothing. There was the re-election campaign to think about.
2. The Raid to Kill bin-Laden that Wasn’t
Osama bin-Laden was not killed on May 2, 2011 like the official record states. They did not bury him at sea without taking a single photo of him. They did not chop him up and toss him out of a helicopter in pieces like Seymour Hersh tried to tell us. None of that happened.
They staged a raid for political purposes a couple miles from a Pakistani intelligence headquarters building (Pak intel is widely known to be completely in bed with U.S., British and Israeli intelligence agencies) and they killed so old dude who lived in squalor and they probably picked him because some Pakistani military official wanted his home because it was so close to the office.
That’s why they killed the “best resource for intelligence on al-Qaeda” during the raid. That’s why they never took a photo of the guy. And that’s why they dumped his body at sea.
The lies about what happened during the raid came fast and furious. They said he went out in a blaze of gunfire. That he took a woman, his wife, and used her as a human shield. They said the “compound” was full of al-Qaeda fighters who put up a hell of a fight.
None of that was true.
The poor slob they killed was unarmed when he was executed by Seal Team 6.
The wife of the man was shot because she wouldn’t shut up.
And the others killed during the raid were his family members who lived there, not “al Qaeda”
Many of the Seal Team 6 members who took part in that dog and pony show of a raid ended up being killed themselves a short time later.
A slew of fake bin Laden death photos were released by various “unnamed official sources”. They were quickly exposed back when the internet was still a thriving and open source for discussion and investigation.
In the end, they had to come up with a story to explain why no photos were taken and they landed on “Special Ops commander demanded they be destroyed” … for national security and such.
In the dead of night a U.S. military team roared into a quite area in Pakistan and conducted a brutal raid on unsuspecting targets killing nearly everyone in the buildings. But it wasn’t without cost.
They wrecked a helicopter when they first landed and had to get a back-up to come pick them up. The wrecked chopper had to be destroyed before they left.
In the end, this is what they ended up with in terms of proof that they killed Osama bin-Laden as he was sitting in his command center planning and plotting “al-Qaeda” terrorists attacks across the globe.
The model they used for this PR photo shoot was clearly NOT bin-Laden though that was the crappy little shit-hole the poor slob who died lived in. The one raided by our best military strike team.
Heck of a command center, ain’t it?
3. And Now For The Donald’s (?) Contribution to the Globalists War OF Terror
The numbers of the dead are hard to get a fix on at this time but this is what we know so far.
According to reports from NBC based on statements made by unnamed “military officials”, President Trump authorized a covert military action to take place in Yemen with “boots on the ground”. On Sunday, Jan. 29th 2017, he authorized the supersecret Joint Special Operations Command to send Seal Team 6 into Southern Yemen to supposedly go after some “computer equipment” being used by “al-Qaeda”
I guess that is a branch of “al-Qaeda” not affiliated with the “al-Qaeda” we are using to destabilize Syria or the ones we used in Libya to overthrow Gaddafi. Or something like that. Confusing, isn’t it?
Right now, the story goes something like this (but we all know it will probably change):
“… Contrary to earlier reporting, the senior military official said, the raid was Trump’s first clandestine strike — not a holdover mission approved by President Barack Obama. The mission involved “boots on the ground” at an al Qaeda camp near al Bayda in south central Yemen, the official said.
“Almost everything went wrong,” the official said.
An MV-22 Osprey experienced a hard landing near the site, injuring several SEALs, one severely. The tilt-rotor aircraft had to be destroyed. A SEAL was killed during the firefight on the ground, as were some noncombatants, including females…
The senior military official said the 8-year-old girl, Nawar al-Awlaki, also known as Nora, was among the noncombatants killed in the raid, which also resulted in the death of several Yemeni women. U.S. officials said some of the women who were killed, however, were combatants and had opened fire on the SEALs as they approached the al Qaeda camp.
The girl’s grandfather, Nasser al-Awlaki, Yemen’s former agriculture minister, told NBC News a different story. He identified his granddaughter as the dead girl from a photo taken at the scene of the raid but based his description on what happened at the camp on conversations with what he characterized as Yemeni sources.
“My granddaughter was staying for a while with her mother, so when the attack came, they were sitting in the house, and a bullet struck her in her neck at 2:30 past midnight. Other children in the same house were killed,” al-Awlaki said. He said the girl died two hours after being shot.
“They [the SEALs] entered another house and killed everybody in it, including all the women. They burned the house. There is an assumption there was a woman [in the house] from Saudi Arabia who was with al Qaeda. All we know is that she was a children’s teacher.”…
The child’s mother, Anwar al-Awlaki’s widow, survived the raid with a minor wound, according to Nasser al-Awlaki. However, Anwar al-Awlaki’s brother-in-law was killed in the raid. The death toll varies according to the sourcing, with the Pentagon saying 14 militants died, along with “numerous” civilians. Nasser al-Awlaki said Yemenis were circulating a body count of combatants and civilians as high as 59.” NBC News
The similarities are striking, are they not?
Seal Team 6: a wrecked military air craft left behind; the extrajudicial
murder death of a U.S. citizen named al-Awlaki: the nebulous connection to “al-Qaeda” as justification: the ever shifting facts of the story?
4. So Who Did It and Why?
Reporting on this new story is sparse. Most seems to be tracking back to the original NBC News story published yesterday. The same one I quoted above. CBS did a story on it on the 29th in which they make the claim that Donald Trump personally authorized the mission.
“CBS News correspondent David Martin confirms the raid, carried out by Navy SEAL Team 6, was approved by Mr. Trump.” CBS
A lot of the reporting is over the top with outlets like the Daily Beast publishing headlines like “Donald “Kill Their Families” Trump Played Right Into al-Qaeda’s Hand” as Glenn Greenwald reminded us that Trump “notoriously vowed during the campaign to target not only terrorists but also their families.”
A Tweet from CBS news purports to include a statement from the Trump White House regarding the attack:
As you can see, not a single mention of the civilians and that 8-year-old U.S. citizen killed in the attack other than to suggest they are part of the “evil of radical Islamic terrorism”
The Blaze reports that this is an official statement from the White House and they cite CBS news as their source.
CBS doesn’t say where they got their version.
I’ve tracked it back as far as a U.S. Department of Defense webpage but they don’t link to any official White House release either.
The Daily Mail reports on the statement as if it were fact, yet also fails to link it back to any official White House source.
Frankly, I can’t find anything linking that statement back to the White House prior to that Defense Department posting, which I give about as much credit as I do the story about the military accidentally shelling the Syrian army just as the peace treaty died on arrival.
Sean Spicer was asked about the killing and he said the Trump administration “would never target U.S. citizens” which for me is a far cry from saying they will never kill U.S. citizens or stop targeting civilians of any nationality. But that’s just me and damn lefty inclinations popping up again.
But that was it. That’s all I could find from any official source regarding the White House’s take on this attack.
Glenn Greenwald also buys into the “White House statement” in his article about the raid but he does go a bit further like I did on giving us the background this story deserves. I just wonder if he didn’t go far enough.
“In a hideous symbol of the bipartisan continuity of U.S. barbarism, Nasser al-Awlaki just lost another one of his young grandchildren to U.S. violence. On Sunday, the Navy’s SEAL Team 6, using armed Reaper drones for cover, carried out a commando raid on what it said was a compound harboring officials of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. A statement issued by President Trump lamented the death of an American service member and several others who were wounded, but made no mention of any civilian deaths…
As noted by my colleague Jeremy Scahill — who extensively interviewed the grandparents in Yemen for his book and film on Obama’s “Dirty Wars” — the girl “was shot in the neck and killed,” bleeding to death over the course of two hours. “Why kill children?” the grandfather asked. “This is the new (U.S.) administration — it’s very sad, a big crime.”…
As my colleague Matthew Cole reported in great detail just weeks ago, Navy SEAL Team 6, for all its public glory, has a long history of “‘revenge ops,’ unjustified killings, mutilations, and other atrocities.” And Trump notoriously vowed during the campaign to target not only terrorists but also their families. All of that demands aggressive, independent inquiries into this operation.” Glenn Greenwald
After Bush continued with the Clinton plan and Obama took on the Bush agenda as well, assuming continuity from one leader of the free world to the next is a completely understandable act for a journalist. Especially when dead children are piling up all around them.
But I am an investigative journalist who also considers context when I report and though I started off this article angry and disgusted with Trump and ready to come to the same conclusions all of my better paid colleagues have, instinct and experience give me pause.
I wrote about Umar Fizzlepants and that ridiculously cobbled together “underwear bomber” psyop years ago. About how it was thrown together to grab all the headlines right after President Peace Prize murdered 23 kids in Yemen. Scahill and Greenwald never seemed capable of making that connection. But it was obvious to me. You have to take the context of the situation into consideration when these deep state events unfold. Nothing happens happens in a vacuum. Not even terrorism.
I also wrote about how on the 8th Day of a proposed peace deal with the Russians and the Syrians, the US Special Operations Command seems to have given an order to the “moderate” terrorists they control to attack a UN aid convoy outside Eastern Aleppo. The purpose of that was to end the peace deal before it matured and the Pentagon would have to hand over all their files on “ISIS” in the region to the Russians. They didn’t want to do that even though the president and Secretary of State signed off on the deal. They didn’t want to do that because “ISIS” are their contractors (soon to be Starbucks employees) and they weren’t finished with them yet.
I don’t know if some military leaders submarined the Syrian peace deal without approval from the pres and Sec. of State but it is possible. Many other writers came to that conclusion, as did I in the end. But it is still possible that various military leaders took matters into their own hands and demoed the deal on their own accord. Which is a troubling thought.
The New York Times was one of the first publications to report Trump gave the order for the attack in Yemen. They cite “military officials”
“The military’s Joint Special Operations Command had been planning the mission for months, according to three senior American officials. Obama administration aides had deliberated extensively over the proposed operation, weighing the value of any information that might be recovered against the risk to the Special Operations forces plunging into hostile territory. But administration officials ultimately opted to hand the decision on the mission to their successors.
Mr. Trump, who has vowed to increase pressure on militant groups worldwide, was quickly persuaded that the rewards were worth the gamble, and he authorized the mission last week, military officials said. Commandos waited for a moonless evening on Saturday to exploit their advantage of fighting at night.” New York Times
Like the military, I have a hard time believing anything that comes from the New York Times as well but you can sometimes find nuggets of truth buried in the story that expose a little less known truth… or at least get you closer to it.
Special Operations Command was in charge of the raid.
And it is Special Operations Command that runs our “irregular warfare” operations with indigenous assets in places like Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan aren’t they?
And… who did President Trump piss off on Friday when he basically told all their “moderate” terrorist contractors that they weren’t welcome back here in the land of the Big PX?
That’s right… he pissed off Special Operation Command’s “moderate” terrorist proxy warriors.
And on Saturday night late, they decided to dust off an old Obama plan to attack and kill some more members of the Awlaki family knowing full well Trump would get a lot of heat for it?
And one of them was an eight year old girl who just happened to be a U.S. citizen?
Now, it could be that Trump gave the order to do it and they went in to kill Anwar’s brother-in-law without knowing his daughter would be caught in the cross fire. And it could be the silence from the White House is due to that mess up and the fact that the fake left is protesting everything he does anyway already so he wants to stay as far from the event as possible.
But it could also be yet another incident where we seem to have high ranking military officials making decisions on their own that directly undermine official White House policy or the office of the president himself. We know this issue with keeping the “moderate” terrorists out of the country was a big enough issue for Trump’s acting AG to tell her lawyers not to defend official policy and then get fired for doing it. So, is it possible that the issue is also a big enough of a deal to our Special Operations commanders to give an order to attack a compound knowing full well it would weaken Trump and add fuel to the fire burning under him set by those dedicated to getting him removed from office?
We live in interesting times don’t we? Nothing is really off the table when it comes to these people. They will shoot your 8-year-old daughter and they will eat their own if they have to in service to the greater good.
What exactly happened is hard too say. Either way, it’s pretty damn ugly.