Fatster’s News Roundup from July 1, 2012

By: Monday July 2, 2012 6:15 am

Fatster compiles headlines and links from the stories you might have missived over the weekend, including articles on rendition, drone strikes, Burma, Barclays Bank thieves, House GOP underfunding, dumb ALEC, Rick Scott’s voter purge, private prisons, flood insurance, Jack Lew, Eric Holder ConED strike, phony pregnancy centers, reproductive rights, and much more.

Fatster’s New Roundup from June 19th, 2012

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 6:17 am

Fatster’s roundup of news stories you might have missed, including articles on United Nations special rapporteur, drone strikes, Russian attack helicopters, Emancipation Proclamation, Obama and Putin, austerity, recession, ALEC, public schools, war on women and more

Drone Strikes in Pakistan Resume After Key ISI-CIA Meeting

By: Thursday April 14, 2011 7:40 am

On Tuesday, Marcy Wheeler pointed out that the meeting in Washington between Leon Panetta and his Pakistani counterpart, ISI head Lt. General Ahmed Shuja Pasha was cut short. A key topic in the meeting was the ongoing tension over US drone strikes in Pakistan. On cue, and apparently while Pasha was still in transit back from Washington, four drone-fired missiles struck in South Waziristan on Wednesday, killing four and prompting more protests from Pakistan. This strike was the first since a strike on March 17, the day after Raymond Davis was released, killed a large number of civilians, provoking widespread outrage in Pakistan and leading to a halt in US strikes.

Drone Strikes Again on Hold as US-Pakistan Relations Continue to Deteriorate

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 7:59 am

As relations between the US and Pakistan continue to deteriorate, it appears that drone strikes have again been put on hold. I can find no reports of any strikes since the March 17 strike on a village jirga killed over forty people. This strike especially infuriated Pakistan, coming just a day after Raymond Davis was released and, despite ample evidence of many civilians being killed, the initial US response was defiant, claiming that only militants were killed and that those killed “weren’t gathering for a bake sale”. Pakistan immediately canceled its participation in the already delayed (due to the Davis case again) trilateral meeting with the US and Afghanistan. I can find no new date yet announced for this meeting. The US military has clearly stated that General David Petraeus has not apologized to Pakistan’s military for the strike and now General James (fun to shoot some people) Mattis is meeting with the head of Pakistan’s army today. This meeting comes amid yet another escalation in the diplomatic break between the two countries, as Dawn reports that a number of US military personnel have been barred from the leaving the country.

Spy vs. Spy: Davis Long Known by Pakistan to be CIA?

By: Monday February 21, 2011 7:00 am

From the very first reports of Raymond Davis’ killing of two Pakistanis and subsequent arrest, the insistence he was just a consular employee was obviously just polite fiction. The Guardian has stopped sustaining that fiction.

The fiction that Pakistan has nothing to do with our drone campaign depends on mutual trust and sustenance of the fiction. The ISI has to be willing to play its part. And it’s not clear everyone wants to play that game anymore.

Mutually Exclusive Stories on US Drone, Helicopter Strikes in Pakistan Continue

By: Friday November 26, 2010 3:00 pm

Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir spoke on Wednesday in Islamabad and once again reiterated the official Pakistani line that no foreign helicopter or drone raids would be allowed inside Pakistan. As if in response, we see from Dawn. com that both helicopter and drone attacks occurred again today. How long will this charade of completely different public and real stances be tolerated?

Preparing the American Invasion of Pakistan

By: Friday June 4, 2010 9:00 am

Are we preparing for an American invasion of Pakistan’s tribal regions? Actions by the Pakistani military, comments from the intelligence community, and even the White House response to new terror attacks seem to suggest these preparations are already under way. And no good can come of it.

Problem: CIA Drone Program Under Attack. Solution: al Qaeda Number 3!

By: Tuesday June 1, 2010 7:00 am

What a coincidence! Just as we learn that Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings is about to recommend to the UN Human Rights Commission that the CIA be removed from the drone program, with only the military controlling drones in the future, it suddenly turns out that a CIA-directed drone has killed the number 3 person in al Qaeda.

General McChrystal Has No Idea What’s Going On in Afghanistan

By: Friday May 7, 2010 5:15 pm

McChrystal and Eikenberry’s plan for measuring progress is absolutely required if we care at all about the truth in Afghanistan. However, the variable in this plan is not necessarily the ability to produce these assessments, but access to the reliable, accurate information sources which provide the backbone of these assessments.

Times Square Terrorism: Examining the Impact of Drone Strikes

By: Friday May 7, 2010 10:50 am

The alleged Times Square Bomber, Faisal Shahzad, has apparently claimed that the US drone strikes in Pakistan were part of his motivation to carry out the failed car bomb attack. This has brought on a serious, thought-provoking discussion by many in the foreign policy community on whether or not, or rather how exactly, the war in Afghanistan provides impetus for terrorist attacks against the United States and our allies. Since Shahzad brought it up, we should look at how the policy of drone strikes affects us personally.

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