Moral Rectitude? No, John Brennan is a Honey Badger

A tweet yesterday by Arif Rafiq noted that there was a US drone strike in North Waziristan yesterday just a few hours before Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would visit a spot only 20 miles away. At the New York Times article Rafiq linked:

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan visited a military camp in the tribal district of North Waziristan on Thursday in what was seen as a pointed show of support and an attempt to bolster his troubled relationship with the country’s top generals.

The rare visit by Mr. Sharif to the tribal belt came three months after the military launched a sweeping offensive against the Taliban in North Waziristan, a hub of Taliban and Qaeda activity.


His visit to Miram Shah, the main town in North Waziristan, on Thursday showed Mr. Sharif standing staunchly behind the country’s generals. “Our courageous troops are fighting a difficult war against an invisible enemy,” he told soldiers. “This is a war for the survival of Pakistan.”

Pakistan’s military claims that 80 percent of North Waziristan has been wrested from the militants and that at least 1,000 militants have been killed in the offensive, known as Zarb-e-Azb, which started on June 15. The figures are impossible to independently verify because the area is out of bounds for most reporters.

According to Pakistan Today, Sharif was emphatic in claiming victory by Pakistan over the militants they were attacking in North Waziristan:

Praising Pakistan Army for the success of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, the prime minister said he visited areas of North Waziristan which used to be havens for terrorists but now the army had purged all anti-state elements from there.

Despite Sharif’s claim of total victory over the terrorists, the US obviously feels the job is not complete, as drone strikes this week have been heavy, including the strike Rafiq notes in the Times article as only 20 miles from where Sharif would visit a few hours later.

The beginning of this week was marked by observance of Eid-ul-Azha, but the religious holiday had no bearing on the timing of drone strikes by the CIA. This Express Tribune article notes that US drone strikes in North Waziristan killed five in the pre-dawn hours Monday, another five later on Monday, six early Tuesday, and another eight also on Tuesday.

And then as AP recounts, there were two separate attacks overnight Wednesday and Thursday that killed five more. Near the end of the Times article linked by Rafiq, we get the observation of how close in location and timing it was to Sharif’s visit:

In an unexpected turn, Mr. Sharif’s visit also had an unusual dimension in terms of his relationship with the United States. Hours before he arrived, an American drone fired a missile at a vehicle in Datta Khel, 20 miles west of the camp where Mr. Sharif visited. Four people were killed and two were wounded, a Pakistani security official said on the condition of anonymity.

Clearly, when it comes to drone strikes in Pakistan, John Brennan is a honey badger. He don’t care about religious holidays. He don’t care about the Pakistani military claiming to have established control of North Waziristan. He don’t care about the Prime Minister entering the area. John Brennan just don’t care.

Who ever heard of a honey badger with moral rectitude?

4 replies
  1. Don Bacon says:

    Unconfirmed reports ….five of the occupants died on the spot whereas several others suffered injuries.
    The reports on drone attacks and their impact could not be verified from independent sources because media is not allowed access to the area
    Pakistani intelligence officials …speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.
    However, officials at Miramshah confirmed …The officials also said… a Pakistani security official said on the condition of anonymity.

    • chronicle says:

      quote”…on the condition of anonymity” unquote

      That should be tattooed on the forehead of ever single government official in Murka.

      Meanwhile, “The moon is made of green cheese” said a high ranking government official on the condition of anonymity. However.a department spoke person speaking on the condition of anonymity commented.. “The government official who said that is an idiot.” Meanwhile, reports of ” samples of moon green cheese having been brought back to earth via Apollo 9″ have been confirmed as truth by USG officials speaking on the condition of anonymity. Unfortunately, other officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, cited the previous official statement as “hogwash”. Whitehouse admin officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, claimed “anyone who has one neuron of sense, knows the moon is made of green cheese. To lie in the face of reality is ludicrous.” A CIA spokesperson, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said..”we cannot confirm nor deny reports of moon green cheese being brought back to earth”. Other officials at NASA, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said..”hell yeah we got it. Big deal. So what” . On the other hand, Senate staffers, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the Intel committee Senators were “furious they hadn’t been given a taste yet”, and are ready to subpoena “every goddamned official at NASA!” House chairman staffers, speaking on the condition of anonymity said “the minority whip called the entire Senate “a ship of buffoons”..while confirming, on the condition of anonymity of course, the “entire House convened a sekrit ‘tasting session”. Whereby, FBI officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said..”those House sonsabitchs leaked classified info and we’re gonna hang em” Meanwhile, DOJ officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity said..”James Comey is a moron. Who in the world would arrest the entire House???” Whitehouse officials responding to the DOJ, speaking on the condition of anonymity said..”go get em Comey!!”
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  2. bloopie2 says:

    2002: “The United States government is actively intervening in Bolivia’s choice of new president next month, warning that US aid will be withdrawn if the socialist Evo Morales is appointed.”

    2014: “Bolivia is riding an economic high partly based on greater state control of natural resources and an unusually long period of political stability – not what critics expected when Evo Morales, coca farmer, unionist and the country’s first indigenous president, was elected in 2005.”

    Let’s see now, where shall we intervene next?

  3. chronicle says:

    quote”Clearly, when it comes to drone strikes in Pakistan, John Brennan is a honey badger.”unquote

    I’m sorry, but you are wrong emptywheel. Badgers do not lie. Nor do they murder their fellow badgers.. or kill for anything other than food. No, Brennan isn’t a badger. He’s simply an evil, lying, murdering psychopath who runs a cabal of same.

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