Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – Can you point to Yemen on a map, listener? I would struggle to point to Yemen on a map, and the only reason I might know where it is is because I have recently looked to see because the country’s name keeps coming up. Can you point to Yemen on a map? Here’s an even better question. Can you point to a declaration of war from these United States against the country of Yemen? Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
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Mike: “Embassies Open, but Yemen Stays on Terror Watch,” this story, we didn’t complete the discussion of this yesterday. Let’s get into it today. Listen to this:
American diplomatic outposts reopened throughout the Middle East on Sunday, easing the sense of imminent danger that has preoccupied the Obama administration since it learned of a possible terrorist attack . . .
But the one embassy that remained closed — in Sana, the capital of Yemen — underscored the challenges President Obama faces in trying to wind down the nation’s decade-long campaign against Al Qaeda and its affiliates, and reshape the nation’s counterterrorism strategy. [Mike: When I get into the details of this, you’re going to be shocked.]
In response to the latest threat, the United States has unleashed a barrage of drone strikes in that impoverished country, but it is unclear to what extent it has reduced the persistent and deadly threat from an increasingly decentralized Qaeda organization. The United States has carried out nine strikes in Yemen since July 28, broadening its target list beyond the high-level leaders it has always said are the main objective of the attacks.
Senior American counterterrorism and intelligence officials say the lack of certainty about the effectiveness of the latest drone strikes is a sobering reminder of the limitations of American power to deal with the array of new security threats the turmoil of the Arab Spring has produced.
Mike: I must have misread this. If I were reading this critically, I believe what it just said was that those that have ordered the drone strikes don’t know who it is that they have killed in Yemen. Can you point to Yemen on a map, listener? I would struggle to point to Yemen on a map, and the only reason I might know where it is is because I have recently looked to see because the country’s name keeps coming up. Can you point to Yemen on a map? Here’s an even better question. Can you point to a declaration of war from these United States against the country of Yemen?
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Does it not bother anyone other than me that civilians are being killed by American drones flying over a country that we are not currently at war with? Someone else has to have this thought in their mind that maybe, just maybe if you keep killing people that are not Al Qaeda leaders and are not viewed by their neighbors as being in on the terrorist cabal, that they may start getting pissed off about it. I don’t know. I guess if it happened over Dallas, Texas or somewhere, people might say: Hey, why are the Chinese killing people in Dallas? Let’s go to war. But if the people in Yemen said it, [mocking] “Hey, you shouldn’t have been born in Yemen, you Islamic creep. We have a right to obliterate you and your entire little country if we want to because we’re Americans and there might be some terrorist there.” Really? This is reprehensible. You don’t know who it is that you’ve killed, but you keep ordering the strikes? My goodness.
Could we at least get the Congress to sign off on this? Could we at least get the Congress to say: Where are you guys getting the money and the authority to bomb people into the stone ages in Yemen, Mr. Obama? We’re using the authorization to use military force from 2001 to go after Al Qaeda and associates. Does that blanket authorization mean that if you think you have an Al Qaeda target in your sights, it doesn’t matter over what country it is that you can indiscriminately use ordnance and kill people that are not those that we have basically what amounts to a letter of mark and reprisal against a bunch of pirates? What if we’re not getting the pirates? What if you’re getting the deckhands? Here’s an even better one. What if you’re just getting the guys that are on the docks of the ship that have nothing to do with the ship, they just happen to be there where the pirate ship is docked? Alas, we cannot answer that question. Reading further into the story, maybe we can get an answer.
Recently, American officials have also expressed heightened fears about an emerging Qaeda affiliate in Syria; prison breaks in Pakistan, Libya and Iraq that have set free hundreds of potential terrorists; an apparent inability to arrest Libyan suspects indicted in connection with the lethal attack [Mike: Imagine that. We issued edicts from on high here in Washington, DC and ordered the arrest of these perps in Libya. Those idiots refused to obey our almighty supreme law. Have you ever heard of such an arrogance out there in the international community? What is going on over there?] on the American mission in Benghazi last year; and a new sanctuary in southern Libya for extremists across North and West Africa.
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Mike: Let me see if I understand this. Gaddafi was evil and despicable and we had to take him out because, I don’t know, because we had to. I think BP told us that we needed to get rid of BP because he wasn’t going to fork over access to some of the oil that’s there in Libya. For whatever, the CIA goes in there and assists in the assassination and kills Gaddafi. Prior to Gaddafi’s assassination and to Muammar Gaddafi — who by the way was not a good man. He was a terrorist but we knew where he was at nearly all times. He was responsible for the Pan Am bombing of the plane that crashed over Lockerbie, Scotland, of that I am certain. As a matter of fact, there are international courts that basically concluded — I’m trying to think of the guy that was imprisoned in Scotland that they released. AG, do you know that guy’s name? You remember the Lockerbie bomber, they released him because he allegedly had cancer. It was Megrahi, I want to say, al-Megrahi.
AG: I can picture him coming off the plane.
Mike: We know that Gaddafi participated in this. I guess it’s the old adage the evil you know versus the evil you don’t know. Why is there Al Qaeda now spreading across the southern and western parts of Libya? They weren’t there before. They weren’t in Iraq before we went in there and declared war against those people and invaded that country. Now we’ve worked our magic in Libya. We’re about to do it again in Syria. Yet there is no outcry from the American public to stop this. Patrick J. Buchanan, who is a reluctant latecomer to some of these events, has written recently: You’ve got to stop this. You’re creating more enemies than you can possibly ever exterminate. Just stop it. Let’s deal with the madness that we’ve already created, bring the troops home, stop the interventions there, then maybe, just maybe, some form of stability will find its way into the affairs of the caustic Middle East. I think that’s the other part of this that is just a utopian pipedream. There is no and has been no what we call stability in these parts. Why would we think that we can force it upon those people? The only attempts at it was when the British went in there as colonialists and basically took over some of that. They didn’t sit in there and say: We’re going to let you run the show, but we’re going to help you manage it. The Brits went in there and said: We’re going to run the show. You guys get some of the leftovers, but we’re going to run the show. Then we have this story today:
A rebranded version of Iraq’s al-Qaeda affiliate is surging onto the front lines of the war in neighboring Syria, expanding into territory seized by other rebel groups and carving out the kind of sanctuaries that the U.S. military spent more than a decade fighting to prevent in Iraq and Afghanistan. [Mike: In other words, thousands upon thousands dead, 30,000 to 40,000 maimed or wounded, $2 trillion in debt, a country turned upside down, over 100,000 casualties among the Iraqi people and for what?]
In the four months since the Iraqi al-Qaeda group changed its name to reflect its growing ambitions, it has forcefully asserted its presence in some of the towns and villages captured from Syrian government forces. It has been bolstered by an influx of thousands of foreign fighters from the region and beyond.
Mike: Ladies and gentlemen, if you’re not up to speed on this and if you don’t know where I’m going with this, let me just lay it on the line. Senator John McCain, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Kelly Ayotte, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and the rest of them want to take money that you are going to have extricated from your productive wages or your productive endeavors today. They want to take part of that dough, after they have confiscated it at the end of the IRS’s gun barrel, they want to take that money and packet some of it together and take it and buy weapons and send the weapons to the rebels in Syria. As I have just reported to you, the rebels are Al Qaeda.
Wait a minute. Hold on just a cotton pickin’ minute here. Earlier this hour I talked a little bit, maybe some of you were listening, about the authorization to use military force and about the congressional act that said members of Al Qaeda that had perpetrated the atrocities of 9/11 in New York City and Washington, DC and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, that they were fair game, that the president had the authority to pursue them and use American forces to bring them to justice or eliminate the threat, whatever the case may be. I was just talking to you about how we don’t even know who it is we’re indiscriminately bombing back into the stone ages in Yemen. Purportedly it may be members of Al Qaeda. So while you’re taking members of Al Qaeda out in Yemen, or alleging to take them out, they are now being created and funded by the American government, by our government in Syria. Is there something wrong with this picture? Maybe there’s something right with this picture and I just don’t get it. Good grief!
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