"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

United Press International�-�The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

United Press International�-�The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

"Pakistani government forces reported recapturing a town Tuesday from Taliban guerrillas, 11 miles from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border andTaliban fighters fled the town of Miran Shah, they still held strategic positions in nearby mountains."

According to Interior Minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao said the "stern action taken by the law enforcement agencies against the miscreants in Mir Ali and Miran Shah yielded wholesome results and it led to boost people confidence on government. Foreign hand is involved in the incidents of North Waziristan. There has been infiltration from Afghanistan as well." "50 militants (or miscreants) were killed in Miran Shah and Mir Ali." This operation will continue until they are "eliminated."

An interesting note: he also said, the "inflow of foreigners had started after 9/11 in the area."

Continuing operations like this are going on regardless of how much our press/msm have to say on the matter. Unless Americans are killed or civilians we don't hear alot of on-going info about it.

Regarding the area in discussion; in an effort to clue Senator Hillary Clinton in who said, back on February 8th of this year "You cannot explain to me why we have not captured or killed the tallest man in Afghanistan." According to the BBC, "last July, Pakistani troops - for the first time since Pakistan's creation in 1947 - entered the Tirah valley in Khyber tribal region, the Shawal valley in North Waziristan, and Mohmand agency and extended the writ of the government in these lawless areas." So regardless of the height of bin Laden, if the Pakistani government doesn't normally go there I'm pretty sure that even with the nuance and "I would have done better" of John Kerry; there is nothing easy about this area. (see map)

There is continuing interest in the possibility that bin Laden may be hiding in the Waziristan area within Pakistan. However, that said, check out a relief map sometime to get an idea of the size of the haystack.


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