I wonder if anyone at the New York Times considered how many Americans this story is likely to kill before they released it?
WASHINGTON — The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region, according to defense officials and military documents.
The secret directive, signed in September by Gen. David H. Petraeus, authorizes the sending of American Special Operations troops to both friendly and hostile nations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa to gather intelligence and build ties with local forces. Officials said the order also permits reconnaissance that could pave the way for possible military strikes in Iran if tensions over its nuclear ambitions escalate
While the Bush administration had approved some clandestine military activities far from designated war zones, the new order is intended to make such efforts more systematic and long term, officials said. Its goals are to build networks that could “penetrate, disrupt, defeat or destroy” Al Qaeda and other militant groups, as well as to “prepare the environment” for future attacks by American or local military forces, the document said. The order, however, does not appear to authorize offensive strikes in any specific countries.
Whew! Thank goodness we won’t be killing any Islamist butchers, eh New York Times. That’d be absolutely unconscionable!
Now, imagine you’re one of those clandestine agents who has spent the last few months working his way deep into an Al-Qaeda cell. It’s taken a lot of hard work and your life has been at risk the whole time because if your cover is blown, you’re dead.
Then some Al-Qaeda high muckity-muck hits the New York Times website and sits down for a relaxing read. Guess what’s sitting right there*?
Sucks to be you, pal? Better hope the CIA has a good death benefit plan for your family. But hey, at least you can die knowing that some anti-American slug of a journalist got that little sexy feeling deep in his loins that he gets every time he can stick one right in the eye of the evil imperialist American war machine. That’s worth dying in a squalid tent for, right?
*Don’t think the Islamist child-rapers see our biggest newspapers as valuable tools? Think again.