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March 31, 2005

Foggy Bottom Throws a Block for bin Laden

The corrosive effects of moonbattery have made themselves known at the State Department, so that it is unfortunately clear that not all members of that left-leaning community have their hearts in the War on Terror. But would any American diplomats actually go out of their way to prevent US forces from capturing Osama bin Laden? Apparently one of them would — and did.

Since 9/11, Pakistan has been crucial to the struggle against al Qaeda. More than 600 members of al Qaeda have been killed or captured there since 2001, including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who planned the 9/11 attacks. Pakistan is where bin Laden's trail went cold after Tora Bora.

Even before 9/11, Pakistan was a key country in the hunt for terrorists. Mir Amal Kansi, who shot several CIA employees in front of that agency's headquarters in Langley in 1993, was arrested in Pakistan two years later when a local who had seen a matchbook advertising the $5 million price on his head turned him in.

All of this considered, the taxpayers' money was well spent when it was used to print up thousands of matchbooks, posters, and other items in languages spoken in Pakistan, advertising the $25 million reward being offered for information leading to the capture of bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders.

Or at least the money would have been well spent, if the items had been distributed. Unfortunately they fell into the hands of America's Ambassador to Pakistan, Nancy Powell, who "impounded" the material on embassy grounds for several years.

Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) got wind of this, but not until 2004. Thanks to his sustained efforts, Powell is now serving at Foggy Bottom headquarters in DC, where it is hoped she won't be able to cause as much damage.

Powell's explanation to Kirk for her outlandish behavior was that finding bin Laden was only one of a number of priorities. Although her specific motivations are not known, some form of moonbattery would be the most likely explanation for her actions, given the milieu in which diplomats work. Prior to joining the State Department in 1977, Powell had spent the last six years teaching social studies. Regrettably this did not raise any red flags in the bureaucracy.

Now Ryan Crocker, "a take-charge guy" who is "far more aggressive in pursuing the bin Laden account" is in charge of the Islamabad embassy, and the Rewards for Justice program that Powell suppressed is in high gear. But precious time has been lost; for all we know, bin Laden is in Iran now. Instead of thanking Allah for the fact that he's still on the loose, he might want to thank the same Foggy Bottom climate of pervasive idiotarianism that Powell can thank for having been entrusted with such a critical position.

Colin Powell (no relation to Nancy, I'm pretty sure) had his strong points as Secretary of State, but he was not the guy to take on the deeply ingrained moonbattery that used to be so well documented by the late and much lamented blog The Diplomad. It's as if our foreign policy were being implemented largely by left-wing college professors — pretentious fools who live in an alternate reality of pure bloviation and do not have America's best interests at heart. Nancy Powell is living proof of just how counterproductive this state of affairs can be.

Fixing this is going to be like cleaning the Augean Stables, but if anyone's up to the job, it's Condi Rice. Here's wishing her luck.

Source: New York Sun; hat tip: It's a Matter of Opinion.

Cross-posted at The Wide Awakes.

Posted by Van Helsing at March 31, 2005 6:03 AM


So, when are you going to get on that Barack Obama writing a letter to MoveOn in support of Grand Kleagle Byrd thing? I though you;d be all over that.

Posted by: V the K at March 31, 2005 7:05 AM

Condi is a serious woman, who happens to love her country. Let's hope she can clear out all the cobwebs of Foggy Bottom. Great post!

Posted by: Raven at March 31, 2005 6:47 PM

V the K,

Thanks for the prod, I'm on it.

Posted by: Van Helsing at March 31, 2005 10:32 PM