Bombs Away; How Does It Feel Mr President?
On the third day President Obama bombed inside Pakistani borders, killing at least seventeen people.
The first strike, which killed 10 people, occurred about 5:15 p.m. (7:15 a.m. ET) in a village near Mir Ali in North Waziristan, the officials said. Seven people died in the second hit at 7:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. ET) near Wana, the major town in South Waziristan, 17 miles (27 kilometers)
In a remarkably civil tone Pakistani authorities all suggest this is at best counterproductive.
"It helps us in no way conducting our operations," Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas told CNN. "We are trying to create to wean away the tribe at large from the militant component of the tribe. But it diminishes the line which divides the militant component and the tribe at large."
Abbas said, "We face much more difficulty as a result of drone strikes, and we have conveyed our position on that" to the United States.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if White House reporters would ask the President the following line of questions.
How does it feel to know you just blew up 17 people? Oh, and for the record, what’s the mission, sir? Are the Pakistani’s our friends and why are we not listening to them?