Sunday, January 24, 2010
…A suspected U.S. drone crashed in Pakistan’s lawless tribal area near the Afghan border Sunday…
Suspected U.S. drone? Who else owns and operates drones in that area?
…Local tribesman in North Waziristan were congratulating each other for shooting down the drone, said resident Saudur Rehman. But the Pakistani army rejected similar claims after a drone crashed in neighboring South Waziristan in 2008, saying it was a technical problem.
‘I saw that the aircraft was coming down and finally crashed in an open area a distance from me,’ said Rehman, who indicated he heard gunfire just before the crash. “Tribesmen are celebrating and congratulating each other for shooting it down.”…
OK, so you see this drone lumbering around up there, you hear a bunch of small-arms gunfire, and the drone comes down. Whoever thinks it died from a heart Attack has been sleeping too much, and cannot wake up.
…In the roughly three weeks following the attack, suspected U.S. drones carried out 12 missile strikes in North and South Waziristan, an unprecedented volley since the covert CIA-led program began in earnest in Pakistan two years ago….
The drones have been doing a good job. Good for our troops, bad for the enemy.
…The Pakistani government has demanded that the U.S. give it its own drones so it can carry out strikes. The U.S. has resisted, but U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said during his recent visit that Washington was considering giving Pakistan unarmed drones for intelligence and reconnaissance purposes…
Sure, go ahead. Might as well give away our Predator Drone technology. We’ve given away everything else politicians can think of. Without missiles it still has all the control systems, and if Pakistan has nuclear bombs they sure as the devil have missiles and the ability to arm the drones.
…The militants have responded with a wave of killings targeting people they suspect of helping facilitate the drone strikes, including six Pakistani men whose bodies were found in two different areas of North Waziristan on Monday.
Pakistani intelligence officials have said at least 30 of their operatives were killed in North Waziristan in 2009, many with notes attached to the bodies alleging they were U.S. spies.
The six bodies found Sunday had similar notes, said intelligence officials and residents….
And that tells the world why it is so difficult to find locals who will step up to the plate. And it emphasizes the fact that we should never release critical weapons-systems technology. Especially to a struggling regime that can’t even muster sufficient control to put down their resident terrorists.
“They who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for they who do not.”
Full Story is at this link: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,583771,00.html