The New York Times today continues its jihad against operations designed to fight our mortal enemies. On Wednesday, the Times revealed that the CIA had engaged Blackwater to assist in a possible project to eliminate al-Qaeda operatives apparently through the use of human hit teams rather than unmanned drones. Today comes another revelation: Blackwater employees are maintaining the CIA drones that are killing so many al-Qaeda leaders in Pakistan.
The security of this operation has already been compromised by Senator Dianne Feinstein, who blurted out that the drones flew out of a secret base in Pakistan, thus embarrassing a vital American ally. The Times adds another detail, revealing that a base in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, is also being used to carry out these CIA-run operations. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why the news value of this revelation outweighs the obvious security risk that al-Qaeda and its ilk will target the base in question.
I also can’t figure out the tone of outrage that runs not so deeply beneath the surface of the Times articles. Their coverage makes it seem as if the CIA were planning to assassinate antiwar parliamentarians in Europe instead of some of the world’s most deadly terrorists. I realize that Blackwater is controversial, and rightly so, because of the conduct of its employees in Iraq, but there is no evidence—at least none presented here—that it has done anything wrong with regard to the CIA program to eliminate al-Qaeda leaders. Instead, it seems to be assisting a vital program that is enhancing our security.
Where, I wonder, is the scandal? Is the scandal from the Times‘s viewpoint that our government is killing terrorists rather than reading them their Miranda rights? If so, the editors should come out and admit it, instead of doing these drive-by shootings that can only impede ongoing operations.