What a Maroon! What an Ignoranimus!”



Feinstein Reveals Predator Drones Based in Pakistan



I thought the new administration was supposed to usher in an era of improved relations with the rest of the world. Actually the following revelation, as reported by the Chicago Tribune, is not from the administration, but it is from a Democrat Senator, Diane Feinstein (via Jim Hoft and Jawa):

A senior U.S. lawmaker said Thursday that unmanned CIA Predator aircraft operating in Pakistan are flown from an airbase inside that country, a revelation likely to embarrass the Pakistani government and complicate its counterterrorism collaboration with the United States.

The disclosure by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, marked the first time a U.S. official had publicly commented on where the Predator aircraft patrolling Pakistan take off and land.

At a hearing, Feinstein expressed surprise at Pakistani opposition to the ongoing campaign of Predator-launched CIA missile strikes against Al Qaeda targets along Pakistan’s northwest border.

“As I understand it, these are flown out of a Pakistani base,” she said of the planes.

The basing of the pilotless aircraft in Pakistan suggests a much deeper relationship with the United States on counterterrorism matters than has been publicly acknowledged. Such an arrangement would be at odds with protests lodged by officials in Islamabad and could inflame anti-American sentiment in the country.

A spokesman for Feinstein “said her comment was based solely on previous news reports that Predators were operated from bases near Islamabad.”

But according to Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at Georgetown University, “If accurate, what this says is that Pakistani involvement, or at least acquiescence, has been much more extensive than has previously been known. It puts the Pakistani government in a far more difficult position [in terms of] its credibility with its own people. Unfortunately it also has the potential to threaten Pakistani-American relations.”

I can’t tell from this report whether or not the information was previously reported, as Feinstein’s spokesman says, or if her statement is official confirmation of a relationship that was not previously officially disclosed. Either way it does not seem to fit with the new Obama strategy for foreign relations.

If this was something that should not have been disclosed by a US official, it would not be the first time Feinstein gave away too much information. Years ago I read the story about the hunt for the Night Stalker serial killer and still remember how angry investigators were when then Mayor of San Francisco Feinstein gave a press conference and revealed details not supposed to be released to the public, impeding the investigation.




16 Responses to “What a Maroon! What an Ignoranimus!””

  1. sliderblaze Says:


  2. rosettasister Says:

    Don’t the Martians destroy Congress in Mars Attaks?

    Just pipe this music into their chambers and all their heads will explode!

    Spinning Vinyl, Slim Whitman

    From the Album, All My Best, Indian Love Call.

    Who can’t recall this great song as the martian killer from Mars Attacks?

    Turntable, Pioneer PL-530

  3. susiezen Says:

    hey now!

  4. rosettasister Says:

    This one’s even better!

    “I have many versions of this song, but this is by far my favorite, and it save the earth from the Martians.So I am prsenting it this way.”

  5. susiezen Says:

    love slim Whitman….
    rose, Its almost like I said in an earlier post, you know, the one when I was ranting and raving….oh, well, thats always, but I still feel that them democrits will surely set off a situation that will be unstopable.
    With the power they have and the way they cotinuously slam the doors in all of the republicans faces.
    Not allowing the part of cong. and the senate to be privvy to all talks is criminal.
    This power game that paloozi and reid are playing by not allowing repubs be part of the process is scary…they are still our elected officials and we need to demand that they are allowed to continue to represent us. it should be illegal what these a holes are doing.
    some of our rep. politicians have not even been able to see the stimulus.

    And Obama is completely cutting ALL republicans from any and all foreign relation talks, and this is sooo dangerous, because he is so ignorant to who and what these people are.
    really, this game the demos will lose, but at what expense.

  6. NEConservative Says:

    Not sure, but I believe there were several blue dog dems that voted against it the first time too.

    rosettasister Says:

    February 13, 2009 at 7:46 pm
    House vote on stimulus imminent, Update: All GOPers, seven Dems vote no


    I wonder who the seven dems were.

  7. NEConservative Says:

    Did you all see the Order by Obama to bring over to the U.S. several thousand Hamas ‘refugees’, ie, terrorists and there supporters? This should be all over the news!!! I know, I know….

  8. Tenacity Says:

    “would have us derail the democratic process by invalidating a candidate for whom millions of people voted and who underwent excessive vetting during what was…..

    MY ASS!

  9. inspirational1 Says:

    Here are the 11 democrats of presumed conscience first time around:

    Nay AL-2 Bright, Bobby [D]
    Nay AL-5 Griffith, Parker [D]
    Nay FL-2 Boyd, Allen [D]
    Nay ID-1 Minnick, Walter [D]
    Nay IN-8 Ellsworth, Brad [D]
    Nay MD-1 Kratovil, Frank [D]
    Nay MN-7 Peterson, Collin [D]
    Nay MS-4 Taylor, Gene [D]
    Nay NC-11 Shuler, Heath [D]
    Nay PA-11 Kanjorski, Paul [D]
    Nay TN-5 Cooper, Jim [D]

  10. inspirational1 Says:


    vote count for the house

  11. inspirational1 Says:

    Dems who voted against:

    DeFazio — voted FOR last time … a convert!

    Who did we lose this time around? Boyd (FL), Ellsworth (IN), Kratovil (MD), Kanjorski (PA), Cooper (TN).

  12. jjones Says:

    w00h00! my Dem congress voted against!

  13. susiezen Says:

    nice obama, great job, why not give all your new hamas friends brand new shiny guns. throw in a couple of smart bombs while your at it. obama nation!!!

  14. Fernley Girl Says:

    If you haven’t been to:


    today, please go there & read the highlighted section titled “The Trojan Horse is at the Door”.

    Once the Senate signs this bill we may not be able to pull the nails out of the coffin.

  15. rosettasister Says:

    New Thread for a Friday, the 13th evening and night:


  16. Tenacity Says:

    The “humble host” Ed Hale’s 4 hour special is on NOW:


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