Skip to comments.How a Lone Diplomat Compromised the Hunt for Bin Laden
Posted on 03/28/2005 3:46:19 AM PST by Straight Vermonter
WASHINGTON - A lone U.S. ambassador compromised America's hunt for Osama bin Laden in Pakistan for more than two years, The New York Sun has learned.
Ambassador Nancy Powell, America's representative in Pakistan, refused to allow the distribution in Pakistan of wanted posters, matchbooks, and other items advertising America's $25 million reward for information leading to the capture of Mr. bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders.
Instead, thousands of matchbooks, posters, and other material - printed at taxpayer expense and translated into Urdu, Pashto, and other local languages - remained "impounded" on American Embassy grounds from 2002 to 2004, according to Rep. Mark Kirk, Republican of Illinois.
While the American government was engaged in a number of "black" or covert intelligence activities to locate Al Qaeda leaders, Mr. Kirk said, the "white" or public efforts - which have succeeded in the past in leading to the capture of wanted terrorists - were effectively shut down in the months following the September 11 attacks.
Mr. Kirk discovered Ms. Powell's unusual order in January 2004 and, over the past year, launched a series of behind-the-scenes moves that culminated in a blunt conversation with President Bush aboard Air Force One, the removal of the ambassador, and congressional approval for reinvigorating the hunt for Mr. bin Laden.
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*Sigh*... De facto, treason is, sadly, no longer illegal. There have been so many acts of treason by so many high-profile personalities for so many years since the 50's and 60's that the only conceivable faux pas for which someone would likely be prosecuted would be producing an hour-long documentary for Al Jazeera showing every active and retired CIA agent, each member of his family, his current address, phone number and make, model and license plate number of his car. This might not do it either, until the producers offered to provide guided tours of the agents' homes, complete with complimentary AK-47s and RPGs.
I don't know what I was thinking. :)
THAT is a WOMAN????? Come on....it MUST be a fae picture!!! She even LOOKS like a lefty!!
The "ambassador" looks like Benny Hill with a wig.
Get your facts straight. April Glaspie never told Saddam he could invade Kuwait. She didn't say anything and he got the impression it was okay. Still no excuse on her part, she was inept to say the least.
I was just getting ready to say one should not send a woman to do a man's job.
All I can ruminate is ......WTF!
Over and over again, we keep assuming these things are blunders, rather than part of the plan . . .
As I recall, the subject of the Iraq/Kuwait dispute over the oil fileds came up in her meeting with Saddam, and she said the US would not take an active role or get involved in that issue, so Saddam went ahead with all out invasion to reclaim his '19th province'.
"Sometimes it's as if the entire State Department has 'gone native' and forgotten who they represent."
Bingo. Back in the mid to late 90s in an effort to stop a gangster from poisoning a navy dependent housing area in Japan with an illegal industrial waste incinerator facility, our biggest impediment was the State Department.
Goes without saying that "talks" between the Japanese PM and Billy JeffAirplane Klintstone did nothing.
It wasn't until we got real help from the Pentagon and the DOJ got involved that we finally got him closed down. The State Department re-emerged just in time to throw a victory party and try to take credit.
In fairness, one State Department employee, a young woman of Korean ancestry who transferred in late in the process, did seem to have her head on straight.
"Did Powell really send a lesbian to Pakistan?"
Bush doesn't seem to understand that appointing people who flaunt same-sex attraction disorder to high office is de facto endorsement of the radical pervofascist agenda.
Hmm, did she named her daughter after the country or the tableware?
A woman diplomat named Powell was just named Deputy to Condi Rice. Is that the same woman I wonder.
Any more info? I can't find anything on this. The #2 & #3 deputies to Condi at State are Bob Zoellick & R.Nicholas Burns. Nancy Powell was deputy to Susan Rice...
Not clear she was responsible for ending the program. She doesn't sound like a prize anyway.
The US diplomat in charge in Pakistan is probably a "military attache".
I'll bet she can't speak any of those languages fluently. Or perhaps she can and that's why this dopey lesbo was sent to the sensitive post of ambassador to Pakistan.
I hate to admit I am of the same sex as this person. But then maybe I am not, if you get my drift. :-)
BUMP... TO SCROLL THAT PICTURE OFF MY SCREEN
The bumper sticker ratio in State Dept parking lots ran about 12 to 1, Kerry over Bush.
Reduced staff at the Pakistan embassy due to fear of violence and assassination. That's why families are left behind in America.
Nancy Powell fits the mold. Single.
She looks like a dieting John Goodman.
I don't recall General George S. Patton having any problems "concentrating" on his task (also of pretty high import) while he was forced to be separated from his son from 1941-1945.
Caption. "Does this outfit make me look fat?"
LOL! Sorry, I couldn't help it.
Caption. "Does this outfit make me look fat?"
LOL! Sorry, I couldn't help it.
Is that her wife in the middle?
Ummm... no Mooslim nations located on the African Continent??
I think it was a new item on Lucianne.com today--but I saw it somewhere. The name Powell struck me because of Colin and it was the State Dept.
No, it's not. Things were dicey for Mushareff in Pakistan, thinking back to the street protests, etc. leading me to think that there are possibily or probably some other points in the story that didn't get aired in this article. Lots of things have happened in Pakistan that had the potential to turn the place into a train wreck during Powell's tenure there and it didn't happen. I don't know anything about Nancy Powell but given that Miniter left the much higher profile captures of Yousef (before Powell) & Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (during) out of the article, I'm inclined to give Ms Powell the benefit of the doubt for the time being. It's not as though the Pakis didn't know that the US paid rewards or that they didn't know that OBL had a price on his head. Saturating the country with matchbooks & wanted posters may have been a counterproductive thing to do.
Checked Lucianne. You must have read it somewhere else.
Is she a rabid anti-smoker? After all, no matches, they can't light up, right?
If it's anything like the rest of DC and Northern Virginia, they still have Kerry bumper stickers on their cars
Your're talking about April Glasby---the pair put a whole new meaning on "ïncompetent boobs" This level of obstinate stupidity strains my vocabulary and probly requires a whole new level of FELONY CONVICTION.
Good question but it's worse than that---further down in the story it notes she"gave an order"to not distribute---we may not find the answer until the autopsy.
Any idea how much extra we pay those "singles"to cope with loneliness? I'm betting they wouldn't be lonely if theý'd get their BUTTS TO WORK and pass out the matchbooks!
Out and out stupid and contrary is not a "sex"---so you're no doubt covered!
You go ahead and jump to a conclusion at your leisure. I'm gonna go ahead and jump based on GW's recall of the short hair. The story notes Kirk saying GW was cautious and that he clearly took pains to investigate. This is deadly serious stuff and NO ONE is indispensible---when caught screwing off you are guilty until proven innocent and you may never get the chance to prove your innocense. Everybody seems to agree there was a pile of un-distributed stuff in the embassy----NUFF SAID!
However, I have a problem with Miniter saying this in the article:
More than $57 million has been paid to 43 people who provided credible information about the whereabouts of known terrorists since the program's founding in 1984. But little has been paid since the September 11, 2001, attacks.
That statement simply is not true.
Secretary Powell today [8/01/03] approved the payment of a $30 million reward to the individual who provided a critical piece of information that led us to the location of Uday and Qusay Hussein. We are pleased with the results in this case. We are pleased that we were able to pay this reward. It is the largest ever paid under the Rewards for Justice program.
IOW, at least $30 million has been paid since September 11, 200l thru the Rewards For Justice program...$30 million of the total $57 million? I do not consider that 'little'.
Why would Miniter lie about something so readily known to be 'not true'? Or, if he's not lying intentionally, maybe he's just being sloppy? If so, what else is sloppy about the article, I ask myself. When I find such blatant factual errors in an article, I tend to take everything else in the article with a grain of salt.
No offense with what I about to write. Already a bad move to place a woman there (I know, I know, we are speaking "silently" to the "feudal" forces of terror, by demontrating how far a woman can go in the West - I realize this "logic" - and then, there is realpolitik ... I digress). An even worse move to put a very, how shall I put this, non feminine woman there. And then, the icing on the cake - apparently, she was an insubordinate #@!* disturber to boot. Now I fully well realize that we are already handicapped by the fact that Foggy Bottom is made up of 90 plus % utopian idiots, transnational progressives and other sad specimens. But even so, this is astounding. HEEEELLOOOOO! IS ANYBODY HOME?
I hate to say it, but I increasingly believe that Joe McCarthy had a point. He was a complete disaster trying to make the point. But, I do believe that there is a dangerous 5th column at State, in need of deep investigation. The only question really is, to me, how to do it without creating a Constitutional crisis and without resulting in everyone to the Left of Trent Lott crying out in unison "witch hunt!" Still, it really needs to be done, IMHO ...