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For CIA family, a deadly suicide bombing leads to painful divisions
Washington Post ^ | January 28, 2012 | Ian Shapira

Posted on 01/29/2012 12:49:58 AM PST by No One Special

The call from the Central Intelligence Agency came on a December afternoon in 2009 while Gary Anderson was skiing with his three children. It’s about your wife, the agency man said.

Standing inside Eagle Rock ski lodge in Pennsylvania, Anderson pleaded for details. The CIA official said simply: Where are you? We’ll meet you.

Anderson suspected dreadful news about Jennifer Matthews, his college sweetheart, his wife of 22 years and a CIA operative on assignment almost 7,000 miles away in Afghanistan. With several hours until the CIA meeting, Anderson and his three children — then 12, 9 and 6 — hit the slopes for one more hour. The father wanted to cling a little longer to normalcy, to a life between before and after.

Finally, the Fredericksburg family got into their silver minivan and headed to a nearby motel. There, in a sterile conference room, CIA officials told Anderson the news: His wife, one of the CIA’s top al-Qaeda experts, had just been killed in an explosion at a base in Khost province, in eastern Afghanistan. There was no mention of a double agent, no indication that six other CIA operatives had died in the deadliest attack on agency personnel in decades.

Anderson, who is commenting publicly on the loss of his wife for the first time, was so stunned that he couldn’t formulate questions, except: Are you sure she’s dead?

Then he summoned his children, who were waiting outside.

“I just said to them, ‘Your mom has died.’ The two oldest fell apart. They started crying,” he remembered. “One of them asked, ‘Is this really true?’ I just kind of hugged them. And then the craziness started after that.”

A Jordanian double agent’s suicide bombing of the CIA base received days of media coverage.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; bhocia; cia; fobchapman; gwot; jennifermatthews; khost
Sad story of real life in the CIA. Story is long. All pages on one are on the print page.

The regular page is listed above.

1 posted on 01/29/2012 12:50:01 AM PST by No One Special
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To: No One Special

Yes, you are some one special and thank you for posting this thread.


2 posted on 01/29/2012 1:01:22 AM PST by Cindy
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To: No One Special

In case anyone wonders whether we are in a fight to the death, just read. Christianity survives, or Islam does. Western civilization is Christianity. All our conceptions of right and wrong, of compassion and mercy, all of our ideas of tolerance are the enemies of Islam. We cannot pretend that reason will protect us. We die or they do. Look at your sleeping children and decide if they should fight because you did not.


3 posted on 01/29/2012 1:24:18 AM PST by LifePath
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To: No One Special

Good post. I remember that tragedy. The CIA answered with a devastating volley of drones and killed a lot of cockroaches.
They were pissed.


4 posted on 01/29/2012 1:33:21 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: LifePath

So true and with a proper education all Americans would realize it, even those who do not believe in God.


5 posted on 01/29/2012 3:10:45 AM PST by No One Special
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To: Cindy

Best compliment I received today. :-)


6 posted on 01/29/2012 3:11:59 AM PST by No One Special
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To: Lancey Howard

Perhaps it’s just me, but I don’t think it’s a concidence this happened on Obama’s watch. Is watch the proper term for how Obama handles his Presidency?


7 posted on 01/29/2012 3:19:28 AM PST by No One Special
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To: No One Special

“His wife, one of the CIA’s top al-Qaeda experts”

A statement that might cause one to pause.

Group assassination is certainly a tactic used previously.

The comments mean no disrespect only respect for the fact that it is extremely difficult if not impossible for a westerner to place him or herself in the mind of whom we are discussing.


8 posted on 01/29/2012 3:24:47 AM PST by wita
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To: No One Special
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its savor, where with will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing except to be trodden under foot by men."

The "it" in the above is "the earth," not "the salt."

Very powerful story. We are constantly being lulled into forgetting the stakes in this poker game. Very expensive ante to get into this wrestling match, and it's a fight to the death.

9 posted on 01/29/2012 3:33:33 AM PST by Prospero
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To: No One Special

That is an amazingly well written and objective article - and from the Washington Post no less!

Thanks for posting.


10 posted on 01/29/2012 4:24:16 AM PST by Toadman (To piss off a conservative, tell a lie. To piss off a liberal, tell the truth.)
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To: No One Special

That is an amazingly well written and objective article - and from the Washington Post no less!

Thanks for posting.


11 posted on 01/29/2012 4:24:22 AM PST by Toadman (To piss off a conservative, tell a lie. To piss off a liberal, tell the truth.)
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To: LifePath

“They thought God would protect her.” That quote is from her uncle an ex-CIA operative who urged her not to go because she was a white Christian mother. Both sides are thinking the same thing: that they’re doing God’s will. This kind of fight can have only one winner and defeat will be horrible for the losing side.


12 posted on 01/29/2012 4:30:22 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: No One Special

Matthews blew it and it cost her and six other agents their lives because of her sloppiness and desire to prove and expiate herself. Had she followed long standing procedures none of this would have happened. It’s obvious the guy wasn’t trustworthy and should have been thoroughly vetted, including a physical search before coming onto the base. I’m sorry to see these deaths and even more sorry that three great kids are without a mom (six other families are without as well), but the harsh lesson needs to be learned. She didn’t belong there and neither does any white woman. It’s a horrible affront to Islam and Muslims understand this and we’d better too.


13 posted on 01/29/2012 4:38:02 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

What you say is probably true but I would not blame her. There is a reason that women should be kept out of war zones and no it is not chauvinistic to have that attitude. Women should be kept out because of our respect for them. It is natural in our society to desire to protect them. When it becomes unnatural that is when our society falls apart. The fault for the tragedy lies with feminism which put her there in the first place.


14 posted on 01/29/2012 5:14:50 AM PST by No One Special
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Agreed and there's no need to debate it here, but mom is the number one job in the world. “The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and that is to support the ultimate career. ” ― C.S. Lewis We fight Al Qaeda and all destroyers of life for the sake of life, for the sake of the home and the homemaker. Taking our eye off of that ruins the greatest civilizations. History is a testimony to that.
15 posted on 01/29/2012 5:20:12 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: LifePath

Um, Ive read the end of the story... we win.


16 posted on 01/29/2012 5:37:31 AM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: 1010RD
One good quote deserves another :-)

“I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.” ― Marilyn Monroe

17 posted on 01/29/2012 5:42:42 AM PST by No One Special
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Two things:

“I said, ‘These people over there are ruthless. Here you are, a Christian woman, killing their heroes. Everything’s wrong about it, Jenny,’ ” the uncle recalled. “She took offense at any suggestion that a female can’t do what a male can do.”

Anderson also thought that the arguments were sexist and that his wife would be safe.

Reality doesn't care what you think is "sexist." That's a hard lesson to learn, and I'm sorry that people have to lose their lives to learn it. But it seems some don't, even after lives have been lost.

Second: I find it interesting that the one person with experience in this article is the uncle, whose opinion everyone rejects, and yet who is ultimately proven right. Sadly, this is the way of the world today. Thirty-somethings from Harvard are given positions of power based on their "education," and they have wrecked our government and economy. And yet there are still many who would continue to do so...

18 posted on 01/29/2012 6:00:51 AM PST by Charles H. (The_r0nin) (Hwaet! Lar bith maest hord, sothlice!)
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To: LifePath

“In case anyone wonders whether we are in a fight to the death, just read Christianity survives, or Islam does”. Yes! The Crusaders knew it - why is it so hard for us to get this? Hillaire Belloc in The Great Heresies book predicted that Islam would rise again.

“All our conceptions of right and wrong ... are the enemies of Islam...”

So true!! Christianity elevated women to the status of equals - look what Islam does to them - they are oppressed - have their genitals mutilated, etc. and this is just one area. Islam is famous for bribes, therefor those with money reign, we could go on and on ...


19 posted on 01/29/2012 6:29:56 AM PST by stonehouse01 (Equal rights for unborn women)
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To: Charles H. (The_r0nin)
Reality doesn't care what you think is "sexist."

Needs to be repeated.

No matter how much we want the world to be as we desire, it just won't obey.

It appears the husband is totally lost. It is a terrible situation. He probably has repressed guilt. Could be why he won't speak to the uncle anymore.

20 posted on 01/29/2012 6:56:54 AM PST by No One Special
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To: No One Special
Perhaps it’s just me, but I don’t think it’s a concidence this happened on Obama’s watch. Is watch the proper term for how Obama handles his Presidency?

Yep, I also still firmly believe ST-6 was tagged and blown by someone with high authority and Obama has too many muzzie B Hood folks surrounding him and in alphabet soup co's reading this very article. They kill us or others we'll know, but it's going to be da**ded hard to kill me unless they bomb a 100 meters of soil.

I have a sincere( I hope it's spot on) Obama is offering up our military to these nuts. And I have friends in SOCOM, in ST's in the Rangers, the green beeanies, my fav jarheads9 HGod bless the Devil dogs, the USAF for air support, so danged many) and ...umm that group that starts with a "D"..not many bu t enough, and I know their families and friends, and I keep reading FReerepublic wondering and praying none of them get hit. Until further notice I blame obama and his surrounding carnitas eating friends.

21 posted on 01/29/2012 8:11:27 AM PST by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Romans 8:38"...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
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To: No One Special

bttt


22 posted on 01/29/2012 8:24:33 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: LifePath

I like the way you think.


23 posted on 01/29/2012 9:04:19 AM PST by GodfearingTexan
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To: Charles H. (The_r0nin)
This part stuck out to me too:

Anderson tires of the postmortem attacks on his wife. He was especially incensed by former CIA operative Robert Baer’s piece in GQ magazine. Baer used a pseudonym — “Kathy” — for Matthews but asserted that she was “set up to fail” and “in over her head.”

“It was just mean,” Anderson said. “It was like, ‘Girls can’t do this stuff.’ ”

I don't want to beat up on the husband too much, but they should have listened to the uncle and any others that were speaking honestly. The uncle was talking from practical experience and they ignored his expertise. He was telling them what they needed to know, but didn't want to hear. Also, the article seems to imply that part of her desire to go over there was to prove herself after being partially blamed about the 9/11 attacks.

24 posted on 01/29/2012 9:13:15 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Charles H. (The_r0nin)
But it seems some don't, even after lives have been lost.

9/11, Ft. Hood, this attack. There'll be another one too.

Thirty-somethings from Harvard are given positions of power based on their "education," and they have wrecked our government and economy.

Exactly right. People that live in a fantasy about how the world should work, but not how it actually does work. Affirmative action. Political correctness. I wonder how much money has been wasted and how many lives have been lost over feel good policies from people in positions of authority that have no business being in those positions. You see it in so many facets of life.

25 posted on 01/29/2012 9:21:58 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Lancey Howard

It’s a shame some of ours have to die for people to get amped up and do what should have been done 10 years ago: sustained, deliberate, targeted attacks until nothing else moved. We would have been out of there by now.


26 posted on 01/29/2012 9:28:25 AM PST by rabidralph
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To: Lancey Howard
. The CIA answered with a devastating volley of drones and killed a lot of cockroaches.

You have, perhaps unwittingly, identified the problem. You can't get rid of cockroaches by stomping them. You have to exterminate. And that is the problem with the US government approach under the Bush-Obama system. No one has been willing to make the hard decisions to do what is needed.

27 posted on 01/29/2012 11:33:48 AM PST by PAR35
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To: beaversmom
No one wants to add to the husband's pain but I think he's in deep denial about a few things. Understandably. But she was in command there and her decisions directly affected the outcome so, harsh as it may be, she can't escape some responsibility for what happened.

The lion's share of the blame doesn't belong to her though. If her motivations and her level of experience and training weren't appropriate for that assignment then her superiors who put her there either knew that or should have known that.

28 posted on 01/29/2012 2:58:05 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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