Skip to comments.For CIA family, a deadly suicide bombing leads to painful divisions
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. Its 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? Well 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 CIAs 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 couldnt formulate questions, except: Are you sure shes 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 agents suicide bombing of the CIA base received days of media coverage.
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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.
I like the way you think.
Anderson tires of the postmortem attacks on his wife. He was especially incensed by former CIA operative Robert Baers 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 cant 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.