July Surprise Letdown
After TNR had reported a July Surprise, that Osama would be found during the DNC, the convention is now over and we are still without Osama. Maybe the Republicans thought it would be too risky. Or maybe, even with all the money and pressure they had reportedly given to Pakistan to turn up with the guy, they were still unable to do so. The Washington Post reports.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 30 -- Pakistan has captured Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, who is sought by the United States as a suspect in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, officials said Friday.
Ghailani, a Tanzanian citizen said to be in his early thirties, was seized early Sunday, along with his wife and five other African or Pakistani al Qaeda suspects, following a joint Pakistani-U.S. intelligence operation, senior Pakistani police and intelligence officials said. The capture followed a 10-hour shootout in the industrial city of Gujrat, 125 miles south of Islamabad.
"This is a big success," Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat said in an unusual late-night announcement on Pakistan's Geo television network. "More importantly, we are certain of gathering some latest intelligence on al Qaeda from him," Hayat said in an interview later.
Talk about coming up short. Not only did they produce another "top al Queda guys with valuable information," but additionally, it was two days too late and didn't even receive mainstream media coverage. I guess that's what happens when you entrust Pakistan with the disruption of a convention.
By the way, due to a strange internet glitch, the most recent two posts were mine, not Pete's. Sorry for the confusion.