We Don’t Use Toilet Paper

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on August 25, 2011

New Yorker recently published a fascinating account of the mission that offed Osama Bin Ladin. If you have a few minutes, it is highly entertaining. It makes BHO look like a fierce warrior POTUS, which will not make any difference to the tea party.  Soon after the appearance of this story, the nit picking began.

It came to light that Nicholas Schmidle did not talk to any of the Navy SEALS who were on the mission. (Mr. Schmidle confirms this here.) The article is full of fine detail. People began to wonder how he learned what he did.

Christine Fair knew Mr. Schmidle, and told a story about his reporting. He wrote a story about Pakistan.
“Mr. Schmidle wrote that the men in attendance mostly spoke Pashto but “knowing Urdu, I could understand enough [of their Pashto] to realize that they weren’t rehashing the typical J.U.I. rhetoric.” That made the rest of the article immediately suspect. I knew Mr. Schmidle, and knew that his language skills in Urdu were functional at best and, even if he had superb Urdu skills (and he did not), this would not render Pashto comprehensible in the slightest.”
The official story is that the US forces found the safe house in Abbottabad by tailing Mr. Bin Ladin’s courier. Supposedly some torture was involved in getting the information, which is politically advantageous to report. The entertaining blog The spy who billed me has a different story.

It was good old fashioned bribery that found Mr. Bin Ladin. Saudi Arabia was paying Pakistan to keep Mr. Bin Ladin, for various reasons. A Pakistani officer outed Mr. Bin Ladin, and was well paid.

Not everyone believes the stories told at TSWBM. The comments are highly entertaining, and the source of some good stories. A senior Pakistani security official said
“We don’t use toilet paper – we wash. But toilet paper is all this theory is good for.” Lets not shake hands on that.
The pictures today are Union soldiers,from the War Between the States. These images are courtesy of The Library of Congress.

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