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Thirdly, the US response, or lack thereof, gave al-Qaeda incentive to perpetuate further and more deadly attacks on the US. It does not bode well for the war on terror that such a man is now at large.
Originally posted by shots
Regne how do you get that US forces were holding him? The article clearly states
After hearing his sentence, Al-Bedawi declared "This is an unjust verdict, this is an American verdict. There are no human rights in the world, except for the Americans. All the Muslims in the world are being used to serve American interests." His family announced they would appeal. Because he was being held by U.S. forces, the other defendant sentenced to death... wiki
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
The attack on the USS Cole was tragic because of several factors. Firstly, we lost seventeen sailors. Secondly, if the rules of engagement had been rational at the time, it could have been prevented.
What was irrational about the rules of engagement?
The destroyer's rules of engagement, as approved by the Pentagon, kept its guards from firing upon the small boat loaded with explosives as it neared them without first obtaining permission from the Cole's captain or another officer. Petty Officer John Washak said that right after the blast, a senior chief petty officer ordered him to turn an M-60 machine gun on the Cole's fantail away from a second small boat approaching. "With blood still on my face," he said, he was told: "That's the rules of engagement no shooting unless we're shot at." He added, "In the military, it's like we're trained to hesitate now. If somebody had seen something wrong and shot, he probably would have been court-martialed." Petty Officer Jennifer Kudrick said that if the sentries had fired on the suicide craft "we would have gotten in more trouble for shooting two foreigners than losing 17 American sailors."
"It couldn't have happened without the coordination of high ranking officers in the intelligence," said one official. He pointed to possible infiltration of the intelligence agency by militants.
Did Qaeda Fugitives Get Inside Help?
NPR News reports that the FBI is going to hunt down the escapees.