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Deadly Blast at Bagram Base as Cheney Visits

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posted on Feb, 27 2007 @ 04:30 PM
When it comes to Cheney, it wouldn't be surprised if it was a staged "photo-op" to drive home his message. He was probably feeling uncomfortable out of his hole anyway.

posted on Feb, 27 2007 @ 05:40 PM
This is not Above Politics

If you feel the urge to hammer away at one politician or another, please feel free to go on over to AP and post over there.
This thread will not be allowed to derail into petty political bickering. Discuss the topic, please.

[edit on 27-2-2007 by DontTreadOnMe]

posted on Feb, 27 2007 @ 06:22 PM
I think what is relevant to discuss here is the surge in suicide bombers Afghanistan has seen.

Upsurge in Afghan suicide attacks
The tribal people of Afghanistan have a proud warrior tradition, and historically suicide attacks have never been a part of it.

Warriors known as ghazis might die fighting those they considered infidels, but would not set out to kill themselves.

Remember Afghans are not Arabs and suicide in the name of Allah has never been part of their tradition. They are of proud warrior origine, and if Georgy boy and his neocon advisor had known history a little better they would have thought twice about invading Afghanistan. All they needed was just to have asked the Russians or the British.

The attack at Bagram was the fourth in the past week. Suicide attacks have been most commonly used by Arab militants who oppose any Western involvement in Muslim countries.

A Taleban spokesman claimed the Bagram attack was carried out by an Afghan but reports suggest that many, if not most, suicide attackers in Afghanistan are foreign militants.

To my knowledge Afghans have never been beaten, surpressed yes, but never defeated.

posted on Feb, 27 2007 @ 10:59 PM

Washington Post Foreign Service
Wednesday, February 28, 2007

U.S. officials disputed the assertion that Cheney was the target, noting that his overnight stay at the sprawling Bagram air base had been unplanned and that he was well away from the blast.

Regardless of the intent, the attack demonstrated that insurgents in Afghanistan are becoming increasingly bold, willing to attack a heavily fortified U.S. target in the face of unusually tight security. Additionally, the assault was carried out in a part of the country where the Taliban has relatively little support. The Islamic militia's traditional stronghold has been in the south; Bagram is in the country's central region, about an hour's drive north of Kabul.

"It's pretty striking that they're capable of planning and executing an attack on Bagram on fairly short notice and under changing circumstances. We haven't seen anything like this before," said Daniel Markey, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who until last month worked on South Asia policy at the State Department. "Psychologically, this has to be seen as a serious blow."

"Psychologically" !!! ...yes, they're closing in ...much more than "pretty striking". Something HAS hit the fan.

posted on Feb, 28 2007 @ 01:22 AM
What has "hit the fan"? As I stated earlier, Cheney was never in any real danger, and the attack was merely a psy-ops tactic designed to influence the West. They want people to shudder and shake over nothing; it's a demoralization technique.

It's sorta like jumping out of a closet and saying BOO!!!

posted on Feb, 28 2007 @ 08:05 AM
Boo or poo, it indicates a step up in insurgency ... the Washington Post snippet clearly tells.

No roses will hit the fan any time soon I think.

posted on Mar, 1 2007 @ 03:59 AM
A snippet from todays The Scotsman

THE Taleban said yesterday it had sent 1,000 suicide bombers to relatively quiet northern Afghanistan, a day after a suicide blast targeted the United States vice-president, Dick Cheney.

At least 23 people, including an American soldier and a South Korean serviceman, died in Tuesday's car bombing at Bagram, the main US base in Afghanistan, 40 miles north of Kabul.

(It has to get worse to get better, my mother used to say.)a

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