It would seem that the ever despicable Osama Bin Laden is planning a congratulatory outrage for the incoming American President. Learning from his tape recorded threats delivered in the closing days of the 2004 election; Bin Laden has adopted silence in the 2008 race and some suspect that a new recording could surface any time between now and Inauguration Day. Its well known that Osama threats help Republicans but the next one we receive will be calculated to intimidate Obama, with an attack to underline the point. I’ve seen reports of this sort of thing in several trusted news outlets but here are some snippets from what the Debka File had to say recently:
DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources report that US president-elect Barack Obama, European and Russian heads of state in Washington for the G20 conference over the weekend were briefed about a probable early al Qaeda attack.
Obama and his team have been advised that a new al Qaeda strike is highly probable in the United States or against a key US target in Europe, North Africa or the Middle East.
Most of the reports I’ve seen indicate that the attack is to be on a mainland American target and may be some kind of nuclear devise. We know that the Terrorists seem to like taking on New York and I would suspect that some symbolic targets in Wall Street would make the most sense. Naturally the attacks could occur anywhere but the threat is quite real. Most of our intelligence people know an attack on the USA is brewing out there somewhere but reports deny that we have a definite location, time or method of attack. Again from the Debka File:
…al Qaeda’s Yemen base, a reliable barometer for Osama bin Laden’s schemes, issued a Directive to All Fighters in Arabia on Nov. 9 presaging a major operation in the United States that will “change the political and economic world” and be “far bigger than 9/11.”
The day after the new president’s election, al Qaeda issued a little-noticed statement declaring Barack Obama a murtad, i.e. an apostate whose betrayal of Islam is judged the most heinous. Believers have the duty to execute a murtad unlike other non-believers whose death sentence is optional.
Given the fact that Al Qaeda’s been unable or unwilling to so much as set off a firecracker in Times Square since the Twin Towers we have every reason to be hopeful that if they are planning a large complex operation in the USA they’ll tip their hand at some point. On the other hand they’ve been getting their tail kicked from pillar to post in Iraq and they have nothing to lose by attacking the USA since even Obama won’t be likely to stop hunting them anytime soon.
If I were the Pakistani’s I would be concerned because the incoming president seems to have a real bug in his ear about the lawless regions of Pakistan where terror continues to flourish unabated. If they were able to pull off some outrage in the USA I would expect a very forceful Obama response aimed at this region regardless of the Pakistan Governments feeling about such an attack. The CIA Director has recently suggested that every major terror plot has ties to the region in training, harboring, financing etc. the terrorists involved. It all comes back to that region and Obama’s been talking about doing something in that region since early in his primary campaign.
Senator Joe Biden’s notorious observation that new presidents tend to get tested early and that this president was likely to be tested within his first six months seems to be verified by the recent reports from high ranking administration, intelligence and even Obama Campaign staff. We’ve been hearing that it’s just a matter of time since the Twin Towers were destroyed and it’s been as quiet as a graveyard in the American homeland. This time I suspect that we’re going to see some kind of attack, successful or not, that will serve to take the measure of Barak Obama and the will of the American people in the post Bush era.