There has been very little he’s done since taking the oath that I’ve agreed with, but at least on this one issue, I think most of us are in complete agreement with him:
The CIA’s bombing campaign against al Qaeda leadership in Pakistan continued with two more attacks today, an indication, senior officials say, that President Barack Obama has approved the U.S. strategy that has killed at least eight of al Qaeda’s top 20 leaders since July 2008.
The two attacks today in Pakistan were the first since President Obama took office on Tuesday.
Asked about it at his daily press briefing, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, “I’m not going to discuss that matter.”
During the campaign, Obama called for cross-border attacks against high-value al Qaeda targets in Pakistan, even before the CIA campaign began.
Pakistani officials and villagers told ABCNews.com that 17 people were killed in two successive strikes against compounds in North and South Waziristan.
A senior U.S. official said one of al Qaeda’s top 20 leaders may be among the dead today, although it is too soon to be certain.
Since July, the CIA has carried out a relentless bombing campaign against that has targeted the top leadership of al Qaeda, based on a sophisticated intelligence collection effort similar to what was used against insurgents in Iraq.
Eight of the top 20 have been killed in the attacks, according to the U.S. official.
“Al qaeda leaders are freaking out over this,” said one person briefing on the bombing campaign. “They have begun to punish local tribesmen who they suspect have tipped off the U.S. to their presence and this is beginning to drive a wedge between the al Qaeda people and the locals.”
I’m diggin’ it.