I wasn't going to write anything today, but I couldn't help myself.
(This is the way the story truly ran:)
Pakistan: Suspected US missile kills 12 militants
By MUNIR AHMAD, Associated Press Writer Munir Ahmad, Associated Press Writer
16 mins ago
ISLAMABAD – A suspected U.S. drone fired two missiles Wednesday at an alleged hide-out connected to a Taliban leader who has threatened to attack Washington, killing 12 people and wounding several others, officials said.
The attack came a day after Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a police academy in the eastern city of Lahore, saying it was retaliation for U.S. missile strikes on militant strongholds along the Afghan border. Mehsud also vowed to launch an attack on Washington or even the White House in phone interviews with The Associated Press and local media.
(Okay. Notice anything? There was more to the story, but no more informative.
I wonder about the lead. Shouldn't it read, 'U.S. Missile Kills 12 Militant SUSPECTS'? Why is the missile the suspect in this story? Who else is flying drones around Pakistan? Is there any doubt in anybody's mind whose missile it was???)
Just wondered if anybody else thought the lead was suspect. And if the hideout was 'alleged', can we then deduce the occupants must have been suspect militants?
I don't know about you, but I would like to know more, as in, particulars. Who was at the controls? CIA, Air Force, Army, or Mikey at his Gameboy?* And where was he sitting? Pakistan, Afghanistan, Arabian Sea, or Langley, VA? How old is he? Who gave the 'go' order? Who managed the press release?
What are they not telling us?
*Mikey's good! He's really good. I mean, he's really...reeeeeeally good.