It's a sad state of affairs when you can't trust your puppets. That's exactly the conclusion to be drawn from the fact that neither our "friendly" Libyan government or our "friendly" Somalian government were made privy to US plans to violate the sovereignty of their respective countries in pursuit of al-Qaeda leadership.
Frank Gardner at the BBC sums it up nicely. The "successful" Libya raid will motivate untold numbers of disgruntled young Libyan men to sign up for the inevitable al-Qaeda retaliatory strikes. Whether that retaliation is against American interests in Libya or on US soil or somewhere else, we'll have to wait and see, but be assured it's coming.
When it does, the same suspects gloating about this mission today will be reminding us that "they hate us for our freedoms."
That's the "success". The failed raid in Somalia puts the US in an even less favorable light. Here's Gardner;
Yet when the most highly trained commandos from the most powerful military in the world attack a sandal-wearing militia and are forced to retreat, this will be seized on as a propaganda victory for al-Shabab.
It should be obvious by now even to the dumbshits who dream this stuff up that picking off al-Qaeda "leadership" makes nary a difference to the workings of al-Qaeda. Eliminate one leader and you've got a younger, more aggressive leader in his place immediately.
So what's in this failed policy for the US? Chuck Hagel gets to spout some salutary rubbish about justice on the evening news, and the War on Terror gains itself a few more bad guys, desperately needed to keep the entire charade afloat.