From today's Wall St Journal front page.
" A secret Central Intelligence Agency initiative terminated by Director Leon Panetta was an attempt to carry out a 2001 presidential authorization to capture or kill Al Qaeda opeatives, according to former intelligence officials familiar with the matter.
The precise nature of the highly classified effort isn't clear, and the CIA won't comment on its substance.
According to current and former government officials, the agency spent money on planning and possibly some training. It was acting on a 2001 presidential legal pronouncement lnown as a finding, which authorized the CIA to pursue such efforts. The initiative hadn't become fully operational at the time Mr. Panetta ended it."
Hmm. CIA was given a "license to kill" eight years ago and the project was still in the planning phase eight years later? US Air Force (my old outfit) would have done better than that. With that kind of mission order, USAF would have produced results within eight weeks, not eight years. Might not have had any bodies to show after the air strike, but they'd be good and dead. US Marine Corp could also handle this mission within a few weeks. What in hell is the matter with CIA? Take eight YEARS and have nothing to show for it?
Clearly some one was reading too many Matt Helm thrillers.