And when I said the War on Some Terror, I didn't think I meant this. Talking Points Memo has a look at the breaking story of the Republican campaign contributor and White House Business Advisory Committee member who has been indicted with attempting to secretly send $152,000 to Pakistan and Afghanistan to purchase equipment for terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. Said Republican's company was also "bidding on multiple government contracts - including ones with the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security" and he even boasts of a meeting with Dick Cheney.
Just think - if I was Duncan Black or Glenn Reynolds, this would be at least a day's blogging and ad revenue. It took me, what, an hour? I'm off for a coffee break!
The Iranian Foreign Ministry has charged that Sunni insurgents from Iran used Pakistan as a base to plan a bombing that killed 11 people and wounded more than 30 in the southeastern border city of Zahedan last week, and an official said that the ministry had demanded an explanation from the Pakistani ambassador.Which fits, to be honest. The ISI has, at least since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the ISI set up the forerunners of the Taliban, been the most Islamist of all Pakistani government agencies. It also views Afghanistan as its personal feif (gaining much of its covert funding from involvement in the opium trade) and has always been violent in its reaction to any country that looked like it might challenge the ISI's control of that nation.
...Newspapers in Tehran reported Sunday that the state-run Hamoun channel in Sistan and Baluchistan broadcast a two-minute confession by a suspect, Nasrollah Shamsi Zehi, who was accused of being involved in the deadly bombing. He said he had robbed a bank in Zahedan, then escaped to Pakistan, where he was trained by Jundallah [an anti-government terror group C] for two months and was told that he would receive $1,200 for each mission.