National Security

More Officials Say the Yemen Raid Yielded No Intelligence

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Additional officials have come forward and spoke to NBC News about the failed raid in Yemen ordered by Trump while he was hate-tweeting the New York Times at the dinner table.

Defense and intelligence officials previously told NBC that the raid yielded "no significant intelligence," but now they say they didn't actually expect to find any.

Asked to compare the materials gathered in the 2011 SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden to the materials in the Yemen raid, the official said, "There is no comparison in either quality or quantity. There is no amazing laptop that we got, or thumb drive that reveals something big. No map to Zawahiri kind of thing."

"But it's also important to note that we didn't expect to gather anything like that. This was a house where some bad guys were supposed to be. We didn't get the guys we wanted and the ones who were there were clearly ready for us."

This provides further evidence that the true goal of the raid was to capture or kill a local al Qaeda leader, not to capture intelligence.

According to an unnamed official, the Trump regime is still claiming the missions was a success because they're "locked into a narrative that no evidence and no one in the Intelligence Community can corroborate."

The Trump regime isn't just claiming they discovered non-existent intelligence, they're also lying about the goal of the mission. This obviously doesn't bode well for future missions and potential armed conflicts. What will they lie about next time?

If it's any comfort, new National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster may not be as much of an incoherent failure as Michael Flynn was. Flynn was still Trump's NSA at the time of the raid in Yemen.

  • Draxiar

    trump is incapable of admitting failure which makes him hubristic. This will be his downfall.

    • ninjaf

      I saw a tidbit not long after the raid that said Flynn talked Trump into doing this by saying that Obama was too much of a coward to do the raid.

      • Draxiar

        If that’s the case then it won’t be long before we’re at war against someone.

        • ninjaf

          That was exactly what I thought when I read that.

  • Aynwrong

    His administration was a mere five days old when he ordered soldiers into harm’s way over dinner while tweeting. The mission is a disaster in which a soldier is lost. The administration claims that Intel was recovered. The relentlessly leaking government saying nothing of the sort was recovered. The VP says pointing these facts out does a “disservice” to the family.

    Saw this posted on my Twitter feed:

    “Meanwhile in the alternative universe in which Hillary won, the Republicans are launching their 30th Benghazi hearing.”

    Perfectly stated.

  • muselet

    It’s easier to pretend a raid to find information that found none was a complete success (“No, sorry, we can’t tell you what we found because there’s a lot of it and it’s all classified Ultra-Super-Duper Tippy-Top Secret.”) than to pretend a seek-and-destroy mission that ended with the finding and killing of a whole lot of the wrong people wasn’t an utter failure.

    Nobody in this administration could tell the truth if it meant getting their weight in diamonds.