National Security

Officials Say “No Significant Intelligence” Found During Failed Yemen Raid

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Trump regime continues to claim the disastrous raid in Yemen was a success, but Pentagon and congressional officials who spoke to NBC News tell a very different story.

Ostensibly, the goal of the raid was to capture intelligence, but unnamed officials say they found no significant intelligence. And there's more to the story.

The officials who spoke to NBC also confirmed that the true goal of the mission was to capture or kill a local leader.

A senior Congressional official briefed on the matter said the Trump administration has yet to explain what prompted the rare use of American ground troops in Yemen, but he said he was not aware of any new threat from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the al Qaeda affiliate that was targeted.

The official, and others briefed on the matter who spoke to NBC News, echoed the remarks of Sen. John McCain, R.-Ariz., that the raid was designed to kill or capture one or more militants — something the military did not initially acknowledge.

The raid did not result in the death or capture of local al Qaeda leader Qassim al-Rimi because he wasn't there, but the raid did result in the death of a 8-year-old American girl, the daughter of Nawar al-Awlaki, and an unknown number of other children and civilians.

Even if you buy the Trump regime's claim that the raid's only goal was to gather intelligence and not to capture or kill someone, it was a failure either way.

Trump, for his part, is now blaming the military for the raid's failure and the death of a Navy SEAL.

“This was a mission that was started before I got here. This was something they wanted to do,” he said. “They came to me, they explained what they wanted to do ― the generals ― who are very respected, my generals are the most respected that we’ve had in many decades, I believe. And they lost Ryan."

The buck stops with somebody else.

They aren't his generals, by the way. That's not how it works. Also, Trump was hate-tweeting the New York Times during the raid.

  • Draxiar

    Hey, trump, you fuckwit, aren’t you the commander in chief that ordered the raid? Oh, you did? Then you’re responsible. Maybe next time analyze the integrity of the operation rather than making the decision casually over your well-done ketchup steak with a side of lay’s potato chips.

  • Qahir Makhani

    JM,

    Good headline. Maybe label it as the War Crime it was in order to drive home the message.

  • Christopher Foxx

    “They came to me, they explained what they wanted to do ― the generals ― who are very respected, my generals are the most respected that we’ve had in many decades, I believe.

    Is Trump capable of saying a single paragraph that doesn’t scream of his insecurity and contain a desperate plea that folks believe him?

    “His” generals aren’t just generals, they are the most respected we’ve had in ages. They have to be, of course. Just like Trump is the most anti-Semitic man you’ve ever met, his cabinet is the smartest ever assembled ever, and his Inauguration crowd was the biggest and bestest ever no matter what those doody heads say.

    And you can hear the desperation in every sentence. The ever-present little boy who knows is terrified that everyone will know he’s lying and will call him on his bullshit. Hence the “believe me” plea he makes in every fourth sentence.

  • muselet

    It’s one thing for a military operation to go south. It happens.

    It’s another thing when the president, in his capacity of Commander in Chief of the military, casually greenlights a mission sometime between the french fries course and the Twinkies course of his evening meal—with the lowering presence of Steve Bannon close at hand—and doesn’t even bother to pay attention to what’s happening in real time.

    It’s yet another thing to take no responsibility for the mission or its failure. Even GW Bush—Bush the Lesser, the one who inspired Bush or Chimp?, Dick Cheney’s marionette—publicly took responsibility for things that went wrong during his administration. Not Donald Trump. Trump insists this failure is because of the military or the black guy, not because of anything he did or didn’t do.

    That the mission accomplished nothing except a horrific amount of collateral damage is just the cherry on top of the shit sundae.

    I doubt any of the service chiefs will be eager to propose missions to Trump in future, which is probably for the best since the only two alternatives are being blamed for failure (and getting no credit for success) or open mutiny. Good luck meeting recruitment goals going forward.

    –alopecia

  • fry1laurie

    “No Significant Intelligence” found among those who planned the raid, as well.

  • Aynwrong

    “And they lost Ryan.”

    Oh my God. To state the obvious, if any Democrat…