Keep Our Honor Clean
I wonder how many Marines know that, as a reprisal for the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, the CIA tried to assassinate a cleric named Fadlallah. Although the assassination attempt failed, it killed 80 local innocents, and wounded 200 more. The weapon? The CIA tried to kill Fadlallah with a car bomb.
There is a small glitch, though. The CIA wasn't really sure that Fadlallah was the right guy to target. CIA analysts felt they were being led to Fadlallah by Israel and the KSA. The wisdom of the analysts was quashed by a guy named Gates, now Secretary of Defense.
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