Al-Qaeda has a new best friend, and her name is Dianne Feinstein.
(The Hill) — Pakistan should be left to deal with the new leader of al Qaeda if intelligence shows he is there, the chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said Wednesday.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said the U.S. should not repeat the mission that U.S. forces undertook to kill Osama bin Laden, in which President Obama ordered a team of Navy SEALs into Pakistan without notifying the country’s government.
“The appropriate thing is for the Pakistanis to handle it and indicate that they intend to handle it,” Feinstein said in a short interview with The Hill.
Bin Laden’s presence in Pakistan and Obama’s order for U.S. forces to move into the country without approval have seriously tarnished relations between the two countries. U.S. officials have indicated they worried the mission could have been compromised if Pakistan’s government had been notified.
Feinstein’s position conflicts with another key senator, though, who said the U.S. should keep any information it gets about Ayman al-Zawahiri to itself.