Links for 12-6-2014

  • American special forces soldiers attempted to rescue Luke Somers from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, but they were discovered as they approached the site in southern Yemen where Somers was being held. An al Qaeda terrorist shot Somers and another hostage, Pierre Korkie, and surgeons were unable to save them as the special forces troops transported them to the USS Makin Island.

  • Kevin Williamson wrote a good article on Rolling Stone's false University of Virginia rape story:

    A responsible critic would have concluded that the Rolling Stone account was a defective piece of journalism as journalism even if every single word of it were true. The reason we have safeguard processes is to ensure that we present reasonably reliable information — that we do not go willy-nilly accusing people of rape based on the say-so of one anonymous person. We know — for a fact — that people sometimes lie about having been raped, just as they lie about all sorts of things. Horrible as it is, that is a fact, and one that cannot simply be set aside for reasons of ideological expedience. If the story had turned out to be true, Sabrina Rubin Erdely would not be a better journalist — she simply would have been lucky. And Rolling Stone would not be a better magazine. It would only be one that had escaped its current embarrassment.

  • According to the International Monetary Fund, China is now the largest economy in the world in terms of goods and services.

  • The Pakistani military killed al Qaeda leader Adnan Shukrijumah during a raid in South Waziristan. Shukrijumah was involved in plots to bomb New York City subways and JFK Airport.