Monday, April 02, 2007

George Bush's War On Terra

Raise your hand if you saw this coming:
As Al Qaeda rebuilds in Pakistan’s tribal areas, a new generation of leaders has emerged under Osama bin Laden to cement control over the network’s operations, according to American intelligence and counterterrorism officials.

The new leaders rose from within the organization after the death or capture of the operatives that built Al Qaeda before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, leading to surprise and dismay within United States intelligence agencies about the group’s ability to rebound from an American-led offensive.

Or this:
Officials say they believe that, in contrast with the somewhat hierarchical structure of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan before Sept. 11, the group’s leadership is now more diffuse, with several planning hubs working autonomously and not reliant on constant contact with Mr. bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri, his deputy.
Or this:

Experts say they still see Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia as largely independent of Al Qaeda’s hub in Pakistan but that they believe the fighting in Iraq will produce future Qaeda leaders.

“The jihadis returning from Iraq are far more capable than the mujahedeen who fought the Soviets ever were,” said Robert Richer, who was associate director of operations in 2004 and 2005 for the C.I.A. “They have been fighting the best military in the world, with the best technology and tactics.
Gee... didn't people try to point out that this would be the logical conclusion when we started War On Terra: Iraq? I remember agreeing heartily with the conclusions of a group of Saddam Appeasing-Hate America First-Treasonists who were trying to point this out back in 2002-2003. And somehow (thank you, Fox News machine) we all got branded as unpatriotic French sissies.

Bush, who insisted on this war, and everyone who went into attack mode against the people who were critical of the war strategy, have made my children less safe. Period. And the sheeple who followed, and who still follow, should be held responsible for enabling them.

Yeah, I'm bitter.

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