September 11, 2009

THE DISTINCTIVELY AMERICAN GENIUS OF W'S RESPONSE TO 9-11...:

Eight Years After 9/11: Why Osama bin Laden is a Failure (Tony Karon, Sep. 11, 2009, TIME)

The purpose of the 9/11 attacks was not simply to kill Americans; they formed part of bin Laden's strategy to launch a global Islamist revolution aimed at ending U.S. influence in Muslim countries, overthrowing regimes there allied with Washington, and putting al-Qaeda at the head of a global Islamist insurgency whose objective was to restore the rule of the Islamic Caliphate that had once ruled territory stretching from Moorish Spain through much of Asia.

Today, however, al-Qaeda is believed to comprise a couple of hundred desperate men, their core leaders hiding out in Pakistan's tribal wilds and under constant threat of attack by ever-present U.S. drone aircraft, their place in Western nightmares and security assessments long-since eclipsed by such longtime rivals as Iran, Hizballah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. This year's official threat assessment by the U.S. Directorate of National Intelligence cited the primary security challenge facing the U.S. as the global economic downturn. The report cited "notable progress in Muslim public opinion turning against terrorist groups like al-Qaeda" and said no country was at risk of falling to Qaeda-inspired extremists. It argued that sustained pressure against the movement's surviving core in the Pakistani tribal wilds was degrading its organizational cohesion and diminishing the threat it poses.


...was that rather than focus on al Qaeda he instead went all liberationist on them. You kill a few thousand of us, we free 20 million of you from genocidal dictatorship. How were OBL and company ever going to win that war?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 11, 2009 8:37 AM
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