Iraq and al Qaeda: two failures
Here are two worthwhile articles in The American Conservative. “Beyond Baghdad,” by Stewart Nusbaumer, tells nothing surprising but is graphic about terrorirism. It shows how the terror insurgency is still operating at liberty in Iraq, and includes a description of the immediate aftermath of a terror attack in Anbar Province, which had supposedly been pacified by U.S. forces. “Al-Qaeda’s Waiting Game,” by Michael Scheuer, the CIA’s former top bin Laden expert, whom I do not entirely trust because I’ve always sensed a tone of anti-American schadenfreude in his writings, is nevertheless deeply sobering. He tells how al Qaeda’s ability to carry out terror attacks has not been materially damaged by our efforts. He says al Qaeda has a seven-year plan to win back Afghanistan for the Taliban and also has increasing abilities to attack America, which we, far from preventing, are facilitating with our immigration and other policies.
Ben W. writes:
Both articles concerning different regions, demonstrate what a quagmire we have gotten ourselves in—geographically and temporally.Ken Hechtman writes:
I don’t entirely trust Michael Scheuer either. What you see as anti-American schadenfreude, I see as disgruntled-bureaucrat-cover-your-ass. It’s this constant tone of “I predicted this and this and this at the time and you didn’t listen to me and now the sky is going to fall and you’re going to deserve it.”
Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 26, 2007 11:37 AM | Send