July 27, 2011
Report: Al Qaeda Is Pretty Much Finished

We’ve heard this before, but The Washington Post has an attention-grabbing headline this morning: “U.S. officials believe al-Qaeda on brink of collapse.” More specifically, The Post cites closed-door meetings between counter terrorism officials and says that “a widespread view at the CIA and other agencies [is] that a relatively small number of additional blows could effectively extinguish the Pakistan-based organization.” Osama bin Laden’s death at the hands of the Navy SEAL team was referred to as “the turning point.”

Beyond bin Laden, “we have eliminated a number of generations of leaders,” said a senior U.S. counterterrorism official. “They have not had a successful operation in a long time. You at some point have to ask yourself, ‘What else do we have to do?’”

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    Somehow I have a feeling military spending will not be phased.
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    I think this is a little presumptuous, but still promising.
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    but who will america fight against now to keep the war machine going?
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    How about at some point we stop targeting and killing Muslim men, women, and children in the Middle East that was...
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