When you really have to wonder if it's incompetence
President Bush’s top counterterrorism advisers acknowledged today that the strategy for fighting Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda leadership in Pakistan had failed
You mean the strategy of creating the Islamic Emirate of Waziristan, and then having Pakistan forbid american arms and men from entering, while releasing all the terrorists held in Pakistan from those and FATA areas, in order to think we were making them happy so they wouldn't be so mean? You mean that strategy? You mean the one where we give them a mini-Afghanistan?
How could thinking, learned, experienced people be convinced that such outright appeasement in the face of Quranic compulsion, prejudice, and outright anti americanism EVER succeed?
1) They are not learned, and like Lyndon Johnson and Ho Chi Minh, mistake their adversaries as people who can be sent 'messages. I don't think so sport
2) They have swallowed UNQUESTIONING the idea of Religion of Peace. Now there may be a great deal of argument over that, but our govt seems to have ruled out a religously based war, with imams teaching that god wants certain outcomes inimical to sunday barbecues and football.
3) They can't deal with the policies which would be compulsory if this turns out to be a religously based world war of varying intensities in different places and times, and sometimes requiring us to use real weapons, and real armies for the outright express purpose of slaughtering the enemy ( as opposed to liberation and nation building), in what would have to be a war of the peoples.
In other words, the leaders are incompetent, and the principles the other side would use (the democrats) are WORSE (hey it's a bumper sticker, and a police matter---BTDT).
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NYT - President Bush’s top counterterrorism advisers acknowledged today that the strategy for fighting Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda leadership in Pakistan had failed, as the White House released a grim new intelligence assessment that has forced the administration to consider more aggressive measures inside Pakistan.
The intelligence report, the most formal assessment since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks about the terrorist threat facing the United States, concludes that the United States is losing ground on a number of fronts in the fight against Al Qaeda, and describes the terrorist organization as having significantly strengthened over the past two years.
In identifying the main reasons for Al Qaeda’s resurgence, intelligence officials and White House aides pointed the finger squarely at a hands-off approach toward the tribal areas by Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who last year brokered a cease-fire with tribal leaders in an attempt to drain support for Islamic extremism in the region.
“It hasn’t worked for Pakistan,” said Frances Fragos Townsend, who heads the Homeland Security Council at the White House. “It hasn’t worked for the United States.”