It’s all over the news today–the soon-to-be-released National Intelligence Estimate. The Washington Post starts its story like this:
Worldwide counterterror efforts have restrained Osama bin Laden’s network from again attacking the United States, but al-Qaeda’s capabilities to mount such an attack have been “protected or regenerated” partly by securing a safe haven in northwest Pakistan, according to portions of a National Intelligence Estimate made public today.
“Greatly increased worldwide counterterrorism efforts over the past five years have constrained the ability of al Qaeda to attack the U.S. homeland again and have led terrorist groups to perceive the homeland as a harder target to strike than on 9/11,” the new estimate states.
It warns, however, that bin Laden and his top core leadership continue to plot attacks against the United States and “will probably seek to leverage the contacts and capabilities of al Qaeda in Iraq,” whose activities in that country have energized “the broader Sunni extremist community” and helped recruit and indoctrinate new operatives.
No lengthy analysis here. No dissecting the spin from the Current Federal Administration.
Clearly and simply, this assessment shows that the Current Federal Administrator’s strategy (like, for example, you know, making up a war out of whole cloth and invading a country that, like, you know, however disgusting its government may have been, had nothing whatsoever to do with the attack against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, while failing to complete the cleansing of Afghanistan) has been a complete and total failure.
Just as has the Current Federal Administration. (Except for making the rich richer and the poor poorer–they did pretty good at that.)
This is what happens when ideology and delusion trump facts.