Amid Policy Disputes, Qaeda Grows in Pakistan
WASHINGTON — Late last year, top Bush administration officials decided to take a step they had long resisted. They drafted a secret plan to make it easier for the Pentagon’s Special Operations forces to launch missions into the snow-capped mountains of Pakistan to capture or kill top leaders of Al Qaeda.
Why in the world would they resist going after Bin Laden and his fellow cockroaches, when they said they were committed to a "war on terror"?
But more than six months later, the Special Operations forces are still waiting for the green light. The plan has been held up in Washington by the very disagreements it was meant to eliminate. A senior Defense Department official said there was “mounting frustration” in the Pentagon at the continued delay.
And they still aren't going after the real terrorists? This is what they should have done about the 12th. of September of 2001.
Just how bad has the situation been allowed to get?
Just as it had on the day before 9/11, Al Qaeda now has a band of terrorist camps from which to plan and train for attacks against Western targets, including the United States. Officials say the new camps are smaller than the ones the group used prior to 2001. However, despite dozens of American missile strikes in Pakistan since 2002, one retired C.I.A. officer estimated that the makeshift training compounds now have as many as 2,000 local and foreign militants, up from several hundred three years ago.
That's pretty bad, don't you think?
Of course, Bush's decision to invade Iraq, which we all know by now was a mistake of the first order, has made it more difficult to go after those who attacked this country:
Current and former military and intelligence officials said that the war in Iraq consistently diverted resources and high-level attention from the tribal areas. When American military and intelligence officials requested additional Predator drones to survey the tribal areas, they were told no drones were available because they had been sent to Iraq.
Will the Bushistas finally and at long last do what should have been done seven years ago, or are they still hunting for those elusive nukular devices in Iraq?
The candidates keep talking about change. If we don't get our fiscal house in order, we'll all be on the street corner asking for change.