Fighting al Qaeda Where?


Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell is concerned that al Qaeda’s base is shifting outside of Iraq.
This may undo President Bush’s famous line, “We are fighting them there so we don’t have to fight them here.”
But where is there now?
— Steve Clemons


6 comments on “Fighting al Qaeda Where?

  1. JohnH says:

    Al Qaida in Iraq is shifting to…(drum roll)…Iran!
    How convenient. I’m shocked, simply shocked that US “intelligence” hadn’t hyped such a move months ago. Have the neocons and their con-ees in the corporate media been asleep at their teleprompters?


  2. Ross Smith says:

    Failed states or failed portions of states (NW Pakistan) are relatively safe havens.
    There really is not a “safe haven” shortage in the world. In fact, the number of safe havens has increased since Iraq was added to their number.
    Sudan, Somalia, and other places in Africa plus parts of Asia are lawless enough to provide plenty of “where’s.”


  3. ,.. says:

    all of bushs famous lines can be nixed… the man is a manipulator par excellence.. too bad more bloggers couldn’t catch on to this earlier in his presidency.


  4. Dan Kervick says:

    It looks like the Bush administration might be preparing a face-saving rationale for a redeployment from Iraq to Afghanistan. Instead of admitting that Iraq was a big mistake all along, they will just say that Iraq was for a while the main front in the war on terror, but no longer is.
    I’m certain this sort of move would be gratifying in the fall to whomever ends up being the Republican nominee, since it would undercut one of the Democrats’ best issues.


  5. ogle says:

    Steve, I believe we demonstrated in Iraq that wherever we choose to conquer and occupy another country, some of our adversaries will claim affiliation with al Qaeda.


  6. Linda says:

    Well, he seems to be saying that we should have just stayed in Afghanistan as that’s where they are now.
    But all I can think of is Gertrude Stein when it comes to this administration’s policies: “There is no there there.”


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