Skip to comments.9/11 Commission: U.S. Terror War has Stymied al Qaida
Posted on 06/29/2004 9:27:12 AM PDT by jmstein7
The Sept. 11 Commission has found that the Bush administration's war on terror has severely impaired al Qaida's ability to organize another spectacular attack against the U.S. homeland by capturing or killing the deadly terror group's key leaders, drying up their financial resources and "severely limiting their ability to strategize, plan attacks, and dispatch operatives worldwide."
The bombshell finding, buried at the end of the Commission's Staff Statement No. 15, should have been hailed in the press as evidence that we've at least turned the corner in the war on terror - and may indeed have the enemy on the run. Instead, reporters have ignored this particular Commission finding since its release on June 16.
Here's the part of Staff Statement 15 that the press decided Americans didn't need to hear about, as reported by the Commission under the heading "Al Qaeda* Today." "Since the September 11 attacks and the defeat of the Taliban, as Qaeda's funding has decreased significantly. The arrests or deaths of several important financial facilitators have decreased the amount of money al Qaeda has raised and increased the costs and difficulty of raising and moving that money.
"Some entirely corrupt charities are now out of business, with many of their principals killed or captured, although some charities may still be providing support to al Qaeda.
"Moreover, it appears that the al Qaeda attacks within Saudi Arabia in May and November 2003 have reduced - perhaps drastically - at Qaeda's ability to raise funds from Saudi sources. Both an increase in Saudi enforcement and a more negative perception of al Qaeda by potential donors have cut its income." [END OF EXCERPT]
And the good news for America - not to mention the Bush administration - doesn't end there. In the same section, Staff Statement 15 notes:
"Prior to 9/11, al Qaeda was a centralized organization which used Afghanistan as a war room to strategize, plan attacks, and dispatch operatives worldwide." But now, says the Commission, "Bin Ladin's* seclusion [has] forced operational commanders and cell leaders to assume greater authority; they are now making the command decisions previously made by him." [END OF EXCERPT]
In other words, whether dead or alive, the prime mover behind the Sept. 11 attacks has been taken out of commission, with operational authority handed over to allies of convenience like Abu Musab al Zarqawi.
And while Zarqawi has mounted dozens of operations throughout the Middle East in recent months, including a deadly chem-bomb plot foiled by Jordanian authorities in April, his focus these days seems to be pretty much on Iraq - not America.
And even there, Zarqawi seems to be feeling the heat lately. According to the recent communique he sent to bin Laden, published on Islamic web sites earlier this month, he complained about being "squeezed" by U.S. forces.
"The space of movement is starting to get smaller," he told the 9/11 chief. "The [U.S.] grip is starting to be tightened on the holy warriors' necks and, with the spread of soldiers and police, the future [for our side] is becoming frightening."
To be sure, the 9/11 Commission did not attribute any success in the terror war to the president by name, though as its leader and chief strategist, that conclusion is inescapable.
And neither does Staff Statement 15 say that al Qaeda has been completely vanquished, warning instead that the bin Laden network is still able to execute smaller operations and is "striving to attack the U.S. and inflict mass casualties" - using nuclear weapons if possible.
Still, when the 9/11 Commission reports: "Al Qaeda today is more a loose collection of regional networks with a greatly weakened central organization," it's hard not to conclude President Bush's war on terror is making significant progress. Unless you're a journalist.
was Gorelick home devouring her offspring the day this was added?
NOW I'm worried. I was feeling better, but if the 7/11 commission says it's better, I have to start worrying...
I used to wonder why she did such a hideous job applying her makeup, but then I realized that makeup application must be a bitch when you can't see your own reflection in a mirror.
LOL, good one.
File this under "Things you won't hear from NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN or MSNBC".
Rush is reading this now.
We need to write letters to the editor of our local papers; otherwise no one will hear about it but a few people!
Rush quoting from this article now...:o)
Or your shoes.
Yeah, I've got him on in the background.
MSNBC is getting progressively worse (if that's even possible). I was so disgusted with them that I haven't watched in a few weeks. Last night I was trying to get news on the Iraq handover and made the mistake of clicking on the Andrea Mitchell / Tom Brokaw interview. Tom Brokaw should really be ashamed of himself. He was at an all time low.
LOL!!! Good one.
Wasn't it Lehman who said they never read the staff reports?
The staff reports may have more 'truth' in them than the actual report of the commission members.
What did "Brokejaw" and "Mrs. Allan Greenspan" have to say?
When will ABCNNBC BS cover this reality?
When will the NY/LA Slimes, Washington Compost, and other canary cage floor liners carry this as front page news.
That's the problem we face with these people, though: They have no shame, guilt, or in general, a conscience. That is how Clinton and the Dem'Rats survived eight years of scandal. They weren't smart or politically shrewd, just shameless. No man with integrity could face the nation the way Clinton does; no journalist with a conscience would distort the news as radically and consistently as the mainstream talking heads do. This also explains why Leftists are such violent, hate-filled, people.
Henry Lee II
"Leftists are crazed and violent people,
with the blood of millions on their hands.
I watched that whore for about ten seconds last night before switching in outrage.
Nope, absolutely NOTHING on CNN's main webpage.
Rush just talked about this---and mentioned that the media have buried this finding of the commission.
Someone tell that Soviet apologist and all-around dumbass Richard Cohen about this.
It was just awful. The two of them couldn't come up with one positive thing to say. They were grasping at anything negative they could think of. Made it sound like Iraq was a disaster and the early handover was a sign of failure. Talk about seeing the glass half empty...... I turned it off rather quickly myself - couldn't take the entire segment. They actually hate the President so much that they would begrudge the Iraqi people a chance at democracy. History in the making and they all failed to report it accurately with the exception of Fox News.
Brokaw's leaving at the end of the year, so he doesn't feel the need to "hide" anymore what he actually is, a leftwingnut.
Thats why he showed up at the Farenheit 9/11 opening in New York. It was just an evening with his close friends, doncha know?
Of course CNN isn't saying anything about this. Turner would fire the employee that did so.
Newsmax is the only source for this story according to google news. I don't see anything on drudge either. Give them time.
I love it when the left's main sources for ammo against the President turns around and smacks them in the face.
How many times has this happened to them in the last 3.5 years? 100?
This news needs to be hushed up. It goes counter to the talking points...
Yesterday BUSH turns Sovereignty over to a FREE Iraq.
Today BUSH tells Turkey that all the rest of the Middle East will soon be as FREE as Iraq because...
"TERROR is not a tool of the FREE"
How come Dan Blather didn't tell me this?
It has to be false. Move along..
Here is my impression of mainstream media:
7-11 Committee Ping
Thanks for the report and take care.
Writing in today's Times on what he calls "The Zelikow Report," Safire takes aim at the newly issued staff report that dismissed out of hand any real connection between Iraq and al-Qaida, which led to a media broadside claiming it was a conclusion of the Commission itself, which it was not.
It was not the judgment of the commissioners, but merely an assertion of the "runaway" staff headed by ex-N.S.C. [National Security Council] aide Philip Zelikow. "After Vice President Dick Cheney's outraged objection, the staff's sweeping conclusion was soon disavowed by both commission chairman Tom Kean and vice chairman Lee Hamilton," Safire reported.
"Yesterday, Governor Kean passed along this stunner about 'no collaborative relationship' to ABC's George Stephanopoulos: 'Members do not get involved in staff reports.'"
The Rick Kaplan era is coming to fruition.
LOL!! Sick but funny!
Do you really think that the editors will listen to the people and not follow their orders from the DNC?
I've had a few published in distinctly liberal newspapers.
The American main-stream media was relatively positive...compared with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. They made my blood boil. There was one gentleman from Iraq being interviewed who said that he now had hope...he was smiling. I wondered how that didn't get edited out. I had to turn it off....disgusting. I am ashamed of them. This is why I no longer listen to Canadian news.
You get a double on that one :)
Not exactly true. There is the 9/11 Commssion itself, which offers their staff statement in PDF files that even reporters - if they so choose - are allowed to read:
I can't help it that nobody else in the press picked up on what's there for all the world to see.
Bump for NewsMax
ANY reaction putting the US military on the OFFENSIVE in the ENEMY's turf will result in a defeat for terrorists. They were simply taking advantage of lack of American commitment to fighting terrorism since 1979. Now the US Army's boot is on Irak's neck, the war is in their territory where it belongs and they are losing.
If there was anything left to Al Queda in America, they would be chopping off heads in Kansas City instead of Iraq.
Oh, it's possible, alright. This morning I caught a bit of one of these "interviews" where the reporterette in the studio is talking to the reporter in the field. In this case, the field reporter was Michael Ware from Time magazine. He was genuinely wild-eyed and crazed-looking, with a scruffy beard and unkempt clothing. (He has a British or Australian accent.)
He was breathelessly going on and on about how he had gone to an Iraqi safe house. (Of course, he apparently never thought that he might save some American and coalition lives if he told the authorities where this safe house was, but why quibble when there's a story to get.)
He said the U.S. has made more terrorists, not less. That the Iraqis he was meeting were becoming jihadists and wanted an Islamic government, whereas even just a year ago, they were secularists who would never have dreamed of actively working to install an Islamist government.
Here's a link to the online article he was discussing with the MSNBC reporterette. Reading the article in the privacy of your own home or office will not convey Ware's near hysteria, which was clear, to me at least, during this morning's interview. Perhaps he had some valid points, perhaps not. But I had trouble taking him seriously because of his wild-eyed demeanor.
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