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.