I read somewhere quite some time ago that some members of AQ were against 9/11 attacks. They thought it'd wake up the Americans and the world too soon to AQ and Islamist malicious intentions. But, 9/11 happened...we still, seem half asleep. Hey, this ain't USSR and Cold War, Reagan passed away and Thatcher was forced away by her OWN party. I have tremendous respect for both.
Now, there is nothing that could stop any AQ or Islamist attacks anywhere if they were truly determined to do so, imo. Many have written about it, including this person - read it please, if you haven't already:
Airport security, etc.. are ad hoc, reactive, and tactical at best.
This war needs to be understood at multiple and strategic levels; it still isn't or, at least, doesn't seem to be. If it is understood by enemy and strategic terms, then, the West needs to act accordingly and in a United fashion. So far, it isn't and hasn't acted in any meaningful sense AT ALL.
I'm saddened by the fact that the Democrats won the midterm elections. But, as for Islamic Iran or AQ, was there any other actionable or feasible strategy or policy before the Dems won? I'm afraid the clear answer is: NO.
Excellent post and link. I haven't read all the report yet, but from what I have read it is on the mark.
Thank you odds!