Skip to comments.U.S. has decimated al Qaeda chiefs but must persist in fight: Panetta
Posted on 11/20/2012 6:41:23 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
(Reuters) - U.S. forces have decimated al Qaeda's leadership and made gains against some of its affiliates, but the fight has shifted in new directions that will require persistent U.S. efforts to truly end the threat, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Tuesday.
Panetta, in a speech to the Center for a New American Security, said while the United States had achieved progress against al Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Somalia, associated groups had made inroads in Mali and Nigeria and were trying to gain a foothold in Libya.
He said the United States had "decimated core al Qaeda," killing leaders like Osama bin Laden, Sheikh Saeed al-Masri and Abu Yahya al-Libi. It also has made strides against affiliated groups like al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen and al Shabaab in Somalia, he said.
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Decimate: reduce by 10%. So AQ still has 90% of its chiefs remaining.
Leon, you’re doing a heckuva job.
You beat me to it.
"Decimate" was something the Roman legions did to their own soldiers as a method of group discipline.
It was supposed to make the remaining 90% stronger and more willing to fight and follow orders.
I think it worked.
I do not believe you, Mr. Panetta.
Then there's Egypt...we pay them billions
And we're giving money to those great Asian communist countries. Yeh Friendship...on my dime.
Uh huh. I fear what this country will look like in 50 years.
“U.S. has decimated al Qaeda chiefs but must persist in fight: Panetta”
That would come as a surprise to the four Americans who were slaughtered recently. I hate these glib talking bastards and the press that supports them.
Guerrilla wars last a while. Colombia has been fighting communists for almost 50 years, and for most of that none of its neighbors was backing the guerrillas. Bolivia and Venezuela recently started giving Colombia’s guerrillas shelter, but that was after Morales and Chavez came to power.
Killing al Qaeda guys is wack a mole and more keep popping up. It probably costs $5 million per guy or more, plus puts a lot of our military abroad in dangerous places to do the job. Maybe a new plan is in order.
Ping to leon at his most ignorant.
Al Qaeda; now attacking 10% fewer embassies than it used to.
Lets give credit where it is due.
Bush did it.
Since obama? Troop have to fight the muslims, his brethren, with hands tied so as to not offend them.
Lets define decimation in the style of our leading from behind president.
Obama is busy arming them, (and the MB) for the decimation of Israel and America!
Notice how the naive Infidels frame the problem as being al Qaeda, a specific small group, when the problem is tens of millions of fundamental Muslims world wide following the religion as written in the Koran. -Tom
Pannyboy is so FOS he has dingleberries instead of ear wax. Al Qaeda isn’t a snake. It’s a freaking hydra. Cut off a couple of heads and they grow right back.
Hey Panetta you douche-dick, where were you during the attack in Benghazi ? What a loser.
Apologies for the language.
We are just mowing the grass. Without cutting off their financial support in SA and Gulf states..we will face a new crop every week. It is time to put some real terrorists out of business.
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