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The United States Lacks Comprehensive Plan to Destroy the Terrorist Threat

April 28, 2008

The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the US House of Representatives commissioned a study by the Government Accountability Office regarding the ability of the various US agencie to counter the Al-Qaida threat in the Pakistan’s tribal areas surrounding the border with Afghanistan. The mere title of the report:

The United States Lacks Comprehensive Plan to Destroy the Terrorist Threat and Close the Safe Haven in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas

hints at the kind of verbal carnage that ensues. The report berates the US administration for:

  • Al Qaeda had regenerated its ability to attack the United States and had succeeded in establishing a safe haven in Pakistan’s FATA.
  • Al Qaeda had effectively found replacements for many of its senior operational planners over the years. The NIE stated that, in the past 2 years, al Qaeda’s central leadership regenerated the core operational capabilities needed to conduct attacks against the United States.
  • al Qaeda is most likely using the FATA to plot terrorist attacks against political, economic, and infrastructure targets in America “designed to produce mass casualties, visually dramatic destruction, significant economic aftershocks, and/or fear among the population.”

The obious question is how can the US government be spending close to $150 billion a year on a futile war in Iraq while neglecting an area which poses an actual threat to its interests? It belies me, for sure.

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