April 29, 2012 Arlington VA
Has the Administration over-stated its 'Great Accomplishment'?
An interesting article in USA Today, titled, "1 year after bin Laden's death: Al-Qaeda 'far from defeated" speaks to the actual value of the death of bin Laden. Jim Michaels, the author, points out, "The death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. Navy commandos a year ago was a setback to al-Qaeda, but the Islamic terror organization remains a potent threat around the world, intelligence experts say."
However, the article also points out that a major desire to kill him emanated from his being on the Most Wanted List so long, and not necessarily because he was in 'command' on al-Qaeda. As the article continues, "In the past year, al-Qaeda affiliates have infiltrated whole provinces of eastern Afghanistan and pose a threat to the country's future, according to the Pentagon.'
'Al-Qaeda jihadists are insinuating themselves into many conflicts in parts of Africa, the U.S. Africa Command says.It is blamed for increasing bombings in Iraq and has gained strength in southern Yemen, where it has been holding off government troops and being targeted by U.S. drone strikes."
"l-Qaeda-linked terror plots continued in the years that bin Laden was in hiding and not believed to be in direct contact with plotters. Many were disrupted by foreign and domestic intelligence agencies. Police in New York have broken up several attempted al-Qaeda plots, including terrorists who tried to bomb Times Square and synagogues."He built affiliates," said Rick Nelson, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies."
So, what is the real deal on the importance of the bin Laden killing? Is it more political? Is it the completion of a vengeance need? Or, is it nothing more than an opportunity for the Obama Administration to really DO something that would get headlines?