Osama Bin-Laden was more of a threat than the United states thought. According to the latest on information found in his Pakistani hide-away he was more than just an inspirational leader. He had an active role in planning operations directed at Americans. He encouraged his followers to target smaller cities, that it was not necessary to target places like New York City. what was important in his eyes was killing the most americans in one shot as possible. He felt that a second mega disaster like that of WTC would be enough to drive The United States out of the mid-east.
According to the Associated Press the information shatters the governments conventional thinking that he was nothing more than a mere spiritual leader, a figurehead whose years in hiding made him to marginalized to maintain operational control of the organization he founded. Instead, he was communicating from his walled compound in Pakistan with Al-Qaida offshoots, including the Yemen branch that has emerged as the leading threat to the United States.
What this information tells us is that the war on terror is not yet over. It tells us that the war might go on for years, despite the death of Bin-Laden.
While I have advocated getting out of the Mid-East, it was not, and is not because of terrorism, but mainly my focus is economic. Of course the war is expensive. But, in the midst of our own economic crisis, we can not continue to pump Billions in the Mid-East and at the same time wage what seems like a never-ending war.
Terrorism is a rash that is all around us. It is persistent, and spreads quickly. Conventional military tactics does not seem to be the answer to this type of war. Instead I would advocate a more Covert Operational war, via the CIA and other such organizational structures. the primary operation and coordination should include Home Land Security or some agency of that sort.
The idea is to stop the terrorist before he can strike. We have the capability to do so, but we must refocus funds in that direction. Under covert operations, and deep investigatory tactics, we can find cells her at home, highlight them, gain access to them and take them out. However, we do not, or no longer need to focus primary attention on terrorist organizations that are not even here in the United States. Fighting terrorism through military operations in the Mid-East Theater is expensive. It is an expense that can no longer be afforded.
I am not the one to look for the logistics, or planning of such counter terrorism efforts. But the idea of continued military operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as Iraq seem to be more and more pointless as well expensive.
We have cells right here in the United States. They must be dealt with before they become a serious threat to the public. They are already a threat to National Security.
That’s my point of view……I look forward to reading yours.
Meanwhile, as usual……..God Bless the Folks down South, Especially Tennessee and Mississippi. God Bless our Troops overseas, our Congress, our leadership and the President of the United States. And God Bless you.
Have a great night.