October 26, 2006

Common Goals

Andrew Cochran notes something of interest today in the Counterterrorism Blog:

I'm amazed by the op-eds written by Peter Bergen in today's New York Times tiled, "What Osama Wants," and by Michael Scheuer in yesterday's Washington Times, titled, "Another bin Laden victory." Both men are luminaries in the counterterrorism community on the basis of their brave and objective work inside terrorist cases and events, and also due to their open criticism of numerous elements of current national security strategy. Mr. Bergen is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, known in Washington more for criticizing President Bush than for agreeing with him. But both men endorse the current strategy in Iraq and express certainty that the loss of GOP control of the U.S. Congress would be an outright victory for Al Qaeda and jihadists. Frankly, I never would have imagined that either man would write this so close to the election. Given their backgrounds, their views should be taken seriously as a forecast by two world-reknowned and objective experts of probable jihadist reaction to the election.


Considering that Democratic and al Qaeda rhetoric in the 2004 Presidential campaign was almost identical, this should hardly be surprising.

When the language of the Democratic Party's leading luminaries is indistinguishable from that of those who desire to destroy the American way of life, it might be time to reevaluate their choice of words and their positions.

Keep that in mind, Security Moms.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 26, 2006 12:44 PM | TrackBack

That's funny... seems like it's the GOP that's using direct-quote AQ propaganda these days to cling to power.

Posted by: legion at October 26, 2006 02:21 PM

That's pretty funny considering there are only about 1,000 Al Qaeda in Iraq according to the US military, and they are only one of about 100 different warring militias and factions. The Sunni insurgents themselves will wipe out the Al Qaeda in Iraq once we leave. They only tolerate them now because Al Qaeda is helping them to force us out.

There are many things to worry about in Iraq, but Al Qaeda is far down the list. The Shiites and Kurds (who make up 80% of the population) are implacably hostile to Al Qaeda which is based on the Wahabbi brand of Sunni Islam. As for Iraq's Sunni population, they are largely secular and modern. Iraq doesn't provide the same sort of fertile ground for Al Qaeda that countries like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan do. Once we leave, Al Qaeda in Iraq is finished.

Posted by: TD Larkin at October 26, 2006 02:21 PM

They only tolerate them now because Al Qaeda is helping them to force us out.

Can you point me to the source for this analysis?

Posted by: Purple Avenger at October 26, 2006 11:21 PM

What legion said.

Posted by: Fred at October 28, 2006 01:05 PM