War on terror 'vanishes from agenda'

  1. there is intense speculation in the corridors of washington over where foreign policy might head in the next four years.


    but while iraq and iran may top the list, you hear almost no talk - at least at the moment - about washington's "war on terror" against al-qaeda.

    after an election in which the fear of an attack hung over the campaign, there is now little discussion over whether the us is winning or what victory might look like.

    while there is lots of talk about which countries the us should seek to press over terrorism, there is not much sign yet of a renewed focus on the ideological struggle or the kind of "imagination" called for by the 11 september commission.

    richard clarke, the former white house counter-terrorism czar under both president clinton and president bush, has been an outspoken critic of the current administration since he left it.

    he accuses the bush administration of a lack of strategic thought.


    "so much of the us government's attention is on iraq that they are really not thinking conceptually about the war on terrorism," he told me.

    "president bush has conflated iraq and the war on terrorism into one thing, and therefore when they're working on iraq they think they're working on the war on terrorism - which of course they're not because it's a very different thing.

    "the administration probably believes its own rhetoric when they say they've captured or killed three-quarters of al-qaeda leaders, and that al-qaeda's on the ropes," he says.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4034833.stm
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Mkue
    "President Bush has conflated Iraq and the war on terrorism into one thing, and therefore when they're working on Iraq they think they're working on the war on terrorism - which of course they're not because it's a very different thing.
    wow.. I couldn't disagree more with this writers statement..especially considering that coalition forces are fighting terrorists in Iraq as we write.. of course they are referred to as insurgants, rebels.. etc.. the media can call them what they wish but I'm not so easily fooled..
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am not easily fooled either......
  5. by   weetziebat
    Quote from smilingblueyes
    i am not easily fooled either......
    ditto
  6. by   Mkue
    so you two don't believe we are fighting terrorists in Iraq? if not that's fine, you're entitled to your own opinion.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Read what I feel on the other thread, Marie, please, regarding WMD and lies. I won't waste bandwidth repeating here. And it's nothing I have not said before, as others have as well.You seem to only read what you choose to, often.I guess we all do that at times, don't we?
  8. by   Mkue
    Yes or No wouldn't take up much bandwith.. do you think we are fighting terrorists in Iraq?
  9. by   URO-RN
    Quote from Tigerlily
    Yes or No wouldn't take up much bandwith.. do you think we are fighting terrorists in Iraq?
    No, Marie, we are not.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    the biggest and most powerful terrorist of all is free today....

    all cause we took a very big detour to another country in our quest for oil.

    that is what I think, Marie. Pure and simple. I don't think our problem lies in IRAQ, does that answer your question?
  11. by   weetziebat
    Quote from smilingblueyes
    the biggest and most powerful terrorist of all is free today....

    all cause we took a very big detour to another country in our quest for oil.

    that is what i think, marie. pure and simple. i don't think our problem lies in iraq, does that answer your question?
    i'd say 'ditto' except, upon more thought, i'm not sure the biggest and most powerful terrorist of all isn't in the white house. jmho
  12. by   Mkue
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    the biggest and most powerful terrorist of all is free today....

    all cause we took a very big detour to another country in our quest for oil.

    that is what I think, Marie. Pure and simple. I don't think our problem lies in IRAQ, does that answer your question?
    Actually we've been hunting for OBL all along but you won't hear about it in the news.
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Bush HIMSELF said "he did not care" where he was, Marie. Sheesh how cavelier can ya get. He did a 180---first, saying we would hunt OBL to the ends of the earth to "we don't care"? Ummm stupppppppiiiiddd strategy, if you ask me, to say that. Just who is the "flipflopper" anyhow?

    Why NOT tell the American people we are STILL after that evil man, and will continue to hunt him til he is caught, if it's true??? Either way, he further damaged his credibility in many eyes when saying that.

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