Reports of Al-Qaeda's Death Greatly Exaggerated

(National Review) Clifford D. May - The evidence that al-Qaeda is alive and lethal is abundant. To cite just a few examples: the French ground war in Mali against AQIM (al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb), the hostage-taking in Algeria by jihadists closely linked to al-Qaeda, the surge of al-Qaeda-connected fighters in Syria, and the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi. Serious analysts are acutely aware that no strategic mistake is more dangerous than telling yourself you are winning when you are not. Within the administration it is forbidden to speak or write openly about the ideology of those fighting us. American officials can kill our enemies (mostly with drones). They just can't analyze, criticize, or challenge the beliefs that motivate them. The writer is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

2013-01-25 00:00:00

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