Bush Leaves Office With Bin Laden And al-Qaeda Severely Wounded
"I love posting these pro President Bush things as it p*sses off so many progressive liberals in their virulent rants against anything Bush !"
The democrats are lucky. All they need to do is make sure they continue to stabilize Iraq and Afghanistan and help Pakistan clear out the last remaining Islamo Fascists hold up in their northern tribal regions - then plan the victory parades. They will arrogantly claim they ended the Iraq war (hopefully in victory if they can show some self restraint), and be the laughing stock of people who know who stayed the course to victory.
Bin Laden was the future of Islam after 9-11. It was assumed to be de facto reality that the Muslim world would rally behind him and al-Qaeda and start a global military conflict against The West and America using a stealth fighting force of terrorists. If things went well for Bin Laden, those stealth terrorists would be armed with a variety of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Today Bin Laden and al-Qaeda and any related groups are the enemy of Muslims in Iraq. Today Bin Laden and the Taliban and al-Qaeda are hunted down in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Bin Laden is not the universal future of Islam, in most of the Arab Muslim communities he is the enemy.
And we have George W Bush, Ambassador Ryan Crocker, General David Petraeus and Senator John McCain to thank for this turn of events, among many others. And we have our military and civilian forces who fought this war in the trenches, and paid the sacrifices for all of us, to thank as well. Today we have allies in Afghanistan, not uncountable al-Qaeda training camps and a diseased version of Taliban Islam. Today we have allies in Iraq, not a power mad dictator with direct connections to the top al-Qaeda leaders and various related organizations. Today Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain all are much stronger allies than they were after Gulf War I - illustrating how far we turned the situation around since 9-11.
Here are some interesting news stories from the last few days for folks to read and look back on 11/11/01, two months after 9-11, and think about how things have changed.
First is a story of an Iraqi town defying al-Qaeda, it is at this grass roots level where al-Qaeda has been the most damaged, crippling its support network and recruiting:snip