Thursday, July 07, 2005

The Flypaper Strategy at Work

From CNN:

Osama bin Laden and his deputy in al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri, have threatened Britain along with other countries in their recent messages, he noted.

"It proves that they still exist and at a large scale despite the war against terrorism," he said of the London bombings.

Look, whatever you think about the war in Iraq, you cannot convince me that going after the thug Hussein, no immediate threat to the United States, was more vital to national security than hunting and destroying Osama and the Afghani/al-Qaeda terror network. Our resources should have been deployed to Afghanistan in full force, not diverted to freaking Iraq before the job was done. Recent events, including the horror in London and the tragedy of the US Seal teams, indicate that far from being the central front in the war on terror, Iraq began as a diversion that we are now committed to, at the expense of our security and the stability of Afghanistan. Rather than being 'flypaper,' one could argue that instead Iraq is inspiring new terror in Europe, such as that in London and Madrid, and our troops are still fighting hard in Afghanistan. How long until Afghanistan becomes forgotten and neglected?
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