Success Against al-Qaeda
This Washington Post
story is interesting both because of what it says and when it appeared (today). There is not much meat on the point of the story: "U.S. and international intelligence officials say that improved
recruitment of spies inside the al-Qaeda network, along with increased
use of targeted airstrikes and enhanced assistance from cooperative
governments, has significantly reduced the terrorist organization's
effectiveness." Yet, one can't help feeling that the reason it's a story is to support the claim of those who say that improved counterterrorism efforts are proof that no more troops are needed in Afghanistan. That is, it is a way for Obama to get out of the box he has found himself in: Afghanistan is the necessary (and good war), yet he does not want to send more troops: The Afghan campaign is no longer necessary. This will get rather interesting.
5:48 PM / September 30, 2009