Thursday, August 06, 2009

A Lone Voice of Reason?

John Brennan, Obama’s chief counter-terrorism advisor, said Al-Qaeda remains a “persistent and evolving threat” to the United States and is being aggressively targeted by the new administration.

“But describing our efforts as a ‘global war’ only plays into the warped narrative that Al-Qaeda propagates,” Brennan said in comments prepared for delivery to a think tank here.

“It plays into the misleading and dangerous notion that the US is somehow in conflict with the rest of the world,” he said.

  Raw Story

Not "somehow". I think we know how.

He said Obama was bringing to the issue “a fundamentally new and more effective approach” by attacking the longer-term problem of Muslim extremism through diplomacy and political and economic strategies.

“Indeed, the counterinsurgency lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan apply equally to the broader fight against extremism: we cannot shoot ourselves out of this challenge,” he said.

Then I’m wondering why we’re still trying that.

“We can take out all the terrorists we want — their leadership and their foot soldiers. But if we fail to confront the broader political, economic, and social conditions in which extremists thrive, then there will always be another recruit in the pipeline, another attack coming downstream,” he said.

I don’t know where they found this nut. He talks like someone who uses his brain.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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