Peter Bergen and Paul Cruickshank have an article in The New Republic, The Jihadist Revolt Against Bin Laden. It describes how many clerics and previous supporters are turning against the violent Al Qaeda, primarily because of the actions taken against fellow Muslims and civilians in Jordan, Egypt and Iraq.
It is starting to hurt their recruiting. Some have been discouraged when attending the training camps and being sent into combat. Ideological commitment dissloves when you are treated like cannon fodder.
In a recent Newsweek, Fareed Zakaria noted the dramatic decline in terrorist incidents worldwide, especially when you discount the activities in Iraq. Zakaria also notes a disenchantment with the violence that has been directed against their own, but he also gives at least lip service to the impact that our sustained military effort has made in destroying the Al Qaeda infrastructure.
Yet at AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) I heard Obama repeat what so many mindless Bush Bashers mindlessly recite; that we are less safe now than we were before 9/11.
Hogwash. Their political ideology blinds them to the most basic facts. The freedom from terrorism we have enjoyed since 2001 did not happen by accident.
The biggest liability to Obama’s campaign is an American victory. What a terrible position for a presidential candidate to be in.