Al Qaeda Chain of Command Resurgent

Via Talking Points Memo, the New York Times carries a report on its front page covering the resurgence of Al Qaida in the border areas of Pakistan. According to (unnamed) U. S. officials:

... the training camps had yet to reach the size and level of sophistication of the Qaeda camps established in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. But groups of 10 to 20 men are being trained at the camps, the officials said, and the Qaeda infrastructure in the region is gradually becoming more mature.
 
The new warnings are different from those made in recent months by intelligence officials and terrorism experts, who have spoken about the growing abilities of Taliban forces and Pakistani militants to launch attacks into Afghanistan. American officials say that the new intelligence is focused on Al Qaeda and points to the prospect that the terrorist network is gaining in strength despite more than five years of a sustained American-led campaign to weaken it.

There's an erroneous assumption contained in that statement, however. There is no evidence of a "sustained" campaign against Al Qaeda; the Bush administration has devoted its resources to a war with Mexico in retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbor. And the Mexicans are winning.

Thanks a lot, George, Dick, Donald and Condi (and Paul, Doug, Stephen, Daniel and the rest of the neocons) for getting us into this mess.

New York Times 2/19/2007: Al Qaeda Chiefs are Seen to Regain Power

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