Dumb US Strategy Keeps Giving Life to al-Qaeda
It's decentralized now, but maybe more dangerous: Eugene Robinson
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2013 12:26 PM CDT
A Bahraini armored personnel vehicle reinforces U.S. Embassy security outside a gate to the building in Manama, Bahrain, on Sunday.   (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

(Newser) – The al-Qaeda of old may be dead as we once knew it, but misguided US policy over a decade might actually be making things worse, writes Eugene Robinson in the Washington Post. He sums it up this way: "Al-Qaeda turns out to be like a pool of mercury. Hit it with a hammer and you end up with 10 little blobs instead of one big one." Note the rising influence of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, an affiliate of the main group largely responsible for the spate of recent terror alerts.

US mistakes began with George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq but have continued under President Obama and his perma-war via drones. "My argument with Obama’s policies is not that the president has tried too hard to end the 'war on terror,' as hawks allege," writes Robinson. "It’s that he hasn’t tried hard enough to leave behind the 'war' metaphor as ill-suited to a struggle that is fundamentally ideological." Our policies keep creating more anti-US terrorists. We should think engagement instead of intervention, and "soft power" instead of military might. Click for Robinson's full column.

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Bartmaeus
Aug 7, 2013 4:51 AM CDT
US strategy relates to the geopolitical aim of attaining full spectrum dominance (its own term), and the patsies in America's wars of colonialist expansion are al Qaida fighters, doing the dirty work in Syria, as in Libya, as in Mali, as in Lebannon, as in the Caucausus, as in Pakistan, as in Yemen, etc. Others, too, as in Iran, sponsored and trained by US and Israeli intelligence, and so on and so on. No mistake, as this disinformation reporter is spreading. The US needs and uses al Qaida in order to create the conditions which will subdue the citizens to the elites' NWO agenda.
ppaca
Aug 7, 2013 3:30 AM CDT
"US mistakes began with George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq but have continued under President Obama and his perma-war via drones." But all you liberals keep on saying Al Qaeda wasn't even in Iraq when we invaded. How could GWB's decision have had any effect on Al Qaeda? Does Eugene Robinson, the far left editorialist for WaPo, know something more than you people do? This is hilarious because 0bama has said Al Qaeda has been decimated and that the War on Terror is over. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! It is only a coincidence that we've had to close virtually every embassy in Muslim countries. The same for our allies. This is merely more proof that this embassy shut down was meant to distract us from the "phony" scandals of the 0bama regime, especially Benghazi, and to make it appear the NSA spying is actually beneficial for the American people. 0bama was so severely embarrassed by Russia's granting of asylum to Edward Snowden that he felt the closures were necessary to allow him to save face. Sorry Barry, it's not working.
Lefty_Libby
Aug 6, 2013 11:09 PM CDT
We should get the hell out of North Africa and Asia Minor entirely. Leave those sovereign nations to their own sectarian infighting. Let the global corporations that want the resources from that region provide supply their own private security forces. China, Russia and India are fostering trade with this region and building alliances. We are creating enemies and spreading more war than we can afford.