2.19.2007

With U.S. bogged down in Iraq, al Qaeda re-organizes in Waziristan

The NY Times reports that al Qaeda and the Tailban are busy re-establishing their worldwide terror network from their bases of operations in the mountainous region of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area. Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, are said to be steadily building an operations hub in North Waziristan.

What's curious is that this "revelation" was provided anonymously to the NYTimes. Is it just coincidence that upon the U.S. Congress finally getting its act together enough to challenge the president's war effort, along comes a secretive governmental official to provide the country's most influential newspaper intelligence information about the regrouping of al Qaeda.

My suspicion is that this "revelation", while probably true, is being thrown out now in order to bolster public support for "war the war on terror" and ensure Congress approves additional war spending.

However, it seems that news of a resurgent al Qaeda in Afghanistan-Pakistan also gives critical support to those that charge that war in Iraq was a distraction from the real challenge: completing the Afghanistan War, including finding and bringing to justice Osama Bid Laden and his lieutenants.