Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Experts Say US is Losing War on Terror: "U.S. terrorism experts Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon have reached a stark conclusion about the war on terrorism: the United States is losing. Despite an early victory over the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan, the two former Clinton administration officials say President George W. Bush's policies have created a new haven for terrorism in Iraq that escalates the potential for Islamic violence against Europe and the United States."

""It's been fairly disastrous," said Benjamin, who worked as a director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council.... "(Bush) has given them an excellent American target in Iraq but in the process has energized the jihad and given militants the kind of urban warfare experience that will raise the future threat to the United States exponentially, [Simon said]".

This joins a seemingly endless line of expert opinion which agrees with the obvious, with common sense and with public opinion that the war on Iraq has increased the threat of terror attack against US and allied targets. In fact, as Chomsky argues, the contention we are fighting a 'war on terror' cannot be taken seriously. Terror is simply not a high priority for the Bush Administration; other goals such as hegemony, control of oil and military bases are obviously considered more important than ending terrorism.

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