Priorities in the War on Terror

April 3, 2008 at 2:31 pm Leave a comment

If the war on terror was important to George Bush:

  1. The Taliban would be up at the top of the list just behind Al-Qaeda.  The Taliban provided the training grounds and after the attacks, provided them sanctuary.    
    “The past two years have seen the highest number of foreign military casualties since the US-led invasion in 2001 forced the Taliban from power in Kabul.”
    US and coalition military efforts have been hampered by a lack of troops and reconstruction resources”
    “Taliban militants planted hundreds of roadside bombs and conducted scores of suicide bomb attacks in 2007 in Afghanistan, contributing to a record year of violence that killed 6,000 people, nearly 2,000 of them civilians.”
  2. The National Cyber Security Center (part of the Department of Homeland Security)  would not be headed up by someone with no experience in cyber security (think FEMA management).   Hmmm. 
    “The top cybersecurity official in the US government, the head of the Department of Homeland Security’s newly announced National Cyber Security Center, is a man with no government experience and no security experience. ”
     
  3. The head of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) would not be a vacant post for 6 months.  John Redd was ousted by the Bush Administration in Ocotber of 2007.  As of March 2007, the position has gone unfilled.  This is center of our nation’s anti-terror organization.  Redd showed lackluster support for the mess in Iraq and 2 days later decided he should spend time with his family and less time working.  Hmmm. 
  4. The chair of the Homeland Security Council (part of the Department of Homeland Security) would not be vacant for the past 2 months. This is a top Whitehouse appointed position, created by George Bush. 

Sources:
http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKISL26840120080329 
http://www.eurasianet.org/departments/insight/articles/eav040108f.shtml 
http://www.newsweek.com/id/124117?tid=relatedcl
http://www.newsweek.com/id/124117?tid=relatedcl
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080328-meet-the-new-us-cybersecurity-czar.html

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