It is reported that Barack Obama is being given ominous advice from leaders on both sides of the Atlantic to brace himself for an early assault from terrorists.
General Michael Hayden, director of the CIA, this week acknowledged that there were dangers during a presidential transition when new officials were coming in and getting accustomed to the challenges. Hayden said that al-Qaeda remained a “determined, adaptive enemy” operating “from its safe haven in Pakistan”. He added: “If there is a major attack on this country it will bear the fingerprints of al-Qaeda.” He said that the border region remained the base of al-Qaeda’s leadership, which had developed a more durable structure and a deep reserve of skilled operatives. “Al Qaeda, operating from its safe haven in Pakistan’s tribal areas, remains the most clear and present danger to the safety of the United States,” General Hayden said.
If the threat entirely comess from these Pakistani tribal areas, isn’t it high time we blitzed the hell out of them? If we can secure global safety by crushing AL Queda in this zone, why the delay? In a war, you take it to the enemy. The enemy is, according to received military wisdom, in the Pakistani tribal areas, so it’s time that we ensured the enemy was decimated.