ErikLaurence wrote:I see that we played directly into their hand.
The goal of 9/11 was not to kill American civilians. The goal of 9/11 was not to bring down the twin towers. The goal of 9/11 was not to overthrow America.
The goal of 9/11 was to provoke a huge US overreaction.
UBL wants and needs US troops in the middle east and the Indian subcontinent, the more the better for him. He was hoping for a US occupation of Afghanistan, our invasion of Iraq was success beyond his wildest imagination (the US in a second occupation and we got rid of Saddam, the most powerful secular ruler in the region for him). He needs a bogey man. There's nothing he wants more than the US to invade Iran and Pakistan. He's not scared he'll lose. He's scared we won't think he's important.
As for the "war on terror"? There is no "war on terror". You can't have a war against terror. It's like having a war on flanking maneuvers. Terror is a tactic.
Well, if we were to adopt your strategy....do nothing, that is, it certainly won't be a war on terror, it will be the turkey shoot of terror.
So why isn't Mr. Obama pulling troops rather than building them up? If you say we are playing into their hands, then your party's actions make no sense.
The goal of 9-11 was simply to upset "utopia" and to show sympathetic muslims that AQ is powerful and that the enemy, the Americans, are not safe from their competing and superior ideology. it was intended to be retribution for the suffering they say we have caused them.
If we did not react to it, the attacks would become more bold. Their network will grow either way. Their approach has merely shifted the focus on the cause of their people's indigence from themselves to their bogeyman--the US. We can cause a lot more damage to AQ and the taliban's image by pummeling them on their own turf and by operating there relatively unobstructed.
The approach of Islam is low and slow. As I stated, and as you choose to ignore, theirs is a war of attrition and we will lose if not vigilent in defending our values as superior to theirs. Islam cannot coexist with western values.