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Reuters: Obama Has Won The War On Terror

From an unquestioning Reuters:

Al Qaeda decline hard to reverse after Bin Laden killing: U.S.

By Arshad Mohammed [sic] | Tuesday July 31, 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Osama bin Laden’s death sent al Qaeda into a decline that will be hard to reverse, the United States said on Tuesday in a report that found terrorist attacks last year fell to their lowest level since 2005.

Describing 2011 as a "landmark year," the United States said other top al Qaeda members killed last year included Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, reportedly the militant organization’s No. 2 figure after bin Laden’s death, and Anwar al-Awlaki, who led its lethal affiliate in Yemen.

"The loss of bin Laden and these other key operatives puts the network on a path of decline that will be difficult to reverse," the State Department said in its annual "Country Reports on Terrorism" document, which covers calendar year 2011.

The report attributed the killings, which included the May 2011 raid in which U.S. commandoes shot bin Laden in Pakistan, to improved cooperation on counterterrorism

Which will be quite a shock to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The report included a statistical annex prepared by the National Counterterrorism Center, part of the U.S. intelligence community, that showed that the overall number of terrorist attacks worldwide fell to 10,283 last year from 11,641 in 2010.

Which means there were more than 10,000 terrorist attacks last year.

The number of worldwide fatalities fell to 12,533 last year from 13,193 the year before, according to the statistics, which NCTC issued in a report published on June 1.

Which means there were 12,500 people killed by terrorists last year.

That was the lowest level since 2005, when there were more than 11,000 attacks and more than 14,000 fatalities. The general decline in terrorism-related fatalities – which peaked at more than 22,000 in 2007 – reflects, in part, less violence in Iraq.

Which just had the worst week for terrorist attacks in years.

But somehow this report reminds me of an editorial written by another ‘terrorism expert’ from the State Department, which we were the first to re-post. It assured us America had no reason to fear terrorist attacks. It was published on July 10, 2001, which was almost exactly two months before 9/11.

Here are some of the highlights, via the editorial pages of the approving New York Times:

The Declining Terrorist Threat

Published: July 10, 2001

Judging from news reports and the portrayal of villains in our popular entertainment, Americans are bedeviled by fantasies about terrorism. They seem to believe that terrorism is the greatest threat to the United States and that it is becoming more widespread and lethal. They are likely to think that the United States is the most popular target of terrorists. And they almost certainly have the impression that extremist Islamic groups cause most terrorism.

None of these beliefs are based in fact. While many crimes are committed against Americans abroad (as at home), politically inspired terrorism, as opposed to more ordinary criminality motivated by simple greed, is not as common as most people may think…

[T]errorism against American interests is rare. There were three attacks on American diplomatic buildings in 2000, compared with 42 in 1988. No Americans were killed in these incidents, nor have there been any deaths in this sort of attack this year…

Although high-profile incidents have fostered the perception that terrorism is becoming more lethal, the numbers say otherwise, and early signs suggest that the decade beginning in 2000 will continue the downward trend. A major reason for the decline is the current reluctance of countries like Iraq, Syria and Libya, which once eagerly backed terrorist groups, to provide safe havens, funding and training…

I hope for a world where facts, not fiction, determine our policy. While terrorism is not vanquished, in a world where thousands of nuclear warheads are still aimed across the continents, terrorism is not the biggest security challenge confronting the United States, and it should not be portrayed that way.

Larry C. Johnson is a former State Department counterterrorism specialist.

How soon we forget.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 1st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Reuters: Obama Has Won The War On Terror”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I hope for a world where facts, not fiction, determine our policy. While terrorism is not vanquished, in a world where thousands of nuclear warheads are still aimed across the continents, terrorism is not the biggest security challenge confronting the United States, and it should not be portrayed that way.

    This is exactly bass-ackwards.

    Nuclear arms are largely more controlled and less apt to be used “randomly” than the emotionally and religiously radical terrorists do with their suicide routine. Unless of course, they somehow get ahold of fissionable material.

    But the biggest threat to watch is not nuclear, although it does bear watching for the aforementioned reason. How many people have died as a result of nuclear attacks from 1960 to today? How many from Jeee-friggin’-haaaad? So in body count alone, we have a monumental problem, worldwide with terrorist activity.

    Put your head in the sand if you want Moo-hammed….but I prefer to stay awake and alert. And the fact that you’re a muslim tells me right away that you wrote this to please your child-rapist “god” and to practice taqiyya against westerners. So it’s a lie and you know it.

    • Petronius says:

      In the bizarre world where Mr Larry C. Johnson, the US State Dept, and Reuters dwell, the possibility of terrorists armed with nuclear weapons is … well … impossible. Don’t give it a thought.

      Instead (according to DHS documents) the only worry in their minds is that posed by angry Tea Party racist terrorists, pro-lifers, Christian kooks, 2d Amendment gun nuts, and returning American veterans.

      Fortunately during Nerobama’s second term he will have a free hand to mobilize his much vaunted civil constabulary to suppress those dangerous types.

  2. P. Aaron says:

    Gee. I feel safer already.

  3. canary says:

    Al-Qaida has grown in Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Mali, Phillipians, India, and on and on.
    They just change their names every 60 seconds.

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