The Washington Post has an editorial on what "over the horizon" (OTH) counterterrorism tactics might look like: Somalia. Recently, an al Qaeda leader was killed there in a Tomahawk strike. But in the attack, at least two dozen other people, some apparently civilians, died in the attack. With a clan society with strong ideas of revenge (sound familiar?) more al Qaeda leaders and fighters will come forward. In short, the Post believes Somalia is a cautionary tale for what happens when you withdraw from a battle zone too early. OTH tactics may kill leaders, but they do little to change conditions on the ground or diminish recruitment opportunities. They likely increase them.
The New York Times board blasts President George W. Bush's "Mission Accomplished" moment five years ago on May 1. At the time, it seemed cocky and premature, but today, "as Mr. Bush continues his $526 billion war-without-end in Iraq, it seems stunningly deceitful." The mission that needs to be accomplished is an orderly exit from Iraq, the paper's board writes.
Finally, Max Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, writes for the Wall Street Journal's op-ed page that while 52 American deaths in April are bad, they're not that bad in the grand scheme of things. What's the sacrifice of 52 families when the U.S. is so obviously winning in Iraq? This is a retread of tired arguments you've read about a million times by now.
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