Historically, Afghanistan stability elusive

By Freedom New Mexico The U.S. plan to send an additional 3,200 Marines into southern Afghanistan at least reflects a dawning understanding that the struggle to neutralize jihadism and jihadists may be going on more directly in Afghanistan and Pakistan than in Iraq — and the struggle is not going especially well. Just in the […]

Terrorists gain combat training through Iraq war

By Freedom New Mexico The bombings last week in Algiers, at a United Nations compound and the Algerian Supreme Court, have prompted news reports suggesting the group that claimed responsibility, Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), has “matured in its ability to conduct terror attacks that could destabilize the Algerian government.” The bombings killed at […]

Terror suspects treated without shadow of doubt

By Freedom Newspapers One news story painted the conviction Thursday of terrorism suspect Jose Padilla as “a significant victory for the Bush administration.” It was far from that. If anything, it was a repudiation of the way the administration handled his case. Padilla, 36, is the former Chicago gang member who converted to Islam and […]

Bush straining to link al-Qaida, Iraq together

By Freedom Newspapers One can understand a certain desperation. Public opinion has turned solidly against continuing the war in Iraq any longer than absolutely necessary, but out of stubbornness or conviction President Bush opposes withdrawal, and military planners talk of maintaining a substantial military presence for at least another two years. So knowing that even […]

Military action not always best terror defense

By Freedom Newspapers Any discussion of a threat estimate from the vaunted U.S. intelligence community must begin with an acknowledgment that U.S. intelligence often, perhaps more often than not, has gotten things wrong. Even before the failure to “connect the dots” prior to 9/11 and the “slam dunk” on Saddam’s supposed WMDs, U.S. intelligence missed […]

Pakistan necessary evil in fighting

By Freedom Newspapers The Pakistani government’s virtually inevitable assault on the Red Mosque in the middle of the capital city of Islamabad, which had been occupied by Taliban-oriented Islamist militants holding women and children as hostages, did not go nearly as smoothly and decisively as the military had anticipated. Instead of being finished in an […]

Iraq invasion motivating factor for terrorists

By Freedom Newspapers A summary of a draft of a new National Intelligence Assessment on Iraq reportedly concludes “that al-Qaida has reconstituted its core structure along the Pakistani border and may now be a stronger and more resilient organization than it appeared a year ago,” as Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball put it. Homeland […]

Somalia raid shows what we should be fighting in war on terror

Freedom Newspapers It is still not possible to be sure just what the outcome is of a U.S. airstrike in southern Somalia last week against alleged al-Qaida terrorists. But the strike is the sort of thing we would have expected to hear about happening more often if the “war on terror” were a serious effort […]

Enemy often absent in battle over terror

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist We knew we had won World War II when the Japanese signed surrender documents on the USS Missouri. We knew we had won the Cold War when the Berlin Wall fell. But it’s hard to think of any single event that would tell us we have won the war against […]

India, Pakistan should resolve own conflicts

Freedom Newspapers The tragic death toll — at least 200 (and 700 injured) — from a coordinated series of train bombings in Bombay, also known as Mumbai, keeps rising, and the implications keep getting more complicated. The most significant lesson — hardly new — is that terrorist networks are fairly inexpensive to set up and […]