Thousands of American lives, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis killed, injured or relocated, American politics straining at the seams, and now it's confirmed -- President Bush's prosecution of the Global War on Terror has failed.
The terrorist network responsible for 9/11 is just as strong as they've ever been.
al-Qaida Has Rebuilt, U.S. Intel Warns
U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded al-Qaida has rebuilt its operating capability to a level not seen since just before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, The Associated Press has learned.
The conclusion suggests that the network that launched the most devastating terror attack on the United States has been able to regroup along the Afghan-Pakistani border despite nearly six years of bombings, war and other tactics aimed at crippling it.
Still, numerous government officials say they know of no specific, credible threat of a new attack on U.S. soil.
A counterterrorism official familiar with a five-page summary of the new government threat assessment called it a stark appraisal to be discussed at the White House on Thursday as part of a broader meeting on an upcoming National Intelligence Estimate.
The official and others spoke on condition of anonymity because the secret report remains classified.
What a tragedy; what an absolute, unmitigated tragedy.
Flashback: Larkin, 10 weeks ago:
These are dark days for the war on terror. Al Qaeda has reconstituted operations in Pakistan and is stronger than ever. The Taliban are resurgent in Afghanistan where the Karzai regime looks increasingly shaky. Al Qaeda has established a new base of operations in Iraq thanks to the chaos and instability created in that country by the fall of the Hussein regime. Bin Laden's strategy of drawing the US into unwinnable wars in the Muslim world has worked perfectly. We find ourselves bogged down in both Iraq and Afghanistan as Al Qaeda portrays our efforts in both countries as a war against Islam inspiring young Muslim men around the world (and in this country) to take up the cause.
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