We Won The ‘War On Terror’ In March ’03

March 15, 2007

I just got done having a discussion with the lizards on LGF.  The topic this evening: Pentagon Transcripts Show Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Confesses to Sept. 11 Attacks

It’s the ‘confesses’ part that is news, I suppose, since the 9/11 Commission gave him the credit for the masterminding of 9/11 some time ago.  It could be debated whether this new development really means anything at all with regards to what happens in Washington. Or, should serve as some sort of closure, on some collective level?  I’m not sure.  Anyway, here’s some what I posted on LGF (out-of-context comments removed):

Well, if you take the statement at face value, it looks like a pretext to end the WoT (as in, the response to 9/11, or the intentions of Congress when drafting the AUMF), and get back to the normal ‘war on terrorism’ that has existed for decades. The way that statement looks, this is THE guy. Or, looked at another way, you could say that the single most major threat that existed out there ended the day we nabbed him, making the whole Iraq war completely superfluous…..

This guy confessed to pretty much everything. I mean, you could almost say “we got him” here. In other words, Bush has been hyping a threat that pretty much dissolved March of 03. The threat is below pre-9/11 levels. How to handle the threat that remains is definately worth debating.

I’ve always viewed this WoT as a political tool more than an actual war. Something where ‘victory’ can be declared at any given time, since there’s no way to prove who’s won or lost. Well, gee whiz. The guy confessed…’Victory!’ then continue on with the cloak and dagger stuff they’ve always done…only a little better this time.

Like many people, I’ve tried to make the distinction between our actual, legitimate counterterrorism efforts and ‘War on Terror’ (the slogan). I can’t help but be reminded of the Bush apologists’ favorite talking point.  You know, the “We’ve gone X years since 9/11 with no attack on the homeland” bit.  Well, could it be because we’ve had the real boogeyman in custody since March of 2003?

There’s also a good post on this over at Hot Air

Related: U.S. War on/of Terror will end in Oct. 2008

Update:  OK, here’s an AP article that quotes ‘experts’ backing me up a bit: Experts: Mohammed arrest slowed al-Qaida

Experts agree the arrest was a major setback for bin Laden’s terror network, and one from which the group has never quite recovered.

Along with the arrests of other top bin Laden lieutenants, such as Abu Zubaydah and 9/11 coordinator Ramzi Binalshibh, Mohammed’s capture forced the group — evicted by a U.S.-led invasion from its sanctuary inside Afghanistan — to evolve.

Many of the world’s recent terror attacks — such as the March 11, 2004 train bombings in Madrid and the July 2005 attacks in London, were carried out by local groups with no proven links to bin Laden’s inner circle. Although undoubtedly inspired by bin Laden’s call for global jihad, al-Qaida no longer could lend the kind of direct support it offered the 9/11 hijackers.

“The role of al-Qaida has changed a lot,” said Talat Masood, a former Pakistani general and security analyst. “It has become devolved and amorphous. It’s a more ideological and inspirational force and does not have a centralized command anymore.”

In other words, just when we had al Qaeda on the ropes, we invade Iraq. The ’cause celebre’.  But, hey, if a Democrat were president, we may get hit again.

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