Panetta doing stand up now?

…he believed the strategic defeat of al Qaeda was within reach if the United States could kill or capture up to 20 remaining leaders of the core group and its affiliates. Yahoo

The Gates replacement has uttered this relatively hilarious comment whilst visiting our by no means friend in the matter Afghan prez Karzai.

  1. Karzai still in power in Kabul.
  2. Taliban in power throughout parts of the micro-stans
  3. US forces leaving soon.

How does the mish mash rabble that is AQ get snuffed?

I think the best case scenario is that we will continue to have to deal with jihadists extremists whether they call themselves AQ or not will be irrelevant,but with that at least we can say AQ was “defeated”.



  1. Unfortunately, al Qaeda has nothing to do with 1, 2, or 3.

    Panetta clearly has no concept of “franchising.” AQ does….

  2. Alfie says:

    Well I think they clearly benefit from #’s 1 and 3 but hey. I do agree with your “franchising” point though in as much as I see it as AQ being as much a state of mind than anything else.
    The seeds are there and I think will always be there,the soil is too fertile.

  3. I think in the past they have benefited by those things, but I don’t know if AQ is the same type of entity to benefit from them today.

    But that’s not to say I think we’ve got them licked.

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