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March 23, 2009

LA Times - Missile Strikes Against Al-Qaeda Are Extremely Effective. That Can't Be Allowed So Obama Is Set To Cancel (chad)

Reporting from Washington -- An intense, six-month campaign of Predator strikes in Pakistan has taken such a toll on Al Qaeda that militants have begun turning violently on one another out of confusion and distrust, U.S. intelligence and counter-terrorism officials say.

The pace of the Predator attacks has accelerated dramatically since August, when the Bush administration made a previously undisclosed decision to abandon the practice of obtaining permission from the Pakistani government before launching missiles from the unmanned aircraft.

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U.S. intelligence officials said they see clear signs that the Predator strikes are sowing distrust within Al Qaeda. "They have started hunting down people who they think are responsible" for security breaches, the senior U.S. counter-terrorism official said, discussing intelligence assessments on condition of anonymity. "People are showing up dead or disappearing."

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The success of the Predator campaign has prompted some counter-terrorism officials to speak of a post-Al Qaeda era in which its regional affiliates -- in North Africa and elsewhere -- are all that remain after the center collapses.

"You can imagine a horizon in which Al Qaeda proper no longer exists," said Juan Zarate, former counter-terrorism advisor to Bush. "If you were to continue on this pace, and get No. 1 and No. 2, Al Qaeda is dead. You can't resuscitate that organization as we know it without its senior leadership."

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Good news! And for the record I made up the bit about Obama canceling the program, although with some of his recent moves it wouldn't surprise me. Closing Gitmo, ceasing the use of the enemy combatant designation, his homeland security secretary referring to terrorism as a man caused disaster, all of these show a lack of seriousness about terrorism that is disturbing and ceasing a successful program would be par for the course he has played so far.


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