Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Renaming the war on terror

Great stuff from Digby about recent evidence that the Bush administration is actually rethinking its waging of the War on Terror. (Original article here, but Digby's interspersal of commentary is much better.)
Much of the discussion has focused on how to deal with the rise of a new generation of terrorists, schooled in Iraq over the past couple years. Top government officials are increasingly turning their attention to anticipate what one called "the bleed out" of hundreds or thousands of Iraq-trained jihadists back to their home countries throughout the Middle East and Western Europe. "It's a new piece of a new equation," a former senior Bush administration official said. "If you don't know who they are in Iraq, how are you going to locate them in Istanbul or London?"
Lovely. As Digby rants, completely forseeable to anybody not in a position to prevent it. And still lots of anti-terrorism efforts are lacking staff or direction, blah blah blah. Sigh.
"No question this is the next stage, the phase two," another senior counterterrorism official said. "We are coming to the point of decisions."
Well, ok then, decisions ho! Better late than never . . .

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