Morning Brief, Tuesday, September 5
War on Terror Just what you need after a holiday weekend: A White House plan to win the war on terror! Drumroll… [W]e will attack terrorism and its ideology, and bring hope and freedom to the people of the world. This is how we will win the War on Terror. Um, OK. I guess that ...
War on Terror
War on Terror
Just what you need after a holiday weekend: A White House plan to win the war on terror! Drumroll…
[W]e will attack terrorism and its ideology, and bring hope and freedom to the people of the world. This is how we will win the War on Terror.
Um, OK. I guess that sounds pretty good. Vague, but good. What about the long-term goals?
- Advance effective democracies as the long–term antidote to the ideology of terrorism;
- Prevent attacks by terrorist networks;
- Deny terrorists the support and sanctuary of rogue states;
- Deny terrorists control of any nation they would use as a base and launching pad for terror; and
- Lay the foundations and build the institutions and structures we need to carry the fight forward against terror and help ensure our ultimate success.
We aren't yet safe, according to the new report, but there have been many successes, including "depriv[ing] al-Qaida of safehaven in Afghanistan and help[ing] a democratic government to rise in its place. Once a terrorist sanctuary ruled by the repressive Taliban regime, Afghanistan is now a full partner in the War on Terror." So, please ignore the fact that Pakistan just signed a peace deal with pro-Taliban militants on the Afghan border. (For more on why Musharraf has finally outlived his usefulness as an ally in the war on terror, check out Frederic Grare's recent piece for ForeignPolicy.com.) Long story short, there isn't much new material in the new strategy.
Ahmadinejad calls for a purge of liberal and secular professors, but on a private speaking tour to the US, former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami says that Iran would accept a two-state solution in the Middle East – and that his words represent Iran's policy.
Israel and Lebanon
A senior investigator into the killing of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri has been seriously wounded by a roadside bomb in southern Lebanon. Turkey's parliament will vote today on whether to provide troops to the UN force in Lebanon.
Israel approves the expansion of West Bank settlements. Hamas and Fatah give power-sharing yet another go.
Sudan flexes its muscles, and the African Union gives way.
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