Friday, April 18, 2008

The United States Lacks a Comprehensive Plan to Destroy the Terrorist Threat and Close the Safe Haven in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Area

By Michael J.W. Stickings

That's the title of a new report (pdf) by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the efforts of the Bush Administration to combat terrorism. Democracy Arsenal's Max Bergmann explains:

This GAO report may be the most damning condemnation of the Bush administration's counter-terrorism efforts. The report goes on to say that the Bush administration has failed to develop any plan to address the Al Qaeda threat. Worse, the report finds that Al Qaeda is now able to attack the United States and represents the "most serious" threat to this country.

In other words, Bush's anti-terrorism efforts have amounted to a massive failure. More, the so-called war on terror has been a failure. As much as Bush and the warmongers talk up the al Qaeda threat in Iraq, stressing that Iraq is the focus of the war on terror, very little has actually been done to deal with the ongoing (and real) terrorist threat both at home and abroad.

"It is really not a good thing to have incompetent people running this country," Bergmann concludes -- and what a massive understatement that is.

For more on the report, see Steve Benen, Spencer Ackerman, Digby, Kyle Moore, Cernig, Clammyc, and Emptywheel.

And make sure to follow this story closely. Bush, McCain, and the Republicans like to present themselves as the vanquishers of evil and the protectors of the American people. Once again, we see that the opposite is true.

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