Curtains for Qaeda in AfPak?
So say senior officials in the Obama administration, echoing new Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s recent declaration in Afghanistan: “We’re within reach of strategically defeating al-Qaeda”.Let’s hope they are right. With Osama bin Laden dead and drone strikes continuing to pick off militants in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and elsewhere, we are getting closer to scratching off everything on our Afghan to do list.That won’t of course the end of the conflict formerly known as the global war on terror. It won’t even secure America’s last remaining Afghan objectives: ensuring that the country will never again be a source of terrorism against us or destabilization in the region.But taking out Bin Laden and breaking up his core network is something America had to do. Via Meadia is grateful to everyone who played a role.