Pat Buchanan: Putting al-Qaida in perspective
The threat comes from al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, AQAP, the most lethal branch of the terrorist organization.
That year, however, 780,000 Americas died of heart disease, 575,000 of cancer, 138,000 from respiratory diseases, 120,000 in accidents (35,000 in auto accidents), 69,000 from diabetes, 40,000 in drug-induced deaths, 38,000 by suicide, 32,000 by liver disease, 25,000 in alcohol-induced deaths, 16,000 by homicide and 8,000 from HIV/AIDS.
Since 9/11, al-Qaida has not proven a terribly effective enemy. Some plots — the shoe-bomber on the airliner over Detroit, the Times Square bomber — failed from sheer incompetence. Other attacks have been thwarted by excellent U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism work.
The Taliban are making a comeback. Iraq is sinking into civil, sectarian and tribal war. Our influence in the Islamic world is at a nadir. And Graham concedes the enemy that we went over there to destroy, al-Qaida, is not only in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Mali, and is now "on steroids."
For the root of 9/11 was Islamic hatred of America's perceived domination and a fanatic determination to drive us out of their world.
So the anti-interventionists argued.
Now, Graham says, al-Qaida wants "to drive the West out of the Middle East" — their objective all along — and "take over these Muslim countries and create an al-Qaida-type religious entity."
Was not liberating Benghazi why we went to war?
We liberated it, but for whom?
Graham says al-Qaida wants to take over "Muslim countries and create an al-Qaida-type religious entity."
"If we ever take the bait and try to come home and create fortress America, there'll be another 9/11," warns Graham.
Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?"
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