Saturday, June 17, 2006

It's A Disaster

Gee, I didn't see any discussion of THIS in the so called liberal media. Wonder why?

Washington is failing to make progress in the global war on terror and the next 9/11-style attack is not a question of if, but when. That is the scathing conclusion of a survey of 100 leading American foreign-policy analysts.........The survey's participants included an ex-secretary of state and former heads of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, along with prominent members of the U.S. foreign-policy establishment. The majority served in previous administrations or in senior military ranks.......

Almost 80 per cent of the analysts said widespread rejection of radical Islamic ideologies is crucial if terrorism is to be eradicated, but that goal requires "a much higher emphasis on its non-military tools."
Across the board, they rated Washington's diplomatic efforts as abysmal, with a median score of 1.8 out of 10. More than two-thirds said the United Nations and other multilateral institutions must be strengthened.......The reason is that it's clear to nearly all that Bush and his team have had a totally unrealistic view of what they can accomplish with military force and threats of force."


Some 82 per cent of participants said a pressing priority for the U.S. is to end its dependence on foreign oil. (In my book it's job one)
"We borrow a billion dollars every working day to import oil, an increasing share of it coming from the Middle East," commented former CIA director James Woolsey.
"In Saudi Arabia, billions are transferred to the Wahhabis and like-minded groups who then indoctrinate young people to hate Shiites, Sufis, Jews, Christians and democracy, and to oppress women horribly."......


Almost 62 per cent identified Saudi Arabia as the premier incubator for terrorists. (Maybe this should be the central front in the war on terror?)
It has helped halt the flow of money to terrorist networks and now has 30,000 troops guarding its oil fields, but Saudi leaders have been slow to move against extremist elements inside the country, says the report.
Asked what presents the single greatest danger to American security, nearly half the analysts said loose nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. Only 4 per cent said Iran.

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