This article is ridiculous!
Bush success vs. al Qaeda breeds long-term worries
President George W. Bush's administration has crippled al Qaeda's ability to carry out major attacks on U.S. soil but at a political and economic cost that could leave the country more vulnerable in years to come, experts say.
Even as al Qaeda tries to rebuild operations in Pakistan, experts including current and former intelligence officials believe the group would have a hard time staging another September 11 because of U.S. success at killing or capturing senior members whose skills and experience have not been replaced.
"If the question is why al Qaeda hasn't carried out another 9/11 attack, the answer I think is that if they could have, they would have," said a former senior U.S. intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Tighter U.S. airport security, greater scrutiny of people entering the United States and better coordination between the CIA, FBI and Department of Homeland Security also have made it harder for extremists to enter the country, experts said.
Home-grown extremists in the United States are believed to be isolated and lacking the will or ability to carry out large-scale operations.
...Some experts warn that the successes of Bush's war on terrorism have been undercut by huge security costs, strains on the U.S. military from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and resentment of the United States abroad.
"Look at al Qaeda's plans," said Michael Scheuer, who once led the CIA team devoted to finding al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. "They're very simply defined in two phrases: spread out America's forces and bleed the United States to bankruptcy. I'd argue America has been under attack successfully every day since 9/11 from that perspective."
That doesn't make any sense and gives al Qaeda waaay too much credit. Al Qaeda didn't plan for any of this - they attacked us on 9/11 because they thought we were a paper tiger and wouldn't strike back - lessons from Mogadishu. And how could they have known we'd go into Iraq?
If you want to argue our response has hurt us, that's fine - I completely disagree, of course - but don't try to tell me that Al Qaeda planned this and we're playing right into their hands by successfully stopping them!