Under Bush’s leadership, the Al Qaeda network has actually been getting stronger

Vanquishing terror was supposed to be the hallmark of George Bush’s presidency. How many times has he invoked “September the 11th” and Al Qaeda for political reasons? Yet, not only has he not defeated the enemy who attacked us, that enemy is getting stronger:

Six years after the Bush administration declared war on al-Qaeda, the terrorist network is gaining strength and has established a safe haven in remote tribal areas of western Pakistan for training and planning attacks, according to a new Bush administration intelligence report to be discussed today at a White House meeting.

The report, a five-page threat assessment compiled by the National Counterterrorism Center, is titled “Al-Qaida Better Positioned to Strike the West,” intelligence officials said. It concludes that the group has significantly rebuilt itself despite concerted U.S. attempts to smash the network.

Bush is a complete failure. In 2007, we should be talking about Al Qaeda in the past tense. Instead, we’re now dealing with a reconstituted and stronger terror network.

That title sounds remarkably like the August 6, 2001, Presidential Daily Briefing “Bin Ladin determined to Strike in U.S.” We know how that went. Bush ignored it and stayed on vacation.

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