Is the global jihad cracking up?

posted at 9:51 am on March 13, 2007 by Bryan

Has the global Islamic jihad fractured?
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Couldn’t you score an interview with someone from the CIA who really knows the subject, like Valerie Plame?

saint kansas on March 13, 2007 at 10:18 AM

Great interview Bryan. Hope we can see more of this format, it’s useful hearing analysis directly from the experts.

dalewalt on March 13, 2007 at 10:28 AM

Who is this guy? Has he written a book? How did you get a line on him?

Babs on March 13, 2007 at 10:49 AM

Oh Yeah, and really good interview. I look forward to more like it.

Babs on March 13, 2007 at 10:50 AM

Great stuff Bryan. I liked the best part when he mentioned about how the state department sits around the pool and goes to party’s to get thier information, whereas the CIA really knows how to go about it. Awesome, thanks

bones47 on March 13, 2007 at 10:59 AM

Who is this guy? Has he written a book? How did you get a line on him?

Dr. Tefft helped set up the CIA’s counterterrorism center in the mid-1980s. I knew of him from researching intel issues over the years and have always found him to be a straight shooter.

Bryan on March 13, 2007 at 11:04 AM

So we need to cut the head off of the snake? It might wiggle a little but eventually will die?

Drtuddle on March 13, 2007 at 11:21 AM

good interview.

jummy on March 13, 2007 at 11:21 AM

So basically, we haven’t scratched the surface of the jihad iceberg. 400,000 jihadists globally, who in turn train others, and we haven’t even identified the enemy yet. Good thing Greenland’s warming up.

PRCalDude on March 13, 2007 at 12:20 PM

Great inteview. It added to my understanding.

TheBigOldDog on March 13, 2007 at 2:59 PM

Great Interview, Bryan.

Sound on this one is a bit problematic, I think you said it was a phone interview?

Lawrence on March 13, 2007 at 4:11 PM

Yeah, phone interview. Skype, to be specific.

Bryan on March 13, 2007 at 4:12 PM

So we need to cut the head off of the snake? It might wiggle a little but eventually will die?

Drtuddle on March 13, 2007 at 11:21 AM

Well like a Hydra, you don’t go for the head.

In boxing (just like the Tyson/Holyfield fight) don’t go for the head, attack the body. Tyson’s trainer kept yelling at him for going for the head because it wasn’t working, but when Tyson went for the body blows, Holyfield lost power.

A virus, kills by attacking the body, not the brain.

If it were like Natzism where there was only one leading driving force, sure go for the head. But in Islam you are dealing with an ideology, a movement. There is no head to cut off.

- The Cat

MirCat on March 13, 2007 at 5:02 PM

That was great work, Bryan, on the interview and graphics.

One thing: I think you labeled Somalia as Thailand.

mikeyboss on March 13, 2007 at 5:32 PM

We need people like this in charge of the war. I’m pessimistic because that doesnt seem to be the case.

Resolute on March 13, 2007 at 9:00 PM

Good interview. The man knows his stuff. However, I do believe that there really are grounds for optimism. The jihadists cannot win unless they establish a caliphate. A large portion of the world hermeticallysealed from western civilization while the west itself is vulnerable to coercive proselyting. If they do not get said caliphate within 15 years (pessimistic estimate) to 30 years (worst case estimate) they cannot win. They are toast—roast pork no less. With the USA and Israel in the mideast, caliphate is impossible. We have good positional warfare going. Casualties, while regrettable, remain at affordable levels. If General Petraeus does a Ridgeway, so much the better and he appears off to a good start. And the Man From Midland is nothing if not more stubborn than an old mule. Fundamentally, things are looking good.
By the way, back in 1984, I started saying that the USSR would not see the 21st Century. I was hooted at, of course. Shall we hope I am right again?

Oilpatcher on March 13, 2007 at 10:33 PM