Shhh: Al Qaeda leadership decimated, complete defeat foreseeable

posted at 2:00 pm on February 3, 2009 by Allahpundit

Election’s over. Now it can be told.

The officials say the terrorist network’s leadership cadre has been “decimated,” with up to a dozen senior and midlevel operatives killed as a result of the strikes and the remaining leaders reeling from the repeated attacks.

“The enemy is really, really struggling,” says one senior U.S. counterterrorism official. “These attacks have produced the broadest, deepest and most rapid reduction in al-Qaida senior leadership that we’ve seen in several years.”…

“In the past, you could take out the No. 3 al-Qaida leader, and No. 4 just moved up to take his place,” says one official. “Well, if you take out No. 3, No. 4 and then 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, it suddenly becomes a lot more difficult to revive the leadership cadre.”

It ain’t all good news — 100 operatives who trained at the camps are thought to be on the loose and the Taliban keeps forcing the U.S. to lower expectations in Afghanistan — but it’s a big deal. See my update to Ed’s post on the airstrike that took out the embassy bombers last month for a round-up of America’s latest, greatest hits. The pace is remarkably consistent: Every two months or so for fully a year now, one of the AQ illuminati has gotten a ticket to meet Allah. Something profound’s happened to our intel capabilities over there but I can only marvel at what it might be. More informants, sure, but how many and how close are they to the top? The more big fish we kill, the more paranoid AQ must be, yet somehow they still haven’t caught whoever it is that’s ratting them out. A French analyst told the LA Times as far back as last May that he suspected the U.S. is using better technology too, a point the NPR story supports in touting the advantages of the new Reaper drones over Predators. And yet … it seems like there’s something bigger going on. Maybe now that The One’s in office and good news is safe to report again (see also Iraq) the media will start sniffing around. Irresponsible exit speculation: Newsweek ran two fascinating stories in the summer of 2007 — not long before the airstrikes picked up — about feuds within Al Qaeda, one supposedly between the “Egyptian” and “Libyan” wings of the group and another between Zawahiri and Osama himself. Are these turds dropping a dime on each other to eliminate their competition?

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decimated from the word deca, is to reduce to a tenth of strength… correct?

Thanks GW…

Kaptain Amerika on February 3, 2009 at 5:14 PM

I have a couple suggestions for all al qaeda burial ceremonies:

– stuff a slice of bacon explosion in their dead mouths, and pour pig urine all over them before cremation.

Jaibones on February 3, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Al Qaeda got its ass handed to them in Iraq. Throughout 2007 and 2008 the daily reports on the website MNF-Iraq made it clear that The Surge was targeting al Qaeda. Wonder of wonders peace broke out despite the MSM assurances that there were very few al Qaeda in Iraq. Obviously the MSM was wrong.

Bush ought to have declared the progress in Iraq a state secret. The NYT would have published it.

Basilsbest on February 3, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Yep, this all rests on the shoulders of President Bush and our stellar military. It’s all on them, and in no way the responsibility of Democrats.

Hog Wild on February 3, 2009 at 5:47 PM

decimated from the word deca, is to reduce to a tenth of strength… correct?

Thanks GW…

Kaptain Amerika on February 3, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Almost. It’s from the Latin decem, also meaning “ten” and a cognate with Greek δέκα (not to mention our own Germanic ten and Sanskrit daça(n)). It was the punishment the Roman army-leaders inflicted upon their own men: start counting tens and kill every tenth guy. Yet one more reason the Greeks had to call them βάρβαροι.

(P.S. Δέκα is pronounced /’ðεka/, not /’dεka/. The “delta” is a voiced dental fricative, like the “th” in this-then-thence-thither-there. Βάρβαροι is pronounced /varvari/. Don’t let the Erasmians’ fool you on that.)

Tzetzes on February 3, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Are these turds dropping a dime on each other to eliminate their competition?

AQ civil war? Sounds good to me. That is, if Obama wasn`t going to wuss out and give them breathing room.

ThePrez on February 3, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Way to go George W.!

Herb on February 3, 2009 at 8:26 PM

It’s called CTTL and many have written about it. Including me.

And it wasn’t George Bush’s doing, it was the doing of much more intelligent people in the field and in workshops back home.

PresidenToor on February 3, 2009 at 10:04 PM

So what we are really seeing revealed is that Obambi used the national security briefings (before the election) for personal political advantage.

He knew way back then what us peons are just now finding out. So he plays this cynical game of undercover contact with the enemy, knowing full well that even if he’s elected the war is already won. All he wants to do is get the enemy to take a less harsh view of him so that he can have the benefit of GW’s hard work while lashing out at him (and not really endangering the war effort while looking like he is endangering the war effort).

Well, you dipsh*t libtards elected him. Now you get to figure out if anything he ever says is true. Us bitter clingers already know that he is a liar and the truth is not in him.

platypus on February 3, 2009 at 10:34 PM

My money is on the ISI flipping and not sending AQ the memo. Nobody wants to back losers.

Purple Avenger on February 4, 2009 at 6:23 AM

Interesting bit on Obama and Afghanistan from Powerline.
Wethal on February 3, 2009 at 2:08 PM

If true, Ogabe needs to be removed from office.

Bishop on February 3, 2009 at 2:11 PM
… and brought up on charges of treason…

max1 on February 4, 2009 at 10:11 AM

Bush had it 100% right when he stated that there are bigger problems than Osama bin Laden these days.

It’s about time we faced reality. We are fighting a defensive war against the adherents to a religion that decrees our death, a religion that declares genocide on the human race. There are enough adherents to that religion who take these provisions seriously that we’re fighting defense in a religious war against us.

Once we admit that we can start taking measures to discredit that religion’s ideology. Until then we’ll appear to win and continue to lose.

herself on February 4, 2009 at 5:55 PM