April 10, 2014
Pessimism Reaches New Lows As Analyst Predicts a Nuclear Saudi Arabia and an Empowered and More Dangerous al Qaeda
The House Committee on Foreign Affairs had a subcommittee meeting a couple of days ago which asked the question, "Is al-Qaeda Winning? Grading the Administration's Counterterrorism Policy?" There were five people giving testimony, all of whom seemed to agree that al Qaeda was not on the run despite the "core" in Pakistan losing some ground and who's assessments ranged from the administration is doing what it can to counter the threat but we shouldn't let our guard down to god of the sweet meteor of relief, we pray that you will send end it all before it's too late:
All conditions are set for a series of significant terrorist attacks against the US and its allies over the next few years. But that's not the worst news. Conditions are also set for state collapse in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and possibly Jordan. Saudi Arabia, facing a complex succession soon, is likely to acquire nuclear weapons shortly, if it has not already done so. Turkey and Egypt confront major crises. Almost all of Northern and Equatorial Africa is violent, unstable, and facing a growing al Qaeda threat. And Vladimir Putin's assault on Ukraine is likely to empower al Qaeda-aligned jihadists in Crimea and in Russia itself. That eventuality is, of course, less worrisome than the prospect of conventional and partisan war on the European continent, likely threatening NATO allies. The international order and global stability are collapsing in a way we have not seen since the 1930s. There is little prospect of this trend reversing of its own accord, and managing it will require massive efforts by the US and its allies over a generation or more.And on that cheerful note ... HOPENCHANGE!
H/T: Weekly Standard