Al-Qaeda is watching the U.S. stock market’s downward slide with something akin to jubilation, with its leaders hailing the financial crisis as a vindication of its strategy of crippling America’s economy through endless, costly foreign wars against Islamist insurgents.
And at least some of its supporters think Sen. John McCain is the presidential candidate best suited to continue that trend.
A review of Bing West’s latest book on the Iraq war, one which describes the “surge” and shift to a COIN strategy as a largely bottom up development. Sounds like an interesting read.
One of the most important aspects of Bing WestÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s new bookÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe Strongest Tribe: War, Politics and the Endgame in IraqÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚ÂÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Âis his retelling of how the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œsurgeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â of American combat forces in Iraq actually came about. The popular imagination (and simplistic retellings by politicians and lazy journos) seems to have latched on to the idea that General Petraeus hatched the plan himself, and heroically dragged everyone else along with him on the road to victory.