Fortunately they haven't won, but we have GOT to get a change in leadership asap. Their strategy is a simple one. Engage the worlds largest military in a way that costs them little, but saps our economic resources. There are two stories on the front pages right now that demonstrate how their strategy is working. First: WASHINGTON - The struggle to entice Army soldiers and Marines to stay in the military, after four years of war in Iraq, has ballooned into a $1 billion campaign, with bonuses soaring nearly sixfold since 2003. The size and number of bonuses have grown as officials scrambled to meet the steady demand for troops on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan and reverse sporadic shortfalls in the number of National Guard and Reserve soldiers willing to sign on for multiple tours. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18053235/ On top of the $2 billion per week we are spending above and beyond our normal deficit spending, there are signs that we will have to pay through the nose to simply field a volunteer military. We are told that this engagement of the enemy is the right strategy. The fly paper strategy where we suck them into Iraq and then fight them on our terms. This is an incredibly stupid strategy. Al Quaeda is not in the business of protecting territory. They are in the business of quick hits in places that are not expecting it to: a) cause terror and panic; and b) entice us to spend billions upon billions in response to attacks that cost thousands. Here is the second story: ALGIERS, Algeria - Bombs heavily damaged the prime minister’s office and a police station Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and wounding dozens, the country’s official news agency said. Prime Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem, who was unhurt, said that militants — believed to be linked to al-Qaida — were responsible for the “cowardly, criminal terrorist act” as he spoke to reporters outside his wrecked offices. The attacks were a devastating setback for the North African nation’s efforts to close the chapter on its Islamic insurgency that has killed 200,000 people. After years of relative calm, an al-Qaida affiliate recently has recently waged several smaller attacks. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18052918/ A classic terrorist attack. Things have been quite there for years, and then bang. Same thing here. The lack of an attack in the US is not the result of the great job we have done repelling attacks (although I am sure we have had plenty of success in the intelligence area), its a result of AQ not needing to wage another attack yet because we are still running around with our hair on fire spending billions in response to 9/11. The AQ story in Iraq is simple (but apparently not simple enough for our leaders). They are fighting us there because it is to their advantage to do so. When it no longer is to their advantage, they will just slip back into annonimty. They aren't trying to establish a country. Liberals -- and of course Clinton -- were belittled after 9/11 for treating terrorism like a police matter. We were told "this is a war, and we have the best military on earth. It's time to take the fight to the terrorists." osama must have been creaming his tunic when he heard this stuff. The truth is, we can fight terrorism effectively in two ways. One is through ramped up diplomacy around the world. Address those things that create the sources of terrorism. Second is . . . wait for it . . . POLICE ACTION! Opposite of what the current leaders have told us, the way to get at the terrorists that are alreay out there is not with multiple battalions lobbing bombs into mountainous areas of countries a world away. You need good intelligence, spies, arrests etc. Can you imagine if we invested the $400 billion (give or take a few billion) on ramping up our covert operations. Recruiting people to get on the inside. Training more people in arabic. Sorry about the long rant, but this stuff seems so friggin obvoius, but all we get from our government is a surge in the wrong policy and a debate about whether or not a washed up American politician can buy a friggin rug in a Baghdad market without air support. Getting bush and company to recognize the need for an entirely new direction on Iraq is just scratching the surface, and so far we have had little luck with that. We need an altogether new direction in our overall foreign policy. This is the first time that I wished we had a parlimentary system where a quick no confidence vote would throw us into an early election.