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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Perpetual Motion

Here's a concise definition of perpetual motion via wikipedia:

The term perpetual motion, taken literally, refers to movement that goes on forever.
Here's a snippet of NPR reporting on a recent official report championing the evisceration of al Qaeda's leadership via CIA directed airstrikes:
CIA-directed airstrikes against al-Qaida leaders and facilities in Pakistan over the past six to nine months have been so successful, according to senior U.S. officials, that it is now possible to foresee a "complete al-Qaida defeat" in the mountainous region along the border with Afghanistan.
Here's a nifty caveat in that report:
The threat of another al-Qaida terrorist attack against the United States has not gone away, they warn, noting that about 100 fighters have already "graduated" from the al-Qaida training camps and are prepared for possible terrorist operations in the West.

"Where those people are and what they're doing, we don't know," says one senior official.


Anonymous said...

I heard the same report and had to laugh at the painful optimisim of the outcome of the operation. However, I did take away from it the beautiful display of tactical 4GW and operational 3GW.

In warfare the enemy always gets a vote.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm. I wonder if the al Qaida graduates have an alumni page? I can image a group picture with a "death to America" sign behind them.

Jay@Soob said...

The pain is that the enemy isn't quite vanquished rather is moving away from the Afghan border into the SWAT valley in Pakistan, making any NATO effort increasingly impossible as it would blatantly be taking place way beyond the Afghan border and well into the sovereign territory of Pakistan. XG+1 effort is very much needed. I suspect it can come about once NATO forces draw back from pounding suspected enemy positions (and fucking up various families) and concentrate on clear and command strategies within Afghanistan and our President presses a semblance of accountability upon Karzai and his "appoint by will, ignore the consequences" modus.

Jay@Soob said...


AQ had an alumni page but it got blown up by a hyperactive and gregarious suicide bomber valedictorian who's last words were,