Al-Qaeda: Stronger Than They Have Been in 8 Years

Despite claims that Al Qaeda is on the run, a new report shows that Al Qaeda is actually stronger than they have been in 8 years. In this video, Ben takes a look at why that is and what it means for America’s foreign policy.

Despite a war on terror that’s lasted more than twelve years and robbed every American of countless Constitutional rights, Al-Qaeda is stronger than ever.

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Al-Qaeda is on the rise, according to a panel of terrorism and national security experts at the Foundation for Defensive Democracies. They claim that the “Al-Qaeda brand,” as they call it, despite what the administration will tell you about Al-Qaeda being weakened and being on the run, turns out to be more dangerous, is in more places and is stronger than it was eight years ago.

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So why is Al-Qaeda growing? Why is it that if Al-Qaeda is stronger than it has been, the United States has not been hit with another terror attack?

Why Al-Qaeda is growing

Think about the nations where Al-Qaeda seems to be so strong right now.

  • Mali
  • Somalia
  • Yemen
  • Pakistan
  • Syria
  • Iraq
  • Libya

All of these are countries where the US is conducting ongoing military action, either fighting Al-Qaeda and in the process killing many civilians or supporting Al-Qaeda rebels.

Take just this one example. By the US conducting drone strikes in countries like Yemen, we are killing civilians and creating an environment where Al-Qaeda can thrive because of hatred for the US.

A drone strike blows up an entire city block and all the innocent people killed are what our military and CIA refer to as “collateral damage.” It’s also the number one recruitment tool for Al-Qaeda.

Why Isn’t the US Being Attacked?

First of all, historically Al-Qaeda has really devoted the majority of its resources to waging insurgencies in the Middle East and parts of North Africa. Prior to September 11, 2001, only one out of 16 Al-Qaeda recruits would go on international terror activities. The rest would focus on regional insurgencies.

If you consider what is happening in the countries listed above, much of what Al-Qaeda is focused on is winning control of those regions. Having said that though, the US does have interests overseas being attacked.

In September 2012 Al-Qaeda fighters led the attack on the compound in Benghazi, Libya, killing US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Also in September 2012, Al-Qaeda members also led an attack on the US embassy in Tunisia.

What does this mean for us as a nation?

Over the past twelve years, we have wasted thousands of American soldiers’ lives and trillions of dollars in treasure fighting endless wars in the Middle East, and what do we have to show for it?

We’ve killed hundreds of thousands of people during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan hoping to wipe out Al-Qaeda, and today we find out we have a stronger enemy than we did just eight years ago.

How does this not make any thinking person demand that as a nation we stop and change this strategy of endless war?

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