GAO Says Al Qaeda Attack Likely And We Have No Plan

Heckuva job, Bushie! Wouldn't it have been nice to have a question on this subject at last night's debates?

Democracy Arsenal:

Here is the title of a report from the General Accountability Office on combating terrorism released today:

The United States Lacks a Comprehensive Plan to Destroy the Terrorist Threat and Close the Safe Haven in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

That is not some line buried in the report. That is the title. Wow.

This GAO report may be the most damning condemnation of the Bush administration's counter-terrorism efforts. The report goes on to say that the Bush administration has failed to develop any plan to address the Al Qaeda threat. Worse, the report finds that Al Qaeda is now able to attack the United States and represents the "most serious" threat to this country.

The report's opinion of the Bush administration efforts speaks for itself:

The United States has not met its national security goals to destroy the terrorist threat and close the safe haven in Pakistan…

Not only have we not met our goals but we have no plan to meet our goals. Read on...

But we have to stay the course in Iraq, for our safety.

UPDATE: Emptywheel has put together a fantastic timeline for a little perspective on the Bush Administration Fight Against Terrorism.


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