Sunday, January 14, 2007

Is it simply a matter of time before the United States suffers another terrorist attack?

While the Bush administration’s attention is focused on saving face and salvaging its Iraq policy, the danger of another terrorist attack on American in the United States is increasing. Henry Crumpton, the outgoing terror coordinator for the State Department, says the United States is losing ground against Islamic extremists and expects future terrorist attacks.

This is from Michael Isikoff in the January 22nd issue of Newsweek:
Intel director john Negroponte gave Congress a sobering assessment last week of the continued threats from groups like Al Qaeda and Hizbullah. But even gloomier comments came from Henry Crumpton, the outgoing State Department terror coordinator. An ex-CIA operative, Crumpton told NEWSWEEK that a worldwide surge in Islamic radicalism has worsened recently, increasing the number of potential terrorists and setting back U.S. efforts in the terror war. "Certainly, we haven't made any progress," said Crumpton. "In fact, we've lost ground." He cites Iraq as a factor; the war has fueled resentment against the United States.

Crumpton noted some successes, such as improved joint efforts with foreign governments and a weakening of Al Qaeda's leadership structure. But he warned of future attacks. "We don't want to acknowledge we're going to get hit again in the homeland, but we are," he said. "That's a hard, ugly fact. But it's going to happen." Crumpton cited no specific intel, but said the most worrisome scenarios involve lone operatives who slip into the country and take directions through cyberspace. "How do you penetrate that?" he asked. Citing family financial pressures, Crumpton leaves office in two weeks. A State official, anonymous when discussing personnel matters, said no one has been nominated to replace him, so it could be a while before the post—a top counterterror job—is filled.


Peter A. Stinson said...

Is it simply a matter of time?


Plain and simple. It's gonna happen. It is, just a matter of time.

Bill Baar said...

I wouldn't bet against it, but invading Iraq never produced the united Islamic backlash. It produced a civil war instead. Most Whahabi energy and money at the moment is spent blowing up Mosques in the middle east.

We best stick with our allies in their struggle against terror and political Islam.