Yesterday’s Washington Post reported that on September 10, four of al Qaeda’s five principal web sites went dark. They have been disabled ever since.
The result has been a crippling of al Qaeda’s ability to communicate with, and direct the activities of, its members and adherents around the world. Al Qaeda’s already-low ability to carry out attacks in the West has been degraded even further.
Barack Obama likes to say that al Qaeda is stronger than at any time since before September 11, but that is silly. In fact, the Bush administration’s devastation of al Qaeda’s organization has been one of its most notable successes, even if it is one that voters are in no mood to acknowledge. Which does not mean, of course, that radical Islam does not remain a serious problem.
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