“A Pale Green Mermaid Blog”
A Middle East policy forum was held in Washington, DC last week. There were two important statements made that capture in a nutshell the prevailing situation in Afghanistan concerning withdrawal of troops. One statement was made by Marc Sageman (Dir. of Research at ARTIS). Mr Sageman stated that,
” The last three attacks against the United States were generated from Somalia, Pakistan and Washington, DC, Afghanistan is no longer a strategic threat.”
And he is correct, the United States should put its focus now on gathering intelligence and setting up systems that allow agencies to act more quickly on specifics threats.
Peter Bergen ( Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative) made another good point in that the United States and its allies should try to make Afghanistan strong enough politically that it can deter other entities from invading the country and using it as a sanctuary, not necessarily try to make it a democracy.
To see the full transcript go to www.mepc.org
President, Middle East Policy Council; Partner, MITA GroupGlobal Security Watch – Iran: A Reference HandbookCannon Caucus Room
Cannon House Office Building
Thursday, January 7, 2010Transcript by:
Federal News Service
Senior Research Fellow, Co-Director, Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative, New America Foundation
Principal, Sageman Consulting, LLC; Director of Research, ARTIS
Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution
Thomas R. Mattair
Director of Research, MEPC; author,