“Last Three Attacks On The US Were Generated From Somalia, Pakistan and Washington DC, Afghanistan Is No Longer A Strategic Threat”

“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




Speakers:Frank Anderson
President, Middle East Policy Council; Partner, MITA Group
Global Security Watch – Iran: A Reference HandbookCannon Caucus Room
Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Transcript by:
Federal News Service
Washington, DC


Peter Bergen
Senior Research Fellow, Co-Director, Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative, New America Foundation

Marc Sageman
Principal, Sageman Consulting, LLC; Director of Research, ARTIS

Bruce Riedel
Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution


Thomas R. Mattair
Director of Research, MEPC; author,



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