To: Santiago de la Vega
With all due respect, I don't think it's realistic to win the war on terrorism just by killing terrorists. There is an ideological component to the war. We haven't been doing a great job with this part of the war, and we need to do better. It's a job for Special Operations -- where they specialize in winning low-intensity conflicts.
Thanks for the kind response.
Of course, you're right. I inadvertently left out the role played by the full range of military options.
In addition, I ignored the role played in military options by the other key cabinet departments.
As you note, there is more to ending terrorism than killing terrorists. The flow of funds from the petrocrats to the fanatics who are killing our soldiers and citizens can only be stopped by a concerted effort by State, Commerce, and Treasury. We've seen a little of this action, but not enough in my mind.
The crazed ideology of the jihadis will have a lot less effect, and be easier to eradicate, if they don't have the flood of money supplied by the house of Saud.
It's about time to redistribute the wealth of the Arabian peninsula to the poor nations surrounding it, and send the bogus princelings to the hell they so richly deserve.
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