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Biden gets Ayman al Zawahiri … hooray

Biden gets Ayman al Zawahiri … hooray

The killing of al Qaeda terrorist mastermind Ayman al-Zawahiri is an uncompromised win for America, the civilized world, and the Biden Administration.  It is a good thing.  Everyone from President Biden to the person remotely piloting the drone that killed al-Zawahiri gets a pat on the back and a round of applause.

As a singular mission, it was amazingly flawless. The intel community found him by whatever sources and methods they employed.  The over-the-horizon strike was a masterpiece of precision – taking out al-Zawahiri from a balcony in an upscale neighborhood in Kabul without killing his family or innocent civilians.

Ironically, it was accomplished without having major on-the-ground intelligence capability – unlike the tragic over-the-horizon blunder that led to the killing of an innocent aid worker and a number of children in the final days of the Afghan surrender when there was still a lot of intelligence potential on the ground.

While the operation, itself, was picture-perfect, it brought out a number of other troubling issues.

The first was the fact that al-Zawahiri was in Kabul in the first place – and not exactly cowering in a bunker.  The Doha agreement between the United States and the Taliban prior to their again taking control of Afghanistan, committed the terrorist organization to keep Afghanistan free of al Qaeda and ISIS terrorism.

The Doha agreement was first proposed by President Trump and fully embraced by Biden as his rationale for surrendering Afghanistan.  In fact, in justifying his retreat, Biden proclaimed that al Qaeda no longer existed in Afghanistan.  (Yes, he actually said that).  

Biden has been wrong about Afghanistan virtually 100 percent of the time.  Whether he is intentionally misinforming the American people as political bullpoop, or he actually believes his wrongheaded remarks when he makes them, is in the eye of the beholder.  (Personally, I vote for political bullpoop).

Since the American surrender, Qaeda has been growing under the protective wing of the Taliban.  Several members of the new Taliban leadership have had ties to al Qaeda.  When Maulvi Haibatullah Akhundzada took the reigns of Afghanistan as the Supreme Leader, the late al-Zawahiri hailed him as an “emir of the believers”.  The safe house in which al-Zawahiri was residing was in a building owned by a Taliban official with ties to the Kandahari Network – the region of Afghanistan that borders with the al Qaeda safe haven in Pakistan.

While the killing of al-Zawahiri was an impressive action, it does not diminish a greater set of facts.  Under the leadership of the Taliban, al Qaeda has been allowed to flourish.  al-Zawahiri was not in Afghanistan alone, by a long shot.

Another truth is that while al-Zawahiri was the senior leader of al Qaeda, the terrorist group has depth in management.  The Washington Institution for Middle East Policy published this upon the death of al-Zawahiri:

“At the end of the day … Zawahiri’s death is unlikely to have a significant impact on the operational capabilities of AQ [al Qaeda] or its branches. He was not believed to be running the organization’s daily affairs, only broad strategic decision-making.” 

Al-Zawahiri’s death may be more symbolic – justice served – than crippling to al Qaeda.  Afghanistan will remain a hotbed of terrorism under the sponsorship of the Taliban.

Finally, virtually all the generals and foreign policy experts who have appeared on television in response to the death of Zawahiri have agreed that surrendering Afghanistan was a serious blow to America’s intelligence capabilities in that region.  This one successful action does not change that reality.

I liken the killing of Zawahiri as similar to the sinking of “The Moscow” by the Ukrainians.  It was a breathtaking event that lifts the spirit – but it does not change the larger realities.  It does not change the fact that Biden’s surrendering Afghanistan was a monumental blunder.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

6 Comments

  1. Frank stetson

    In my opinion, all terrorist groups are dangerous including our own homegrown extremist like those who attacked the capital.

    For Al-Qaeda, they are present in a handful of countries which is mostly of a local concern, there is much in fighting between different groups in these countries. Al-Qaeda not fine as well so spends much of his time in survival mode. The chance of them mounting a multi year planned 9/11 type attack or not present at the current time. However, as I said, any terrorist or extremist group, domestic or foreign, represents a danger to our national security.

    What Karen leaves out, is that the question to be asked is what does the Taliban want more: it’s billions of frozen assets by the US or Al-Qaeda. Time will tell. The Taliban are meeting as we speak, have not really issued any prognostications of where they might go, and soon will give us their answer. Hopefully, they will choose to honor their statements upon establishment this time in Afghanistan. If not, Al-Qaeda has the next in line for succession, and he’s basically like Alaska, and Egyptian army trained nut job. They are still poorly financed, soldiers are not flocking to join the ranks like they did with Isis, and they know they cannot even come out in the open even in Afghanistan. We will need to watch them as we do any terrorist group, but eminent danger to the US on our shores probably does not exist.

    • ARyan

      Lol if the January 6th episode would have been bent on violence there is no way that 1 million gun owners wouldn’t have taken DC. What they did was not an attempt to take the White House.

  2. Americafirst

    Here we go again. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr, died of a fatal heart attack in 2019 at National Naval Medical Center. This Biden is a fake, an actor and has no rights. No one in Biden’s administration is allowed in the real White House in Washington, DC nor can they use Air Force 1 or 2. Fake Biden cannot issue any military orders as he is not the Commander in Chief. Donald J Trump is the legal Commander in Chief. Fake Biden cannot issue any Executive Orders or commands for any military in the United States to do anything. Orders can only come from Donald J Trump. This article above is false and trying to tell readers wrong information and is bordering on treason. If this website cannot issue true information, then everyone should stop clicking on this site. This is what happens when someone wants pure notoriety and kudo’s for telling you stories that are not fully true. If no one believes what I have said, you will find out the truth very soon. I blame communism for much of what is happening today. All evil will fail very soon because the shite is going to hit the fan.

    • Ben

      Joe likes disinformation.

      Can you say Alex?

      • Burt

        Biden didn’t get anyone. The old fool didn’t know it was going to happen

  3. Ben

    Larry is a Karen? Go figure.