Mission Not Accomplished

Earlier in the month some were excited by optimistic assessments that al Qaeda had been defeated. Some conservatives even saw this as vindication for the faulty Republican strategy in responding to terrorism. Events in parts of Pakistan make it look like they were prematurely declaring victory over Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism. Pakistan agreed to suspend military action and even impose Islamic law in the Taliban-dominated northwest part of the country, creating a haven for militants. This will also make it easier for bin Laden to both avoid capture and to regroup.

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