July 9, 2005

Our Friends the French

From Matthew Yglesias, a story on US-French efforts in the War on Terror. This is the real war on terror:

Alliance Base demonstrates how most counterterrorism operations actually take place: through secretive alliances between the CIA and other countries' intelligence services. This is not the work of large army formations, or even small special forces teams, but of handfuls of U.S. intelligence case officers working with handfuls of foreign operatives, often in tentative arrangements.

Such joint intelligence work has been responsible for identifying, tracking and capturing or killing the vast majority of committed jihadists who have been targeted outside Iraq and Afghanistan since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to terrorism experts.

This is the real fight against terrorism, and its a fight the French are a real help with. Which is why Bill O'Reilly, with his talk of "Europe getting real" after the London attacks is so full of crap. The kind of covert, shadowy stuff that is effective just doesn't register with conservatives. They think that if it doesn't include huge fireballs and lots of chest beating, it doesn't happen.

1 comment:

Erin said...

The Italians would not agree. They are very uhappy with the CIA special ops and are alleging that they had nothing to do with any of it. But with everybody denying everything and this being the CIA, we'll probably never know what happened. I attach a link to a recent article on this. I hope it works. Anyway, O'Reilly is an idiot, a well known idiot. Europe's EU-open boarder policy makes their security issues much more difficult to solve (I can get in a car and drive to Lebanon going through only one security check). The US has it easy - and O'Reilly should really just shut up. http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2005/06/25/italy_judge_seeks_arrest_of_alleged_cia_agents/?page=full