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1/25/2018 7:38:29 AM
Posted: 7/8/2002 4:48:04 AM EST
[url]http://www.newsmax.com/commentmax/articles/Notra_Trulock.shtml[/url] Al-Qaeda won a major battle in the war on terrorism recently. Not on the battlefield but in Washington, where politicians often squander the hard-earned victories of U.S. forces. The defeat received only cursory attention from the media, which is surprising given their appetite for second-guessing any administration once U.S. troops are committed abroad. The "defeat" stems from the sudden resignation of Army General (ret.) Wayne A. Downing as President Bush's Deputy National Security Advisor for Counterterrorism. Downing brought years of experience fighting terrorism and a reputation for candor with him when he joined the administration after the September 11 tragedy. His replacement, Air Force General (ret.) John Gordon, comes out of the strategic missile forces, lacks hands-on experience in fighting terrorism, and is a "political general."
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