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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney Says it's Time for "Radical Islam" to be "Attacked from Mecca and Medina" - Video 12/31/09

Here is video of former Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney on Fox News today where he talked about what possible strikes against Al-Qaeda in Yemen would look like. Reports

McInerney said there are "at least 1,000 Al-Qaeda in Yemen." In comparison, McInerney said there are maybe "50-100 in Afghanistan." "They have moved to Yemen," according to McInerney. The General said we clearly have the capability to strike those targets, but said that alone won't do the job if President Obama continues to refuse to recognize that we are in a "Global War on Terror."

McInerney said Al-Qaeda in Yemen is hiding in villages, making the chances of "collateral damage" much greater. But the General said we cannot let that keep us from striking them where they are.

McInerney said radical Islam needs to be attacked from Saudi Arabia - from Mecca and Medina - where they need to tell Muslims that they "will not go to heaven" by dying in a terrorist attack.


Larry S December 31, 2009 at 4:45 PM  

Oh, come on! How many wars are you going to dump on our armed forces? Iraq, Afghanistan, and the fringes of Pakistan aren't enough? We need to invade Yemen now? And let's take out Iran too, while we're at it, just in case they get close to developing a nuclear bomb in the next few decades.

And then maybe Syria, Somalia, and Sudan; that's got a nice alliterative ring to it.

How in the hell do we go into Yemen without a formal invitation from their government? Are we TRYING to turn every Muslim in the world against us, instead of just the radical jihadists?

What the hell do you think our reaction would be if, say, the Israelis decided to bring in their Special Forces to stage an attack against Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan?

The only thing this guy said that makes much sense is that we need the assistance of moderate Muslims in places like Saudi Arabia. But that isn't likely to happen. If the Saudi royal family speaks out too loudly against the radical jihadists, they wind up with a large target on their backs. What's the upside for the Saudi royal family to do that?

Brian December 31, 2009 at 5:22 PM  

That's why the General said correctly, we are in a "GLOBAL War on Terror." The Left does not believe and won't face it. The consequences will be devastating.

Larry S January 1, 2010 at 6:56 PM  

I'm not questionally the "globalness" of the scope, but I am questioning how anyone in their right mind (right or left, it makes no difference) thinks we can continue to fight conventional wars spread throughout the globe. We're simply not equipped to do that; our military is stretched to extremes already.

A different approach is needed than simply "let's throw a hundred thousand American troops against 'em."

Brian January 1, 2010 at 7:26 PM  

I agree, Larry, that we cannot fight multiple "conventional wars" - meaning a hundred thousand troops on the ground - in country after country. We have to see this as a global struggle against an enemy that hates us for who we are and what we stand for. We have to find a way to take out the training bases in Yemen and the Al-Qaeda leaders who direct them.

Larry S January 1, 2010 at 10:09 PM  

It's more than just taking out training bases. We have to figure out a way to get the governments of our "allies" to allow us to even contemplate attacks on training bases in their soveriegn countries. That's not going to be easyl those governments have a lot to lose and little to gain by allowing such American attacks. Look at the trouble in Pakistan, and they're actually pretty friendly to the U.S.

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