Intel report cites strides, threats
New Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri appearing in an Al-Qaeda video released in October 2011. The deaths of Osama bin Laden and top lieutenants under Zawahiri have weakened the terrorist network according to the annual U.S. intelligence community's threat assessment released Tuesday.
January 31st, 2012
10:19 AM ET

Intel report cites strides, threats

From CNN's Joe Sterling and Pam Benson

The al Qaeda terror network is weakening and the embattled Afghan government is making modest strides, but cyber security threats are on the rise and Iranian nuclear aspirations remain a major peril.

These are among the main themes in the annual U.S. intelligence community's threat assessment, a sweeping 31-page document released Tuesday that touches on a range of issues across the globe.

"The United States no longer faces - as in the Cold War - one dominant threat," Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in prepared testimony to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which will meet on Tuesday to discuss the report.

He said "counterterrorism, counter-proliferation, cyber security and counter-intelligence are at the immediate forefront of our security concerns" and that the "multiplicity and interconnectedness of potential threats - and the actors behind them ... constitute our biggest challenge."

Al Qaeda - the terror network that attacked the United States on September 11, 2001 - "will continue to be a dangerous transnational force," but there have been strides, the report concludes.

The deaths of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and top lieutenants under its new leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has made a dent in the Pakistan-based core of the group, the report said.

"These losses, combined with the long list of earlier losses since CT (counter-terror) operations intensified in 2008, lead us to assess that core al Qaeda ability to perform a variety of functions - including preserving leadership and conducting external operations - has weakened significantly," the report said.

"We judge that al Qaeda's losses are so substantial and its operating environment so restricted that a new group of leaders, even if they could be found, would have difficulty integrating into the organization and compensating for mounting losses."

They expect the leadership to have "sustained degradation, diminished cohesion and decreasing influence in the coming year." Al Qaeda will try to "execute smaller, simpler plots to demonstrate relevance."

The death of bin Laden and other leaders has affected their influence in the Arab uprisings, the report says.

"They probably will struggle to keep pace with events," the report said. "Rhetoric from Ayman al-Zawahiri, bin Laden's successor, has not resonated with the populations of countries experiencing protests."

"Prolonged instability" in the Arab world could work in al Qaeda's favor.

But, "if over the longer term, governments take real steps to address public demands for political participation and democratic institutions - and remain committed to CT (counter-terror) efforts, we judge that core al Qaeda and the global jihadist movement will experience a strategic setback," the report said.

The report cites al Qaeda affiliates al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, al Qaeda in Iraq, al Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb in northern Africa, and Al-Shabaab in Somalia as dangers. They "will remain committed to the group's ideology, and in terms of threats to U.S. interests will surpass the remnants of core al Qaeda in Pakistan."

It says that despite the death of Anwar al-Awlaki, the AQAP "transnational operations chief" last year, AQAP "remains the node most likely to attempt transnational attacks." However, the death "probably reduces" its "ability to plan attacks."

The report also says al Qaeda's impact on the insurgency in war-torn Afghanistan is "limited."

"Al Qaeda is committed to the Afghan jihad, and the propaganda gains from participating in insurgent attacks outweigh their limited battlefield impact," the document says.

As for the government, it "will continue to make incremental, fragile progress in governance, security and development."

The Taliban-led insurgents have "lost ground in some areas," but mainly where NATO-led "surge forces are concentrated." Insurgents remain "resilient" and senior Taliban leaders "enjoy safe haven in Pakistan."

There have been improvements in "extending rule of law" and most provinces have established basic governance structure." President Hamid Karzai's government "did achieve some successes" last year, citing security transition to Afghan leadership.

Only brief references were made to Pakistan, despite its importance in the war against terror and the deep U.S. rift with the government, accentuated after Navy Seals assassinated bin Laden in Abbottabad. It cites al Qaeda's increasing reliance on "ideological and operational alliances with Pakistani militant facts to accomplish its goals within Pakistan and to conduct transnational attacks." It said the country's leaders have had "limited success against the group's operatives." It also said the country's "economic recovery" is at risk for various factors.

As for Iran, the report said it will attempt to "undermine any strategic partnership between the United States and Afghanistan" and it continues to play a destabilizing role across the globe. The report cites the plot last year to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States and concern about "Iranian plotting against U.S. or allied interests."

 "The 2011 plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States shows that some Iranian officials - probably including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei - have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime," the report said.

It also said intelligence agencies are concerned about "Iranian plotting against U.S. or allied interests overseas.

"Iran's willingness to sponsor future attacks in the United States or against our interests abroad probably will be shaped by Tehran's evaluation of the costs it bears for the plot against the ambassador as well as Iranian leaders' perceptions of U.S. threats against the regime," the report said.

It isn't known if Iran will build a nuclear weapon, but "we assess Iran is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons."

It would most likely use missiles to deliver nuclear weapons, saying that the country has "the largest inventory of ballistic missiles in the Middle East."

"It is expanding the scale, reach, and sophistication of its ballistic missile forces, many of which are inherently capable of carrying a nuclear payload," it said.

"Iran's technical advancement, particularly in uranium enrichment, strengthens our assessment that Iran has the scientific, technical and industrial capacity to eventually produce nuclear weapons, making the central issue its political will to do so. These advancements contribute to our judgment that Iran is technically capable of producing enough highly enriched uranium for a weapon, if it so chooses."

The report cities Iran's economic problems and notes the international sanctions against the regime because of its nuclear aspirations.

"Despite this, Iran's economic difficulties probably will not jeopardize the regime, absent a sudden and sustained fall in oil prices or a sudden domestic crisis that disrupts oil exports," the report said.

Iran was cited in the report's section about the "evolving and strategic concern" of cyber threats. The country's increasing intelligence operations against the United States include "cyber capabilities." It said Russia, and China, as well as Iran, will be top espionage threats in "coming years."

Entities in China and Russia "are responsible for extensive illicit intrusions into U.S. computer networks and theft of U.S. intellectual property."

Foreign intelligence services have launched operations targeting U.S. entities and "we assess many intrusions into U.S. networks are not being detected." It also cites "insider threats" to classified information, saying "trusted" people are using access to computer networks for "malicious intent."

The report says strides in information technology are "increasing exponentially" and "emerging technologies are developed and implemented faster than governments can keep pace."

It cites the "failed efforts" to censor social media during the Arab Spring and denial of service attacks and website defacements by hackers against governments and corporations.

"The well-publicized intrusions into NASDAQ and International Monetary Fund networks underscore the vulnerability of key sectors of the U.S. and global economy," the report says.

It says the U.S. government and the private sector must work together to counter the threat.

The report touched on other places: India, Pakistan, North Korea, China, Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, Venezuela, Central Asia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Central Africa's Great Lakes region, Russia, the Caucasus, the Balkans, Ukraine, Belarus, and Turkey and the Kurds.

It also dealt with the subjects of space, energy, world financial markets, water security, health threats, and mass atrocities.

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  1. Sudhir

    Posted on Do you people have a feaobock fan page? I looked for one on twitter but could not discover one, I would really like to become a fan!

    April 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  2. yooper

    time is running out for repenting of abortion.abortion brings nuclear war.

    February 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  3. Hypocrisy

    The Tea Party! They don't retreat, they reload!

    February 1, 2012 at 7:01 am | Reply
  4. Katie

    I'm more scared of our own government than I am of some towel headed terrorists.. Our government is slowly taking away our rights, making us broke and killing us with environmental pollution. Facts are facts.

    February 1, 2012 at 6:26 am | Reply
    • dank

      why stoop to such an ignorant level? why insult a whole belief system? "towel-head"?
      Yes the government you chose is doing a horrible job, and they are running out of money and excuses,
      but that doesn't give you the right to be racist/ hateful,
      just make sure to choose better next time.

      February 1, 2012 at 6:52 am | Reply
      • Suvashis

        Ahmed, try again, this discussion is not to be msised.Shireen is a powerful thinker who evidences passion for a strong Iran to claim its place in the world. Her analysis of the impact of the breakup of USSR was brilliant. She is also stubborn and arrogant, also qualities that command my admiration! However, Dr. Hunter is internally conflicted in her positions that Iran/nationalism trumps Islam juxtaposed against, Iran is alone in the region. It is my understanding that Khomeini sought to exploit Islam as a unifying force a way to bring together Egypt, the Arab states, Syria-Jordan-Lebanon, AND Iran around the common bond of Islam. These are all states whose quest for nationhood in the post-WWII world had been denied to them by the establishment of Israel, and by the US's at first reluctant, later full-throated and unbalanced support for/use of Israel as a lever to further deny the Islamic states realization of their national ambitions. Shireen Hunter does not seem to recognize the dissonance of holding those two positions.Until Khomeini, Israel employed the periphery doctrine' a combination of befriending and dividing its neighbors in order to ensure Israel's security. Pahlavi Iran was Israel's friend' until young Iranians who took over the American Embassy wove together proof that Israel and the US had been systematically looting and abusing the Iranian people. (see Kinzer, All the Shah's Men)I also disagree with Shireen Hunter's emotion-based sympathy for Israel. I believe she's looking at the picture of Dorian Gray that's on display in the museum (Yad Vashem?), but she is not coolly and objectively applying the discipline of foreign policy and diplomacy to the task of assessing the true character of militant zionism that is a blemish on the face of Judaism, on peace in the region, and on the US. On that score, I believe the audience member with whom Hunter grew impatient had worthwhile things to say.

        August 3, 2012 at 12:43 am |
  5. Andrew

    Who's afraid of a few turban wearing nuts when we have the GOP and BIG MONEY destroying our democracy and economy from within?

    February 1, 2012 at 2:27 am | Reply
    • cnn reader

      agreed!!!

      February 1, 2012 at 5:22 am | Reply
    • Flo

      بچه ها من خودم جو گیر شدم اینو همون روز که خبرمنتشر شد فرستادم:hi dear yannii'm from iran & i love you& your music so mauhcs one of your iranian fans i'm so eager to know your idea about persian music.do you have any plans to come to iran(wich is your fans' draem in iran!)or making an album with persian music themes & instruments in future?thank youعجله کردم ها؟

      April 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  6. panzerduck

    Real threat is from within,always looking somwhere else, not looking at what HE is doing, where HE is going. America has to stop trying to be the world policeman. ANYONE suggesting chucking bombs around and ( sorry to the good ones ) is either American or Israeli. Who's the real aggessor, who has the big guns, who has the most boots on the soil . I know there is a "goodness'" that people are trying to achive. But really, is constant war the way to go about it ?

    February 1, 2012 at 1:49 am | Reply
  7. Richard

    The greatest threat facing the US is the corporate owned government that is betraying us all right in front of us.

    February 1, 2012 at 12:46 am | Reply
    • Chris

      How true. It's in the very article you just finished reading.

      February 1, 2012 at 1:32 am | Reply
  8. Mark Knight

    "The United States no longer faces – as in the Cold War – one dominant threat," ... That's because while we were fighting the cold war with the USSR, China was waging a systematic economic war against us. And, we lost.

    January 31, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Reply
  9. RagMcmuffin

    why cant they find this mushroom head leader of monkey terrorists....Plant of the Apes was about Al Qaeda, they must die

    January 31, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Reply
    • ToIdiots

      Yeah lets shoot the car in front of us cause it look suspicious. Hey shoot that lamp on that telephone pole cause i'm sure there's a terrorist inside, or even better let's shoot everything that moves around and look suspicious.

      January 31, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Reply
      • chimp

        If Iraq can't control it's own population, Whats to keep Afghans from wanting same thing? Just let them kill each eachother.

        January 31, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
      • Chris

        Pssst... pro-tip: While Saddam was a horrible tyrant, Iraq was much, much better off before we invaded. If it's "control" you want, I'd say Saddam was doing just fine. Problem?

        February 1, 2012 at 1:31 am |
  10. Draft Dodger Newt

    Man is hard-wired to self destruct.

    We're all fucked.

    January 31, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  11. Jeff

    Obviously the Gravest Threat facing the United States is Mexico and Central America.....STOP THE INVASION!

    January 31, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  12. A Retired Military Guy

    Respectfully, I suggest a significant threat to both Canada and the US is developing from within. Our fathers and grandfathers fought in two world wars, suffered a Great Depression and had to learn to survive through ingeneuity and mutual support. No handouts, no "freebees", just hard work. Today we have a generation that expect free education, the "right" to a job if and when they may choose to take one, loads of social security and a lacklustre sense of committment to family, community or country. In other words," give to me..I want...". That is a threat we all must recognize...
    Thanks for listening

    January 31, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Reply
    • Art Kammerlohr

      Couldn't agree more with the "Retired Military Guy" – That IS our deepest threat; AND, we're not doing anything about it.

      January 31, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Reply
    • jimbo

      Agree 100%. As the cartoon character Pogo remarked, "We have met the enemy and they are us".

      January 31, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Reply
    • Wastrel

      You are right that the greatest threat to us is ourselves, but not for the reasons you give. We are our own worst enemy because we can no longer run our own government, because our own government seeks to oppress us by exaggerating threats from without (as in this article) while doing nothing about the corruption within.

      January 31, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Reply
    • Richard

      This generation inherited quite a mess from the generation you applaud. They pay into a Social Security system that was bankrupt before they were born – and, you think they're unreasinable for wanting their money back at retirement. Of course, I have to consider the source – someone who thinks guns solve problems.

      February 1, 2012 at 12:44 am | Reply
  13. Scot

    BRING OUT THE DRONES !

    January 31, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Reply
    • ToIdiots

      You would stick your Drones where the sun don't shine.

      January 31, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Reply
    • ToIdiots

      Would you stick your Drones where the sun don't shine.

      January 31, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  14. Fredflintstone

    The history of political Islam is the destruction of Christianity in the Middle East, Egypt, Turkey and North Africa. Half of Christianity was lost. Before Islam, North Africa was the southern part of Europe (part of the Roman Empire).
    Around 60 million Christians were slaughtered during the jihadic conquest.
    Half of the glorious Hindu civilization was annihilated and 80 million Hindus killed.
    The first Western Buddhists were the Greeks descended from Alexander the Great’s army in what is now Afghanistan. Jihad destroyed all of Buddhism along the silk route. About 10 million Buddhists died. The conquest of Buddhism is the practical result of pacifism. Zoarasterianism was eliminated from Persia.
    The Jews became permanent dhimmis throughout Islam. In Africa over 120 million Christians and animists have died over the last 1400 years of jihad. Approximately 270 million nonbelievers died over the last 1400 years for the glory of political Islam.

    Islam is the real danger to the world, you are welcome to check my facts.........

    January 31, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Reply
    • Faisal

      Dear Fredflitstone, Your hypothesis are not supported by historical facts. Where you came up with these number, I have absolutely no idea but myself being a student of world history, I can say for sure these numbers are not corroborated by historical facts. LET's BE MORE TRUTHFUL AND LESS EMOTIONAL.

      January 31, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Reply
    • Willow

      Where are you getting these numbers? Also, you apparently never heard of the Crusades where the Catholic Church killed millions of Moslem's during a 200 year span of time.

      January 31, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
      • Jeff Williams

        """you apparently never heard of the Crusades where the Catholic Church killed millions of Moslem's during a 200 year span of time."""

        While his numbers are definitely suspect, he's right about the Islamic conquests.

        The Crusades were launched as a belated result of Islamic invasions of North Africa (even Spain and France), acquisition of Christian holy sites, and Islamic disruption of Christian pilgrimage routes. The Muslims were certainly not merely innocent victims of rampaging Christians. There were reasons for their attacks and viciousness.

        January 31, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • Draft Dodger Newt

      YABADABADOOOO!!!!!!.................you're nuts.

      January 31, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply
    • Andrey

      Lots of people have already died. Even recently – among those born in 19-th century there are hardly a few survivors, everybody else is really dead. Of those born in 18-th – nobody survived! They still say that of all the people who ever lived, the majority are still alive. But not for long!
      I expect that Chinese people will be dying in great numbers, Indian people too – and not only them....Some say that is just statistics. But that is what they want you to believe!

      January 31, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Reply
      • Hari

        Yes you can use them to write checks get cash etc. BUT it is a huge masitke!Rip the checks up ASAP they give you 6 months with 0% interest but charge you a fee to cash the check and they know you can't pay it all off in 6 months. They will get thier money from you don't fall into this credit trap!Live debt free! It is a wonderful feeling.

        July 1, 2012 at 1:03 am |
    • SICKOFIT

      Please stop trying to push the self fulfillment of "biblical proficies", Bush already started us down that path with his religious war in Iraq. Ideology will be the death of us all. People in general need to step into the 21st century and stop beleiving in mythology. We will never solve any of our problems if we let "Religion" dictate what we do and how we should go about killing each other.....in the name of God,...........cause you know,.....he's on our side and as long as you are killing for your particular "God".....it's all good.

      February 1, 2012 at 6:34 am | Reply
  15. krm1007

    PAKISTAN.....The New Gateway to Central Asia and Europe.
    With a population of over 180 million most of whom are well educated, English speaking, entrepreneurial and a cultural and social fit with Central Asians...Pakistan will now become the new face and gateway to Central Asia and Europe. Pakistan will thus span this region and provide the impetus for growth, prosperity and unity among these countries. These are new and exciting times for Pakistanis who should now look forward to their new leadership role aligned with Central Asia and Europe rather than the Subcontinent. We wish them much success as they have sacrificed the most during the past 30 + years creating a new world order.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  16. krm1007

    We all know the dirty games India is playing in the region...financing terrorists who are killing US/NATO/Pakistani troops ....undermining democracies, paying off some factions of talibans protection money so they won't do another Mumbai attack, All this because they are scared of Al Qaeda and Talibans. INDIANS....we dare you to stop hiding behind American skirts and come out in the open and face these terrorists eye to eye

    January 31, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  17. Faisal

    The trillion dollar war industry in USA needs US to engage in a war or two at any particular moment of time. Otherwise the large arms and military equipment manufacturing companies like Lockheed Martin, General Dynamic, Honeywell etc will go bankrupt instead of reporting billions in quarterly profits. The war lobbying groups in Washington will loose their billions of dollars in business; the 6-figure makers so called intelligence analysts, security analysts etc will loose their jobs and above all our SO CALLED ALLIES will loose their proxy fighting force to wage wars to protect their interests instead of US interests. This drama will continue till fellow Americans realize where their tax dollars and they stand up against the forces that are controlling this country.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  18. Arick

    So...I guess we are going to kill more brown people huh?

    January 31, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  19. dike

    Should have let Iran and Iraq alone thew would have been fighting and left the west alone... Same with all Muslim countries, the only problem is OIl.. if only we are not dependent on OIL there will be no Muslim terrorist... mix uneducated people with a barbaric religious leaders and money you get what we currently have.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  20. mosinnagant

    WHO IS THE THREAT TO WORLD PEACE? CHRISTIANS, JEWS, OR MUSLIMS!

    Since the 1979 Iranian revolution and the downfall of the US Puppet Ruler the Shah, Iran has been an Islamic state. In that interval of time, 1979 to the present, Iran has not invaded anyone. Not once. People of all religions live in peace in Iran, even Jews, who find life so comfortable in Iran they refused an offer by the government of Israel to emigrate!

    In the same period of time, Israel, a self-declared Jewish state, attacked Iraq in 1981, bombing the power station at Osirik, claiming it was a clandestine weapons factory. Subsequent examination of the ruins following the 2003 invasion proved Israel had lied. In 1982, Israel invaded Lebanon. This led to the Massacres at Sabra and Shatilla. In February 2003 Israel staged incursions into Gaza and Nablus. In September 2007 Israel bombed Syria, again insisting they were destroying a clandestine weapons laboratory. Again there was no evidence to support Israel's claims. In 2006, Israel attacked Lebanon, killing 1200, mostly civilians, several UN observers, and littering the landscape with land mines on their way out. In February 2008 Israel again raided Gaza, killing over 100. HAMAS agreed to a cease fire and kept it for 6 months until November 4, when Israel again attacked without warning, killing 6 HAMAS members, and launching operation CAST LEAD. 1300 Gazans, mostly civilians, were killed. Israel lost 13 soldiers. Violations of international law included the use of White Phosphorus incendiary bombs against civilians and non-military targets. The United Nations investigated, but Israel refused to cooperate. In May 2010, Israel attacked an international aid flotilla bringing food and medical supplies to Gaza in international waters. 9 people were murdered including an American from New York.

    In the same period of time, the United States, officially a secular nation but predominantly Christian, attacked El Salvador (1980), Libya (1981), Sinai (1982), Lebanon (1982 1983), Egypt (1983), Grenada (1983), Honduras (1983), Chad (1983), Persian Gulf (1984), Libya (1986) , Bolivia (1986), Iran (1987), Persian Gulf (1987), Kuwait (1987), Iran (1988), Honduras (1988), Panama (1988), Libya (1989), Panama (1989), Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru (1989), Philippines (1989), Panama (1989-1990), Liberia (1990), Saudi Arabia (1990), Iraq (1991), Zaire (1991), Sierra Leone (1992), Somalia (1992), Bosnia-Herzegovina (1993 to present), Macedonia (1993), Haiti (1994), Macedonia (1994), Bosnia (1995), Liberia (1996), Central African Republic (1996), Albania (1997), Congo/Gabon (1997), Sierra Leon (1997), Cambodia (1997), Iraq (1998), Guinea/Bissau (1998), Kenya/Tanzania (1998 to 1999), Afghanistan/Sudan (1998), Liberia (1998), East Timor (1999), Serbia (1999), Sierra Leon (2000), Yemen (2000), East Timor (2000), Afghanistan (2001 to present), Yemen (2002), Philippines (2002) , Cote d'Ivoire (2002), Iraq (2003 to present), Liberia (2003), Georgia/Djibouti (2003), Haiti (2004), Georgia/Djibouti/Kenya/Ethiopia/Yemen/Eritrea War on Terror (2004), Pakistan drone attacks (2004 to present), Somalia (2007), South Ossetia/Georgia (2008), Syria (2008), Yemen (2009), Haiti (2010), etc. etc. etc. etc.

    So, who is the danger to world peace?

    January 31, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      How do explain al-Qaida, the Muslim Brotherhood, HAMAS, EIJ, PIJ, Hezbollah, etc, etc....I guess these are all just misunderstood people. Not to mention, when exactly in 1990 did the US attack Saudi Arabia? I guess you meant Iraq.

      January 31, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • midwest

      mosinnagant – Where do you come up with all these lies? Where did you get the misinformation that America attacked all of these places? When did we attack Kuwait? We helped liberate Kuwait from the Iraqis. You also forgot to mention all the puppet/terrorist wings that Iran supports. Iran has been involved in attacking many different Middle Eastern countries and is very instrumental in the attacks against Isreal. To make Iran out to be some peace loving country is not only irresponsible but it is just plain idiotic. We Americans do not always agree with our countries' leadership but we do support World peace and that will never happen when you have leaders that deny the holocaust ever happened and every other dillusional thing that Iran's President believes. He and Chavez make a great couple because they are both clinically insane!

      January 31, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Reply
    • Mr. Myxlptlkx

      SO HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED FOR AL' QUAIDA?

      January 31, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Reply
    • XVET

      People like you, Irans city people are OK because they are educated but your farmers are morons and love to wage war on their city brothers and sisters because they are too dumb to read and understand what is happening in the world. You seem to have an understanding so my question to you is "why are you so blind to the obvious"? Can you not see that we respond to attacks but do not initiate them or are you so brainwashed by islams muleasses that you "pick and choose" what you will and will not believe. I know many muslims and their understanding of the world is bizarre at best. The best one I heard was that Shakespeare was born in Morocco and was a muslim, what a hoot!

      January 31, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Reply
    • StevenJ

      Get your facts straight. You're just citing times that US forces have been deployed overseas (only a small number of times could be lables as "invaded".
      All these date & places can be fact checked at http://www.history.navy.mil/wars/foabroad.htm
      For example, your reference to Chad (1983) is in fact 1983 - Chad. On August 8, 1983, President Reagan reported the deployment of two AWACS electronic surveillance planes and eight F-15 fighter planes and ground logistical support forces to assist Chad against Libyan and rebel forces.......hardly makes for an invasion.
      Read this BOZO's list and compare to the listed website and you can see for yourself what the facts really are !!!

      January 31, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Reply
    • Voice of Reason

      this guy's a Russian, look at his name, it's the second most famous rifle out of their country, pay him no heed

      January 31, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Reply
    • err ruttt

      answer: all the countries you listed that we attacked.

      January 31, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
    • John

      Of all you mentioned that the US attacked, how many of these factions that were attacked were of the religion of Islam?

      January 31, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
      • John

        He is just another USA hater. It is sad that the world has to be so jealous of Americans that they hate us!

        January 31, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
      • ToIdiots

        Nobody is jealous of US, we're just glad we're no part of it.

        January 31, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
    • Fredflintstone

      The history of political Islam is the destruction of Christianity in the Middle East, Egypt, Turkey and North Africa. Half of Christianity was lost. Before Islam, North Africa was the southern part of Europe (part of the Roman Empire).
      Around 60 million Christians were slaughtered during the jihadic conquest.
      Half of the glorious Hindu civilization was annihilated and 80 million Hindus killed.
      The first Western Buddhists were the Greeks descended from Alexander the Great’s army in what is now Afghanistan. Jihad destroyed all of Buddhism along the silk route. About 10 million Buddhists died. The conquest of Buddhism is the practical result of pacifism. Zoarasterianism was eliminated from Persia.
      The Jews became permanent dhimmis throughout Islam. In Africa over 120 million Christians and animists have died over the last 1400 years of jihad. Approximately 270 million nonbelievers died over the last 1400 years for the glory of political Islam.

      And still going.................

      January 31, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Reply
    • James

      I must have missed the 2010 invasion of Haiti. I guess we took control of their country while they were scrambling to recover from the earthquake? Wow! We really lucked out acquiring that rat hole by force, huh?

      January 31, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply
    • Jerry Spurbeck

      egads.... from a russian, no less. so sorry. where'd you guys go? since 1980, only the US has had the fortitude and ability to engage our enemies, and enemies of free people across the globe. seems that if the US sails into the Atlantic, we must be attacking someone, using your illogic. Your commie buddies got push out of Grenada. We we're invited by the Governments of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bosnia, and most others you mentioned. You forgot, Honduras in 1991. I know. I was there helping the Honduran Gov with drug-interdiction efforts. Oh, and the US "pulled out" of the Philippines in 2002, not attacked. maybe your sorry Russian friends would be proud of your written word, but you all look like fools when you posted this comment.

      January 31, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Reply
      • Jerry Spurbeck

        the most laughable though comment though was where you mentioned that the US attacked Georgia. That was the Russians, you idiot.

        January 31, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  21. mipolitic

    well a nsa report that is not submitted by the pres. this report clearly brings to light the threats to the world and to the west. wow what a difference since the bush years. the iran covert actions against usa assests and nuke program are not mentioned in strong language as iraq was years ago. the iran nuke program seems to be ignored and down graded , i bet the IAEA report will be on the same SHELF. easy guys the pres is running for re-election

    January 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  22. h.

    worth the price

    January 31, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  23. My name is Jose Jimenez

    I shudder to think what that assessment cost!

    January 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  24. h.

    Al Qaeda: Fear the Reaper!

    January 31, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
    • Voice of Reason

      YEAH! .... and the Predator, the Raptor, the Hornet, the Thunderbolt, the Lightning II, the Abrams, and the Javelin....

      The US Military Machine – Universal symbol of kiss-your-***-goodbye

      January 31, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  25. h.

    shout out to the whole intelligence community Company, NSA, Rangers, SEALS, Spec OPS, and POTUS for calling the shots. Keep up the good work folks

    January 31, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  26. Duane

    Notice the article points out the Pakistani lead organization.....time to cut ties with that country

    January 31, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
    • h.

      Friends close...enemies even closer my friend.

      January 31, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  27. Greenspam

    I thought this article was about Intel the CPU maker.

    January 31, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • CookieCat

      Me, too! I got worried about the stocks... :)))

      January 31, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  28. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/pulverized-to-near-power/

    January 31, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
    • Wastrel

      Utter nonsense.

      January 31, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Reply

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