What Endless War looks like

by GLENN GREENWALD
NOV 23, 2011 3:41 AM PACIFIC STANDARD TIME
U.S. Army soldiers race toward the border from Iraq into Kuwait on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010.

U.S. Army soldiers race toward the border from Iraq into Kuwait on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010.  (Credit: AP/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

Anonymous U.S. officials this morning are announcing in The Washington Post that they have effectively defeated what they call “the organization that brought us 9/11″ — Al Qaeda — by rendering it “operationally ineffective.” Specifically, “the leadership ranks of the main al-Qaeda terrorist network have been reduced to just two figures whose demise would mean the group’s defeat, U.S. counterterrorism and intelligence officials said.” And: “asked what exists of al-Qaeda’s leadership group beyond the top two positions, the official said: ‘Not very much’.”