06 Sep 2011
With the 10-year anniversary of the devastating 9/11 attacks right around the corner, we are reminded of our recent successes in dealing with Al Qaeda. Last month a drone took out, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, Al Qaeda’s #2 man, in the mountains of Pakistan. In June, we brought down another senior commander and let’s not forget the killing of Bin Laden in May. Much of the credit for these successes goes directly to Michael G. Vickers, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Department of Defense, who was recently spotlighted in the New York Times for being the catalyst in bringing justice to Al Qaeda.
Here’s one paragraph from the New York Times article that absolutely sums up Vicker’s successes:
In recent months, it was Mr. Vickers, an administration official said, who helped persuade a cautious Robert M. Gates, then the defense secretary, to go along with the Bin Laden raid. It was Mr. Vickers who was a driver behind two other covert American military operations, in Syria and Pakistan, which killed more than two dozen militants in late 2008. It was Mr. Vickers who made sure that Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal had enough drones at his disposal when he ran the military’s Special Operations Command, which staged secret raids in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In the coming days, we will see many emotional reminders of the losses we experience on September 11, 2001 in the news media. It is a day that we will never forget and thanks to Mr. Vickers’ efforts, chances are it will never be repeated.