al qaeda terrorism
The Maliki government is up for re-election this spring and its support base in Baghdad has lived through an already horrific year of terrorist attacks. Unfortunately, Maliki has been given an international green light to bomb and annihilate Al Qaeda forces in Anbar province. The international community is misguided to think a military solution will fill a political vacuum.
The greatest threat to American national security isn't a sleeper cell of terrorists or a homegrown militia. It doesn't have a scary face -- or any face at all. The single biggest danger to America has features that are buried underground, obscured by dense forest, only visible from the air.