Intelligence officials on Wednesday disputed suggestions that President Obama is sending 30,000 more troops just to fight 100 Al Qaeda operatives estimated to be remaining in Afghanistan, arguing that their influence with the thousands-strong Taliban makes them far more harmful than their numbers would indicate.
The officials responded after an ABC News story referred to the intelligence community estimate on the number of Al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan as “Obama’s secret,” and something he deliberately omitted mentioning in his speech Tuesday night.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., invoked the 100 figure in her response to Obama’s Afghanistan strategy speech Tuesday night.
“I do not support adding more troops because there are now 200,000 American, NATO and Afghan forces fighting roughly 20,000 Taliban and less than 100 Al Qaeda,” she said in a written statement.
Let’s take Boxer’s claim at face value. We should never assume that just because there’s only 100 of anything renders it benign and easy to defeat. For example, there are 100 people in the U.S. Senate, and look how much havoc they can wreak — and often they’re unstoppable. Many of them are on the verge of continuing to wreck the entire nation economically (not to mention medically) as we speak.
On 9/11, thousands of people were murdered by only 19 members of Al Qaeda. And, as I stated in the title, if Obama sent Barbara Boxer’s I.Q. to Afghanistan to fight those 100 Al Qaeda she says are there, her I.Q. would be greatly outnumbered.