January 2013 Archives

January 27, 2013

Al-Qaeda 3.0 is on the Rise

How has Al-Qaeda evolved since the organization’s September 11, 2001 attack on the United States, and the 12-year war the U.S. has waged against the organization?

According to Bruce Riedel, a retired U.S. Central Intelligence Agent (CIA) and currently a counterterrorism expert at the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution, "We are witnessing today the evolution of the third generation of Al-Qaeda. Or what I refer to as Al-Qaeda 3.0.

He told the Agence France Press: "The first generation was the generation that created Al-Qaeda, right up to the attacks of September 11. The second generation dates roughly from the fall of the Taliban state in Afghanistan until the death of Osama bin Laden and the Arab awakening.”

To read more from the interview, please see “Al-Qaeda 3.0: exploiting unrest from Syria to Sahel: expert.” 

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January 26, 2013

Is This Why John McCain Opposed Susan Rice?

"If confirmed as expected, Senator John Kerry will be the first white male U.S. Secretary of State in about 16 years.  So what, if anything, does that mean?" asks the Voice of America's Jeff Seldin in a January 25, 2013, post headlined "John Kerry, First White, Male Secretary of State in 16 Years."

Warren Christopher was the last white male to hold the position.

U.S. Senator John McCain and other senator waged a public battle to prevent Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, from becoming Secretary of State.

By the way, Jezebel's Erin Gloria Ryan published a similar, more in-depth perspective on this on November 10, 2012, in an article headlined "Is America Ready for a White, Male Secretary of State?"

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