BIDEN Issues Statement on Release of State Department Terrorism Report
Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE) issued the following statement on today's release of the State Department's annual terrorism report:
"On 9/11, Americans gave the Bush Administration one mission: destroy Al Qaeda and protect us from the threat it poses. The release today of the State Department's annual terrorism report confirms what I've been saying for a long time now: not only is that mission unaccomplished, it is further from being achieved now than it was six years ago. We must destroy Al Qaeda. But instead of rolling back the threat it poses, this administration's approach has helped produce a global breakout of extremism, which now threatens more people in more places than it did before 9-11.
"While this Administration pursues a war with no end in sight in Iraq, the people who actually attacked us on 9/11 are resurgent in Afghanistan and Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas. There were dramatically more terrorist incidents and more injuries and fatalities from terrorist attacks in Afghanistan in 2007 than there were in 2006, which in turn had far more attacks and casualties than 2005.
"Afghanistan's fate is directly tied to Pakistan's future and America's security. If Afghanistan fails or Pakistan falls to fundamentalism, America will suffer a terrible setback. We must re-focus our efforts on the real central front in the fight against terrorists: the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
"Outside of Iraq and Afghanistan, more people were killed or injured by terrorists, and there were more suicide bombings, in 2007 than the year before. While there are important pockets of success highlighted in the State Department report, we are not going to get better news about the global state of terrorism until we start making better and smarter use of the totality of America's strength - not just our military - and we start to end a war in Iraq that is diverting our energy and resources from finally defeating Al Qaeda."