In an audio speech a day after the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, Ayman al-Zawahri, the leader of Al Qaeda, called on Muslims to carry out a “a few disparate attacks” on American soil and to “bleed America economically,”.. NY Times, Attack U.S., Qaeda Chief Tells Muslims in a Speech
Of course, our maximum union leader, Al Shanker, was totally invested in pushing the "military first" line even of schools were being starved for funds. When he endorsed war-hawk Scoop Jackson for President I made what I consider my best speech at the Delegate Assembly in opposition where I pointed that we cannot have guns and butter and Shanker was choosing guns over the UFT membership's best interests.
Then came the Afghanistan invasion by the Soviets in 1979, a 10-year disaster that sapped their economy and was the final nail in their coffin. American strategy at the time was to help drain the well by supporting insurgent elements, notably a guy named Osama and his pal Zawahri.
“We should bleed America economically by provoking it to continue in its massive expenditure on its security, for the weak point of America is its economy, which has already begun to stagger due to the military and security expenditure,” Mr. Zawahri said, according to the SITE translation quoted in news reports.
They learned their lessons from the successful US strategy in undermining and draining the Soviet Union. The Al Qaeda terrorist strategy aimed at the US was to do exactly as we did to the Soviets. Starve the economy. Though the US economy is/was so much stronger than the Soviets were in 1979 when the Afghan war began, we have seen some serious erosion. Money to defense and security (just look at TSA) has skyrocketed while school systems all over the nation are starved, as one example.
Echoing some of his past themes, Mr. Zawahri laid out a strategy involving economic pressures and terrorist attacks to wage “war on its own land” against the United States and to force Washington to maintain high levels of military spending to weaken its economy.
“And keeping America in tension and anticipation only costs a few disparate attacks here and there, meaning as we defeated it in the gang warfare in Somalia, Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan, so we should follow it with that war on its own land,” he added, referring to places where Al Qaeda and its affiliates have been active.He said such strikes could be carried out “by one brother or a few of the brothers” in anticipation of a bigger attack, apparently an acknowledgment that a diminished Al Qaeda no longer feels able to carry out major attacks itself in the short term.“With these strikes, we must monitor and lie in wait and seize any opportunity to land a large strike on it, even if it takes years of patience for this,” he said, citing April’s attack at the Boston Marathon.
“The Boston incident confirms to the Americans the extent of their lying and tricking of themselves and their arrogance from accepting the truth that is as bright as the sun, which is that they are not facing individuals, organizations or groups, but they are facing an uprising” by a Muslim world “that rose in jihad to defend its soul, dignity and capabilities.”
Mr. Zawahri also referred to the civil war in Syria, urging jihadists fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s forces to withhold cooperation from secular foes of the Damascus authorities, apparently underlining a strategy to turn Syria into a bastion of Islamic militancy at the strategic heart of the Middle East.