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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Michael A. Sheehan
Al Qaeda is operating a "shadow army" inside Afghanistan to conceal its numbers and the scope of its operations, while the Taliban is on the verge of major resurgence as U.S. military forces prepare to depart, former senior Pentagon officials and leading counterterrorism analysts told Congress on Tuesday.
The man who leads the Pentagon's secret war against al Qaeda and its allies believes it is likely to last another decade or two, and that the current legal basis for it provided by Congress in 2001 continues to be sound, despite the changing character of the enemy.
"But when that decision is made, I hope that he will leave enough capability to sustain the success we have had against al Qaeda 'central' in protecting our homeland and other strategic targets since Sept. 11."
"There will be a great temptation for the administration to go to the 'zero option' and withdraw all our troops by the end of the president's second term," said Michael A. Sheehan, who served in the administration as assistant secretary of defense until last year.