The New York Times published an exhaustive analysis of US President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism strategy today.
But it buried the lead.
The lengthy piece is focused on Obama’s use of drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen that target suspected terrorist leaders, and the spinning moral compass he uses to make those decisions. (It doesn’t mention Somalia, where strikes are also happening.)
In total, it paints a picture of a president who is strong, decisive, always weighing the rights and wrongs of his strategy, and taking personal responsibility for those decisions.
It isn’t until the very end that the story tackles the other, perhaps more important side, of any counterterrorism strategy — one of diplomacy and de-radicalization, an effort to create a world where Al Qaeda has no credible agenda on which to recruit and carry out attacks.