The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Dreaming in Kabul: “You’re not armed. Even I know that your paper bans reporters from carrying guns. I’m just showing you a photocopy from ‘Imperial Hubris.’ Remember, this is from the C.I.A.’s top expert on Al Qaeda: ‘U.S. forces and policies are completing the radicalization of the Islamic world. … I think it fair to conclude that the United States of America remains bin Laden’s only indispensable ally.’

Have you seen the polls? People who like the U.S. are down to 13 percent in Egypt and 3 percent in Saudi Arabia. Even in Morocco and Jordan, two-thirds of the people say that suicide bombings against Westerners are justifiable.

So what’s your strategic aim? To kill lots of Americans?

No. If we wanted to do that, we’d have our agents open up McDonald’s franchises. After all, by some accounts, excess salt kills 150,000 Americans a year. No, our ultimate aim is to recreate a powerful caliphate in a true Muslim nation, one that doesn’t kowtow to the”

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