Examine Policies Affecting al-Qaida

It would be appropriate, as Americans note the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 al-Qaida attacks for members of Congress to look into whether U.S. diplomatic and military strategy hurts or helps the terrorist organization. There is some question about that.

President Barack Obama’s plan to attack Syria in retaliation for that nation’s use of chemical weapons would, if carried out, help al-Qaida rebels fighting the regime. U.S. reluctance, both in the White House and Congress, to recognize the legitimacy of the new Egyptian government helps the Muslim Brotherhood clique – linked to al-Qaida – that was ousted.

U.S. policy depends on many factors, of course. But it may be worth Congress’ time to investigate whether the net effect of our government’s actions is giving aid and comfort to those who would destroy us.