“I’m glad we were able to get some rescued, but we did lose three Americans,” Panetta told a small group of reporters Monday as he left the inaugural lunch at the Capitol. “That just tells us al Qaeda is committed to creating terror wherever they are, and we’ve got to fight back.”
The above quote is from The Hill's DEFCON Hill. Sec Def Panetta is calling for more action in Algeria in response to the three Americans that were killed. Reading the quote, I was struck by how it calls for unilateral escalation of violence while ignoring how US involvement in Mali caused the latest attack. No the US can't back down but we do have to remember that we are fighting an asymmetrical enemy and our actions will have asymmetrical results.
The Hill's DEFCON Hill