al Quaeda long term goal: damage US economy
From the deeply sober and respected Jane’s
It is almost certain that there is a comprehensive Al-Qaeda strategy for a long-term campaign against the United States because in the final analysis it is the US that is the major obstacle to their eventual triumph. This long-term strategy probably revolves around forcing the US into an isolationist â€˜Fortress Americaâ€™ policy.
To achieve this type of long-game result it is likely that the Al-Qaeda planners have been thinking along the following lines: â€˜The business of America is business. Therefore, the way to force the political change that Al-Qaeda requires is to have an impact upon American business.â€™
It is almost impossible to destroy the US. However, it is almost certainly possible to cause significant economic damage to the US across a number of sectors.
Look at Al-Qaeda as a cross between a merchant bank, providing venture capital for terrorist operations and a terrorist consultancy. Possibly 5,000 trained terrorists from Afghanistan are at large, and it is likely that they are infiltrating Muslim groups (many of these groups totally innocent) in a number of countries worldwide. These Al-Qaeda terrorists are almost certainly identifying the radical individuals who are likely candidates for future operations and adding terrorist expertise and operational value to these local groups.