http://www.ctc.usma.edu/aq/AFGP-2002-600053-Trans.pdf Download the complete PDF version of the correspondence, and go to page 22, you will find these comments: The Muslim victory in Somalia over the America has profound implications ideologically, politically, and psychologically that will require lengthy studies. You have the duty to record notes about these implications and keep them until it is time to study them in depth. Just the same, there is an important observation that we must not ignore, which is that the Americans were not defeated militarily in Somalia. Effective human and economic losses were not inflicted on them. All that happened was that the Somali battle revealed many of their psychological, political, and perhaps military weaknesses. The Somali experience confirmed the spurious nature of American power and that it has not recovered from the Vietnam complex. It fears getting bogged down in a real war that would reveal its psychological collapse at the level of personnel and leadership. Since Vietnam America has been seeking easy battles that are completely guaranteed. *********** You can see how AQ and it's all-too-willing allies in the mainstream press and the DNC are still effectively combating American interests via fickel American attitudes despite losing ground in Iraq.