If you want to 'end the war' against al Qaeda, one good way would be to declare that all of the global terror group's leaders are dead, and declare victory. And this seems to be exactly what the Obama administration is doing. And pretty much doing it at the behest of our 'friends' in Pakistan. The same Pakistani friends who insisted for 10 years that Osama bin Laden wasn't in Pakistan, until he was killed by US SEALs in a raid just outside Pakistan's version of West Point.
Read this report at The Wall Street Journal. Here is an excerpt, emphasis is mine:
The CIA has long added new targets to a longer "kill list" on a rolling basis as old targets are hit.Now, U.S. officials say, the "kill list" is not self-replenishing, a change long sought by Islamabad. "By taking one off, we're not automatically putting one on," a senior U.S. official said. As a result, the number of targets on the list are decreasing as the CIA's drones focus on a more limited number of high-level targets that "will enable us to conclude the program," the official said.
To better understand the Obama administration's view on al Qaeda, I urge you to read our exchanges with State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf on the nature of al Qaeda from two weeks ago. Start here. Then read Ms. Harf's response. And then read our rebuttal.
The decision to define al Qaeda down to irrelevancy seems to be part of the administration's policy of declaring victory and going home. We've seen this happen in Iraq (with disastrous consequences), and it is currently happening in Afghanistan.