Yes, they want to implement a sharia state, and that's not very Murican
The enemy of my enemy is thy friend
Working with Al-Qaida can be justifiable, but so is conspiring with one's enemy. Hitler conspired with Stalin to reclaim his old lands, then broke his back right afterwards in Operation Barbarossa. Stalin conspired with his "Right Bolsheviks" before attacking them for being reactionaries in his purges. The US sold arms to Iran to fund the Contra War, then imposed sanctions on Iran again. This concept of "liberty" however is still American; Al-Qaida hates liberty and wants to impose Sharia. That is not American. Anything that goes against the common liberty of the common man are considered evil by the Americans; many Americans did object the US entrance into WWI as they saw the Brits and the Baguette eating ppl as imperialist oppressors. But this concept of conspiring with enemies, then back breaking them, is not new to history.
Abe Lincoln is correct here. This type of foreign policy is infallible. I'll reference Saudi Arabia here. Given the polar opposites of our two cultures, they were once our enemies at one point believe it or not. They've implemented dozens of reforms including local elections, women suffrage, ect. Instead of going on unrealistic dreams of America's number one "threat", we can work with our so called enemies. This doesn't need to just include Al-Qaeda. Think of the possibilities if we lifted sanctions with Sudan, Cuba, and Venezuela. It turns out we agree with more than we disagree on. That's true for all of society. We all have the same end goal in mind.
thy friend? isn't it my friend?
Al-Qaeda has always been a friend of America.... until we kept bombing their houses