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US Intelligence: Iraq War Fuels Terror

Posted in 9/11, foreign policy, Iraq War, Terrorism by Curtis on 9/26/06

The BBC reports (full story here):

The Iraq War has become a cause célèbre for Islamic militants worldwide, declassified parts of a US intelligence report say.

The war has helped recruit “supporters for the global jihadist movement,” the National Intelligence Estimate says.

President George W. Bush had promised to release parts of the report following earlier leaks to the US media.

Mr. Bush said he strongly disagreed with his opponents who thought “going into Iraq was a mistake.”

The report is a collection of the view of all 16 US intelligence agencies.

Hmmm…let’s see…it was the fault of those pesky intelligence agencies, according to the White House, that we couldn’t prevent 9/11 from happening.

The President has said that those who oppose the Iraq War are “naïve.” Rumsfeld has claimed we suffer from “moral confusion.” I can’t recall hearing admonitions from political leaders that brash and brusque at any point during my lifetime. But I have read many such accusations in the speeches of Adolph Hitler, of Josef Stalin, and of Mao Zedong.

The White House position on Binladen has varied widely in the days since September ’01. We’ve heard from Rumsfeld that finding Binladen matters little and that he’s not in command. But at other times (elections) we’ve heard that had Clinton killed Binladen, none of this would have happened.

Bush said long ago that, had his administration been in possession of reliable intelligence about al-Qaeda, it would have acted between January and September 2001.

Well, Mr. Bush, the intelligence is now in on Iraq, and this time, all of America and much of the rest of the world will be able to follow the bouncing ball, page after page. At least, that is, the parts you’ve deemed not too damaging to your case.

We’re waiting to see if you’ll act. For a deadline, how’s November?

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