In 2005, President Bush declared:
“If we were not fighting and destroying this enemy in Iraq, they would not be idle. They would be plotting and killing Americans across the world and within our own borders. By fighting these terrorists in Iraq, Americans in uniform are defeating a direct threat to the American people.”
That was after he faithfully asserted that Iraq poses a worldwide threat with its stockpiles of chemical weapons, a spoonful of which can cause catastrophic death and destruction blah blah … oh you know the rest of the story, no need to reiterate…
But what’s new today is this study, “The Iraq Effect”, (contrast with “Iraq the Model”), which concluded that the war has increased terrorism sevenfold worldwide.
“The administration’s own National Intelligence Estimate on “Trends in Global Terrorism: implications for the United States,” circulated within the government in April 2006 and partially declassified in October, states that “the Iraq War has become the ‘cause celebre’ for jihadists…and is shaping a new generation of terrorist leaders and operatives.””
Using Pierre’s graphic depiction of the situation, what some thought would be this:Turned into this:
But don’t misinterpret this, it is just a graphic display of the rise in the number of Iraqis who are turning out to greet their liberators with cheers and flowers. I’m sure Mr. Chenny will agree.
Also related: Iraq War Timeline: Lie by LieLebanese Addendum:
After they seemed freaked out yesterday by the news that the U.S. Set to Join Iran and Syria in Talks on Iraq, they (Lebanese for: they know themselves) breathed a long sigh of relief after the White House said today that there was no change in its policy towards the Islamic republic and Syria.