Sunday, September 24, 2006

NIE Report: Iraq War Hurting Fight Against Terror

September 24, 2006

From an article in the Washington Post dated September 24, 2006, we read that the NIE (National Intelligence Estimate) states, contrary to President Bush’s claims, that “the "centrality" of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and the insurgency that has followed, as the leading inspiration for new Islamic extremist networks and cells that are united by little more than an anti-Western agenda. Rather than contributing to eventual victory in the global counterterrorism struggle, it concludes that the situation in Iraq has worsened the U.S. position.”

That I can find, this 30-page report has not yet been made public. At least, I haven’t been able to find a copy online just yet. With that in mind, my comments will be based off of the article appearing today, Iraq war hurting terror fight, spy agencies say.

This “estimate” does appear to hurt President Bush after he has been saying we are winning and decimating Al Qaeda as we progress in the War on Terror. In fact, according to another article, in the New York Times, Prominent Democrats can’t seem to wait to “pile on” against the President.

John Kerry, failed 2004 Democratic Party candidate for President and self proclaimed war hero (you do realize he visited Viet Nam) said, “The National Intelligence Estimate provides jarring confirmation that the disastrous policy in Iraq is a giant recruiting poster for terrorists.”

Arianna Huffington, mush mouthed SUV hater added, “There is a real battle going on to define who is going to keep America safer.”

Ted Kennedy, robust lifelong Senator and rich boy stated, [The assessment] “should put the final nail in the coffin for President Bush’s phony argument about the Iraq war.” (Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment).

Nancy Pelosi, noted Bush hater and prospective and hopeful Speaker of the House chimed in, “President Bush should read the intelligence carefully before giving another misleading speech about progress in the war on terrorism.”

Arlen Specter, notorious Republicrat and RINO couldn’t wait to add, “the war in Iraq has intensified Islamic fundamentalism and radicalism,” although he added “that’s a problem that nobody seems to have an answer to.”

Maybe these rapid condemners forgot that this same NIE is the same that was responsible for the 2002 “estimate” that stated Iraq had "continued its weapons of mass destruction [WMD] programs," possessed stockpiles of biological and chemical weapons and "probably will have a nuclear weapon during this decade."

Of course, just because they have been wrong in the past doesn’t necessarily make them wrong today. So, for sake of argument, let’s say the situation in Iraq is getting worse and our presence there is being used as recruiting tool. WHY?

Is it merely our presence, or could it be the negative reports constantly being printed and broadcast worldwide by our lamestream media?

We have Congressmen and Senators stating our troops are “killing innocent civilians in cold blood,” “Terrorizing women and children in the dead of night,” comparing the troops to Nazis, Soviet Gulags and other nefarious accusations.

We have our lamestream media showing every picture claiming torture or humiliation of detainees they can, while not showing photos of the 9/11 attacks or of our troops be murdered and drug behind trucks as their bodies are mutilated and set on fire.

We have wild card Senators like John McLame claiming we have been torturing detainees unmercifully and demanding what Rush Limbaugh tagged as a “terrorist bill of rights” to ensure our troops and intelligence cannot aggressively draw information from them. Information that just might prevent the next attack against us.

These reports, almost on a daily basis, are broadcast around the world being translated into the language of the people viewing them. Those with a disposition towards radical Islam also see these and hear nothing from our own media other than we are the bad guys, we don’t belong there, our President lied to justify stealing their oil in a war, to get vengeance against Saddam for trying to assassinate his father and that this war was pre-planned even before he became President. They hear and read that we wish to maintain a permanent presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. They hear that our troops drag 14-year-old girls out, rape them and then murder their families.

About the only thing they don’t hear or read is that we wish for them to step up and take over, once they are strong enough. That we prosecute any who violate “rules of engagement” or commit crimes like rape.

They are told by the likes of Zawahiri, Zarqawi (now deceased), Bin Laden, Ahmenijad, Chavez and others that we are the “devil,” “the Great Satan,” and desire to annihilation of all of Islam. Our lamestream media prints or broadcasts NOTHING to the contrary, just anything they feel with hurt President Bush.

Is it any wonder that terrorist numbers just may be growing?

Where are stories of the heroes? Where are the stories of magnificent efforts our troops have made in securing the countryside and rebuilding the infrastructure? Where are the stories of this ALL VOLUNTEER Force re-enlisting and returning for more tours?

If our presence is truly adding to the growth of terror, we need only look at what our own media has been continually claiming ever since President decided “enough is enough” and launched an all out effort to finally fight terrorism at its roots.

If we truly value freedom and liberty, we cannot afford to lose this fight. We cannot afford to elect officials who aren’t serious about defeating terror. We cannot stop supporting our Brave Troops and their Mission.

Lew

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