Tuesday, September 26, 2006

As requested...

you should be blogging about the recent leaked nie intelligence report. I'm eager to get your pro-war opinion on that
OK. First of all, I'm not pro-war. I think war is a necessary evil, but that doesn't mean I like it or think its great. I am, however, supportive of our efforts in Iraq because I think without them our country would be further imperiled. Every terrorist killed by a bullet, bomb, or rocket in Iraq is one less to die via vest or car or plane here on our soil (or at our embassies, or in Israel, or over the Atlantic).

Moving on to the leaked report -- yes, some sections of a report were leaked and Democrats jumped all over certain phrases, particularly one "cause célèbre". That isn't a term used often, and I find it peculiar that that exact wording is used in every single article about the report. Is it the same guy writing all the articles, or (more likely) is it that there's not a lot of information out yet and the authors are just grasping at straws, repeating the same whispers?

Read it.

I'm perfectly fine with this rationale:
[Bush] said, "some people have guessed what's in the report and have concluded that going into Iraq was a mistake. I strongly disagree. I think it's naive."

Which is supported by the written evidence. If there really are 3 1/2 pages of damning evidence, certainly anti-war position players could have found more than one phrase to latch onto? The sentence I'm referring to reads:
"The Iraq conflict has become the 'cause celebre' for jihadists, breeding a deep resentment of U.S. involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for the global jihadist movement," the report said.
However, most news sources have not reported the rest of that bit (surprise surprise) which says:
"Should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves, and be perceived, to have failed, we judge fewer fighters will be inspired to carry on the fight," it said.
So. What the report (seemingly) really says is this -- if we give up in Iraq, it will have been a big mess that has opened us up to a lot more attacks. But if we win terrorists all over the world will be demoralized and will have had large parts of their infrastructure and leadership destroyed, i.e., a big win for us. Why hello, Bush foreign policy. How nice to meet you!

I think the really funny thing is that this same ideology, i.e., Iraq is doing nothing but make people hate us more (which is a rather inane concept in itself -- people who don't hate you don't kill 3,000 innocents just 'cuz), has been around for a long time. Check out this Common Dreams article from 2003, complete with cause célèbre clause:
Washington must impose security in Iraq to prevent the country from "ripening into a cause celebre for radical Islamic terrorists," it concluded. "Nation-building" in Iraq was paramount and might require more troops than initially planned.

"On the plus side, war in Iraq has denied al Qaeda a potential supplier of weapons of mass destruction and discouraged state sponsors of terrorism from continuing to support it," the report said.

"On the minus side, war in Iraq has probably inflamed radical passions among Muslims and thus increased al Qaeda's recruiting power and morale and, at least marginally, its operating capability," it said.

"The immediate effect of the war may have been to isolate further al Qaeda from any potential state supporters while also swelling its ranks and galvanizing its will."
Its a broken record. Three years strong and the Left has come up with nothing new for us. Ultimately, it comes down to this:
Bush said he thought it was "a bad habit for our government to declassify every time there's a leak."
And how.