Iraq disaster has worsened terror threat: intelligence agenciesJust when you thought it couldn't get any worse...
It's now been well-established that the three main excuses presented for the aggression against Iraq have been thoroughly discredited.
Even some who conceded that fact contended that at least staying in Iraq is now necessary to confront terror.
This observation that the Iraq aggression would make the threat of terrorism was is hardly new. For people with a modicum of common sense and a rudimentary understanding of world (not just US) history, this was blindingly self-evident before the aggression was launched.
Yet, official sources, the best and the brightest if you will, are finally starting to realize this.
No, this observation was not made by the Dixie Chicks, Hollywood actors, Michael Moore or whoever the irrelevant strawman of the day is.
It was made by US intelligence agencies. They issued a report which, The New York Times reports, asserts that Islamic radicalism, rather than being in retreat, has metastasized and spread across the globe.
The paper added: In early 2005, the National Intelligence Council released a study concluding that Iraq had become the primary training ground for the next generation of terrorists, and that veterans of the Iraq war might ultimately overtake Al Qaeda’s current leadership in the constellation of the global jihad leadership.
Of course, President Bush's ardent defense of a mythical right to torture hasn't helped either. Even his former secretary of state has said that the president's love affair with torture has caused the rest of the world 'to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism.'