The report on Sunday about the National Intelligence Estimate in the NYTimes and the Washington Post has totally and completely vindicated everything I’ve been saying about the war in Iraq from day one - which is that it has only made the terror threat worse and not better.
The war in Iraq has become a primary recruitment vehicle for violent Islamic extremists, motivating a new generation of potential terrorists around the world whose numbers may be increasing faster than the United States and its allies can reduce the threat, U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded....
The intelligence estimate, completed in April, is the first formal appraisal of global terrorism by United States intelligence agencies since the Iraq war began, and represents a consensus view of the 16 disparate spy services inside government.
The idiocy of the Bush administration’s response to 9/11 has now been completely exposed (or at least it will be if they ever release the NIE report). Iraq was the wrong war at the wrong time in the wrong place. It was like someone who got stung by a swarm of hornets and then decided to go stamp on a fire ant mound rather than search for the hornets’ nest.
Our nation has paid a heavy price for this administration’s incompetence and stupidity. I can only hope that there will not be an even bigger price to pay before we can finally get some halfway intelligent people back in charge of our government. This mid-term election will be crucial in that respect. People who still insist on voting for Republicans this time around are either thoroughly blinded by ideology or simply have their heads stuck in the sand. There is no other explanation at this point.