Sunday, May 29, 2005

Training Tomorrow's Terrorists... 

Y’know, the invasion of Iraq wasn’t just a distraction from fighting Al Queda. It actually has helped the other side, in ways that even the Administration now has to come to grips with. In today’s Washington Post, Susan Glasser reports on internal WH discussions about the ‘next steps’ in the Global War on Terrorism (or ‘All War, All the Time’ for short). The talks among the White House Terroristas are described in the following way:

“Much of the discussion has focused on how to deal with the rise of a new generation of terrorists, schooled in Iraq over the past couple years. Top government officials are increasingly turning their attention to anticipate what one called "the bleed out" of hundreds or thousands of Iraq-trained jihadists back to their home countries throughout the Middle East and Western Europe. "It's a new piece of a new equation," a former senior Bush administration official said. "If you don't know who they are in Iraq, how are you going to locate them in Istanbul or London?"”

So much for, “I’d rather fight them in Iraq than here in the US,” line that the 2004 pre-election Bush-Cheney team beat up on Senator Kerry with. There seems to be an admission inside the Administration that the war has only helped train jihadis and amp up their volatility. As the Washington Post’s Dana Priest said recently, “I do not think that invading Iraq made the U.S. any safer against terrorism…The war in Iraq diverted U.S.' military and intel resources--and political attention--away from Afghanistan and bin Laden and it has created a huge reservoir of hatred (which was predictable, frankly) against the United States, fueling recruitment of tomorrow's terrorists.”

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