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Reality Meets Bush’s War…Compare and Contrast


[Iraqis walk past a pool of blood at the site where a bomb exploded in Baghdad’s poor neighborhood of Sadr City. Iraq marked a bloody start to Ramadan with a Baghdad bomb killing 31, mainly women and children, and the grisly discovery of nine severed police heads in Saddam Hussein’s hometown.(AFP/Wissam Al-Okaili)]

From the WaPo, quoting sources on the latest Intelligence NIE:

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.

From George Bush’s recent speech in Atlanta in early September:

"Many Americans . . . ask the same question five years after 9/11," he said in a speech in Atlanta earlier this month. "The answer is yes. America is safer. We are safer because we have taken action to protect the homeland. We are safer because we are on the offensive against our enemies overseas. We’re safer because of the skill and sacrifice of the brave Americans who defend our people."

President Rose-Colored-Glasses knew at that time what the conclusions of the April NIE were, that we are not safer, and that he is using the sacrifice of our American soldiers for his own political cover going into the November elections.  And yet he lied, publicly, and tried to spin things as being better than they are — heckuva job, Bushie. 

The April NIE represents the consensus viewpoint of all of the intelligence agencies — 15 or 16 total, I think — across a broad spectrum of viewpoints from the CIA to defense department intel — and the consensus from all of them is that we are less safe now than we were at 9/11.  Any questions?

Oh wait, I have one:  are we, in fact, doing everything we can to ensure the safety of the United States?

But "a really big hole" in the U.S. strategy, a second counterterrorism official said, "is that we focus on the terrorists and very little on how they are created. If you looked at all the resources of the U.S. government, we spent 85, 90 percent on current terrorists, not on how people are radicalized."

The NYTimes has more. 

I’ve got yer messaging right here.  The American public isn’t stupid — stop treating us like we are, and try telling yourself the truth for a change.  Had enough?

(Oh, and there are some folks raising questions about McCain and Bush’s CYA torture bill.  Read here.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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