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We must fight them over there…

…so we don’t have to fight them over here.  Because, of course, terrorists can’t multi-task.  Oh, sure, 19 al Qaeda hijackers in four teams within America can be coordinated by Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, but that was before we were fighting them over there, don’t you see?

Except, according to ABC News, it seems that fighting them over there makes them want to fight us over here:

Mimicking the hijackers who executed the Sept. 11 attacks, insurgents reportedly tied to al Qaeda in Iraq considered using student visas to slip terrorists into the United States to orchestrate a new attack on American soil.

Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, recently testified that documents captured by coalition forces during a raid of a safe house believed to house Iraqi members of al Qaeda six months ago “revealed [AQI] was planning terrorist operations in the U.S.”

“This appears to be the first hard evidence al Qaeda in Iraq was trying to attack us here at home,” said ABC News consultant Richard Clarke, former chief counterterrorism adviser on the U.S. National Security Council.

“Anyone willing to go to Iraq to fight American troops is probably willing to try to come to the United States,” Clarke said.

I can hear the spin already:  We must fight them over there so we don’t have because they want to fight them us over here.

Odd, is it not, that they raided the house six months ago but this news story only surfaces the day before the State of the Union address?

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