In another attempt to beat the "increase in terrorism because of Iraq" drum, Walter Pincus and Karen DeYoung offered up their "analysis" of the NIE Terrorism Report declassified yesterday. In an article titled Sobering Conclusions On Why Jihad Has Spread, Pincus and DeYoung summarize the report in this manner...
But the estimate itself posits no such cause and effect. Instead, while it notes that counterterrorism efforts have seriously damaged and disrupted al-Qaeda's leadership, it describes the spreading "global jihadist movement" as fueled largely by forces that al-Qaeda exploits but is not actively directing. They include Iraq, corrupt and unjust governments in Muslim-majority countries, and "pervasive anti-U.S. sentiment among most Muslims."
Any two year old could tell you that fighting back against a big bully may make things worse for a while and rally other fools to their cause but holding steadfast and not giving up, are the keys to breaking their backs. Which is what President Bush has done since September 11, 2001. While playing up the negatives, Pincus and DeYoung glossed over the positives and the justification for staying the course in Iraq.
But they did offer up a little tidbit that only points out the blatant and complete hypocrisy and power grabbing manipulation that encompassed the latest leak. Seems that the bozos that are out to get President Bush at all costs forgot that they received a copy of the report back in April 2006.
"Democratic claims of an administration coverup seemed less justified yesterday as it became apparent that the complete classified report had been made available to lawmakers within days of its completion in April.
Copies of the NIE were sent to the House and Senate intelligence, armed services and foreign affairs committees at the time, through normal electronic information channels available to all members, intelligence and congressional sources said. It arrived at the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on April 26."
Pincus and DeYoung do make this little comment. I hope they have their helmets on cause they are gonna get a thrashin' about the head for this little diversion from the DNC talking points...
"Whether the document was ignored or disappeared into cyberspace, however, it seemed to have made little impact on Capitol Hill at the time. No one in either chamber, on either side of the aisle, requested a briefing or any further information on its conclusions until now, the sources said."
Kinda like those briefings that those braying the loudest against the NSA programs actually attended but "forgot". If the report didn't cause a ruckus in April 2006, why oh why is it so hell-fire important now? Two words - 2006 Election.
Once again the planless party has conjured up another little drama that is truly nothing. And how stupid could they be? The report actually reinforces WHY we cannot "cut and run" so it counters every single Democratic campaign platform. No wonder Pelosi wanted a "closed door session" - she knew her lifted and tucked booty was fixing to get a swift kick. Sometimes you just gotta wonder if Karl "puppetmaster" Rove doesn't set these things up. Damn - I guess that will be their next excuse. Another dreaded Rovian tactic - instead of just plain old BDS overload. And these people want to run our country? They can't even manage to get their Bush attacks right.