I've read the dreaded "Declassified Key Judgments of the National Intelligence Estimate 'Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States" from April 2006. All I can say is whoever leaked this report and framed it in a damning indictment against the Bush Administration needs to be strung up by the neck until dead.
Let's see - the report starts out with this statement:
"United States-led counterterrorism efforts have seriously damaged the leadership of al-Qa'ida and disrupted its operations..."
Is that bad news? Only if you are a Democrat or Jihadist or terrorist supporter.
The report actually encourages the United States to continue to assist in building "responsive political systems in Muslim majority nations". That along with targeting the jihadists could erode support for the terrorists.
Is that damning? Only if you are a Democrat or Jihadist or terrorist supporter.
What are the four underlying factors fueling the spread of the jihadist movement and exploited by the terrorists?
1. Entrenched griveances, such as corruption, injustice and fear of Western domination
2. the Iraq "Jihad"
3. the slow pace of real and sustained economic, social and political reforms in many Muslim majority nations
4. Pervasive anti-US sentiment among most Muslims
The report probably should have included the pervasive anti-US sentiment among Americans as one of the influential factors in the spread of terrorism.
What about those that claim that the war on terrorism will only be a victory if we get Bin Laden?
"Countering the spread of the jihadist movement will require coordinated multilateral efforts that go well beyond operations to capture or kill terrorist leaders."
Yes the report states that the Iraq jihad is shaping a new generation of terrorist leaders and operatives. But the politically motivated "Get Bush" leak left out this one little very important part...
"Should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves, and be perceived, to have failed, we judge fewer fighters will be inspired to carry on the fight."
For those that are having a hard time grasping the concept - that means if we leave without finishing the job, we will hand the terrorists a victory - just like when we cut and ran from Somalia.
So is that damning? Only if you are Charlie Rangel who bleated today that if Dems get control of Congress, Iraq War funding will be cut off. Only if you are John "cut and run" Murtha. Only if you are Ted Kennedy, Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, John Kerry, etc who have based their entire opinion on the Iraq war on the "Must Make Bush Lose" theory. Or if you are a jihadist or a terrorist supporter.
So now try to convince me that this leaked piece from the NIE was not a political manuever. No matter how you try to spin it or cover your leaking ass, you cannot escape the truth. The DNC attempted to pull another early October surprise and it has turned around and bit them in the butt. Add that to Bill's purple faced "Wag the Finger" moment and the "George Allen used the "n-word" 30 years ago" recovered memories of a couple of operatives and you've got the perfect recipe for another November loss for the Left.
UPDATE: As if the NIE wasn't bad enough for the Dems, now we have a speech from Iraqi President Talabani today. Here's a snip of what he said...
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said that the US military presence in Iraq keeps neighbors from invading his country.
"The American presence has always prevented any kind of foreign invasion to Iraq," Talabani said.
"That's one of the main reasons why we think that we need an American presence, even symbolical, in the country to prevent our neighbors attacking us," he said at a forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Washington think thank.
The immediate departure of coalition forces would only unleash the terrorists," Talabani said. "I cannot promise when or how the American presence will completely end in Iraq but I can promise that American soldiers do not fight in vain."
Goes right along with the NIE report. That has gotta hurt...