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How the US is breeding its enemies for its war on terror... You can't fight alone, can you? The war on democracy in Iraq has been the more successful one so far...
"Iraq has replaced Afghanistan as the training ground for the next generation of "professionalized" terrorists, according to a report released yesterday by the National Intelligence Council, the CIA director's think tank. Iraq provides terrorists with "a training ground, a recruitment ground, the opportunity for enhancing technical skills," said David B. Low, the national intelligence officer for transnational threats." If you want to read on: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6823913/
More MSM editorializing from the WAPO. Quelle surprise! As usual, the Liberal press completely misrepresents the nature of the report, cherry-picking whatever sentences they can unearth which might be construed out of context as supporting their agenda, all the while hoping none of their readers will actually read the report they are "summarizing".
Yesterday, I expressed disappointment with the CIA's National Intelligence Council "2020" report on the ground that it was banal and uninformative. As I mentioned yesterday, the report is broadly supportive of the administration's foreign policy in Iraq and elsewhere in the region. But a number of newspapers, including the Washington Post, have jumped on a sentence or two in the report to try to twist the report into a condemnation of the administration's Iraq policy.
Reader Andy Kellen gets the floor to rebut the Post:
Quote: Like you, I found the report to be strikingly unremarkable. What I did find somewhat remarkable, however, was the Washington Post's blatant misrepresentation of the contents of the report in its front page article "Iraq New Terror Breeding Ground."
The gist of this thinly-disguised editorial is that the new report refutes most of the administrations arguments for going into Iraq. Unfortunately for the WaPo, their reporting isn't on a leaked confidential report, but on a readily-available public document. Imagine my surprise when I looked at the actual report and found that:
1. The report isn't based on any new intelligence. It merely provides a high-level analysis of global trends. 2. The report gives only scant mention to Iraq. I counted 8 times in the entire 119-page report. 3. The report never refers to Iraq as a "breeding ground," for terrorism. The closest it comes is the speculation that "Iraq and other possible conflicts in the future could provide recruitment, training grounds, technical skills and language proficiency for a new class of terrorists who are 'professionalized' and for whom political violence becomes an end in itself." (p. 94) 4. Although the WaPo article doesn't mention anything in the report that would tend to argue in favor of the Iraq operation, there are a number of such items. For example: "Success in establishing a working democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan?and democratic consolidation in Indonesia?would set an example for other Muslim and Arab states, creating pressures for change." (p. 75)
The closest the report comes to the WaPo's headline about Iraq being a "breeding ground" for terrorism is the not-so-profound observation that the terrorists who survive the conflict in Iraq will emerge more proficient. But the idea that we should avoid any action that leaves some terrorists better trained (even if it leaves most of them dead) isn't an argument against the Iraq operation -- it's an argument against ever confronting terrorists anywhere.
Which, I suppose, is exactly what the Post would like to see.
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