Bush's Iraq Distraction Has Allowed Al Qaeda to Strenghten. Intelligence Chief Warns of Grave New Terror Threats to U.S.
It's a relatively small article, and it looks lost on The NY Times's bottom front page Wednesday amid all the political election coverage. The headline reads: Intelligence Chief Says Al Qaeda Improves Ability to Strike in U.S. And it's scary as all hell.
This is further confirmation of what anyone with a brain has known for several years now: that while President Bush has been recklessy squandering our precious financial and military resources on his misguided, irresponsible elective war in Iraq, our real enemy, the murderous bastards who killed thousands of our innocent citizens on 9-11-01, has been allowed to regroup and strengthen in the mountains of Pakistan, planning their next big attack here at home.
Mike McConnell, Director of National Intelligence, told a Senate panel on Tuesday that Al Qaeda head Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, still lead the terror organization and are promoting a new legion of lieutenants and are recruiting new militants, including Westerners (even Americans), with the goal of infiltrating the U.S and attacking domestic targets. Does this surprise anyone? The Iraq war, Bush's legacy, is the biggest military blunder in U.S. history, and has served as a colossal distraction from the war against terrorists. So, what should we expect from a nation that's taken its eye off the enemy? Chillingly, it's just a matter of time before Al Qaeda succeeds.
Senator John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has been a vocal critic of the Busheviks' miserable failure in Iraq: "The focus of America’s military forces and intelligence resources were mistakenly shifted from delivering a decisive blow against Al Qaeda, which is the enemy."
That Bush, his inept cronies, and the GOP in general have the audacity and arogance to tout themselves as the tough national security guys--better able to protect us from terror than the "wimpy" Democrats--is absurd and infuriating. Let's hope Democrats use this new testimony to showcase just how inept the Republican leadership has been in truly protecting America.