Al Qaeda is the main enemy to peace and stability in the Middle East and the terrorist group is seeking to acquire -- and use -- weapons of mass destruction there, a top U.S. commander in Iraq told Congress.
If that is the case, then why did we take forces away from the fight against Al Qaeda, and move them into Bush's folley in Iraq?
In 2002, troops from the 5th Special Forces Group who specialize in the Middle East were pulled out of the hunt for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan to prepare for their next assignment: Iraq. Their replacements were troops with expertise in Spanish cultures.
The CIA, meanwhile, was stretched badly in its capacity to collect, translate and analyze information coming from Afghanistan. When the White House raised a new priority, it took specialists away from the Afghanistan effort to ensure Iraq was covered.
These assets and much more were taken away from the action against Al Qaeda, and moved to Iraq. Now they claim that Al Qaeda is a dire threat.
Newflash - That is only because you fools made the choice to stop fighting them, and start to fight Saddam.
Now, Bush's administration is trying to rebuild support for their programs, including the war. Now it is time to start to talk of Bin Laden, mushroom clouds and bio-weapons. No doubt, it will soon be time to start to play with terror status lights.
The plain truth is, this administration has screwed up it efforts in Afghanistan, made the choice to start another war that has us bogged down, and now is trying to scare the population back into line.
The sad truth is, it may work.