Sunday, July 08, 2007

Under Your Bed And In Your Closet Too

They're everywhere, damn you! Everywhere! NYTimes (07.08.07), via Eschaton:
"As domestic support for the war in Iraq continues to melt away, President Bush and the United States military in Baghdad are increasingly pointing to a single villain on the battlefield: Al Qaeda.

Bush mentioned the terrorist group 27 times in a recent speech on Iraq at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. In West Virginia on the Fourth of July, he declared, 'We must defeat Al Qaeda in Iraq.'"

Seeing Al Qaeda Around Every Corner

"Why Bush and the military are emphasizing Al Qaeda to the virtual exclusion of other sources of violence in Iraq is an important story. So is the question of how well their version of events squares with the facts of a murky and rapidly changing situation on the ground."

"Middle East experts with whom I talked in recent days said that the heavy focus on Al Qaeda obscures a much more complicated situation on the ground — and perhaps a much more dangerous one around the world."

"'Nobody knows how many different Islamist extremist groups make up the insurgency' in Iraq, said Anthony H. Cordesman of the bipartisan Center for Strategic and International Studies. 'Even when you talk about Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, the idea of somehow it is the center of the insurgency is almost absurd.'"

Don't believe Tony? How about General Mike Maples, director of the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency, back in November, 2006: "'Attacks by terrorist groups like Al Qaeda in Iraq account for only a fraction of the insurgent violence.'"

Sigh. Poor George. It's so pathetic, what with him carrying on like this over and over and over.

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