Here’s an example of how Republicans try to defend the war by making an irrelevant point.
”I think it’s obvious that the difficulties we’ve experienced in Iraq have certainly emboldened” terrorist groups, Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican, said on the CBS News program “Face the Nation.”
“But I would also argue that these people didn’t need any motivation to attack us on Sept. 11,” he said.
Excuse me Senator, but that wasn’t the issue, was it? The issue at hand isn’t about Al Qaeda’s motivations heading into 9/11 or how Iraq has "emboldened" them, but rather whether or not Iraq has created more terrorists and made the war against those terrorists more difficult. Since McCain can't defend the war, he resorts to spin that feeds into the "Good America against Bad Islam" battle of the civilizations storyline that Rove is peddling. But thanks for attempting a diversion anyway. With every inane comment like this, you will be making it easier for your Democratic opponent in 2008 to kick sand in your face.
Oh, and Mr. Negroponte, nice try. The question isn’t whether or not the NIE dealt entirely with Iraq, or the “fraction of judgments” in the overall report that dealt with Iraq, but whether or not Iraq has created more terrorists and made the war against those terrorists more difficult. You too, have failed in your diversion attempt. You can go back to your cigar breaks at the club now, for all the value you have added to our terrorist fighting capabilities.
And as a bonus feature, Bush and Cheney still want to ignore that Iraq has spawned more terrorists and instead they want to mislead the American people into thinking that Iraq has made us safer. The bigger question is whether or not Bush, Cheney, or any senior Republican in Congress has read the five-month old NIE as they try and spin us that Iraq has made us safer.
For that matter Senator McCain, have you read the NIE?