Wednesday, July 04, 2007

The decider decrees...

that the Iraq war is actually a war between us and Al-Qaeda. I looked in vain in the President's address before the West Virginia National Guard today for mention of Sunnis, Shiia or even slippery Iranians running the borders, but the war has now morphed into a struggle between the US and the people who attacked us on 9-11:

"t's a tough fight, but I wouldn't have asked those troops to go into harm's way if the fight was not essential to the security of the United States of America. (Applause.) Many of the spectacular car bombings and killings you see are as a result of al Qaeda -- the very same folks that attacked us on September the 11th. A major enemy in Iraq is the same enemy that dared attack the United States on that fateful day.

Al Qaeda hasn't given up its objectives inside Iraq. And that is to cause enough chaos and confusion so America would leave, and they would be able to establish their safe haven from which to do two things: to further spread their ideology; and to plan and plot attacks against the United States. If we were to quit Iraq before the job is done, the terrorists we are fighting would not declare victory and lay down their arms -- they would follow us here, home. If we were to allow them to gain control of Iraq, they would have control of a nation with massive oil reserves -- which they could use to fund new attacks and exhort economic blackmail on those who didn't kowtow to their wishes. However difficult the fight is in Iraq, we must win it -- we must succeed for our own sake; for the security of our citizens, we must support our troops, we must support the Iraqi government, and we must defeat al Qaeda in Iraq." (Applause.)

So what happened to the Badr brigade, the Sadr brigade, the Baathists and sundry insurgent groups? If the President is correct, should we maybe be looking for bin-Laden, the puppetmaster, in Baghdad rather than Islamabad?

I'm confused. I'm sure I am not alone.


Blogger United We Lay said...

You sure as hell aren't alone.

2:34 PM  
Blogger TomCat said...

The truth that Al Qaeda is a minor player in Iraq. Furthermore it is distinctly Sunni, so it will become even more minor in the Shia Theocracy that will eventually emerge.

4:03 PM  

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