Consequences of Iraq War

Republicans must deal with the consequences of their choce to invade Iraq ...
source: Army Warns Rumsfeld Its Billions Short
The Army's top officer withheld a required 2008 budget plan from Pentagon leaders last month after protesting to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld that the service could not maintain its current level of activity in Iraq plus its other global commitments without billions in additional funding.
  ... and ...
source: intelligence reports that Campaign in Iraq has increased terrorism threat
An authoritative US intelligence report pooling the views of 16 government agencies concludes America's campaign in Iraq has increased the threat of terrorism.

The National Intelligence Estimate was completed in April but not made public. Its conclusions, which were first reported by the New York Times, contradict assertions made by President George Bush and White House officials during the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

... and hopefully losing control of the congress in the mid term election.

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  1. iraq
  2. elections
  3. politics

Comments


Mark de LA says
It's not suprising that you have your perspective if you read the Saudi Arabian cartoon page of this newspaper. Anyway permit me to shed some light on your detritus from John S Pritchett.
The intelligence report is old news from April.  I like how the NY times selectively decides to disclose Classified Information - you can tell it's political season.




Seth says
M 2006-09-25 13:41:16 4507
The intelligence report is old news from April.  I like how the NY times selectively decides to disclose Classified Information - you can tell it's political season.
Actually it was just made public.  The point is that it  contradicts what Bush said in his 9-11 speech: "The world is safer because Saddam Hussein is no longer in power."  You can squirm all you want about the meta-argumentation, but the real consequences are what they are.  Bush created more terriorism than he eliminated.  That is what the experts in the intelligence commenity as saying, that is what other eye witnessess are saying, and that is what the daily incidents of bombings in the news are saying.  Btw, i heard recently somewhere (sorry if your interested i can dig up the reference) where Al Queda is moving to Iraq. 

Mark de LA says
seth 2006-09-25 14:05:06 4507
M 2006-09-25 13:41:16 4507
The intelligence report is old news from April.  I like how the NY times selectively decides to disclose Classified Information - you can tell it's political season.
Actually it was just made public.  The point is that it  contradicts where Bush said in his 9-11 speech "The world is safer because Saddam Hussein is no longer in power."  You can squirm all you want, the consequences are what they are.
They said on the radio this morning that it is a repeat of a story from april. I will look for that reference later. The NY times is trying to vie for the spot of discovering an October Suprise. I am also looking for the entire classified document that some have been quoting from. But here is another perspective:


Mark de LA says
credit the cartoon here: uri http://www.pritchettcartoons.com/times.htm

Seth says
M 2006-09-25 14:11:45 4507
I am also looking for the entire classified document that some have been quoting from. 
Yes, please do ... it is always useful to have the original text (which i hear is no longer classified) in front of us for analysis.  I don't know why more of these news stories do not hyper-link to it.  And, btw, the point is not the leak, the point is the truth of the report.  The leak is a distraction from dealing with the real substance ... it is what i have termed "meta-argumentation" ... arguing about knowing rather than applying knowledge.

Strangely enough even i predicted that Bush's invasion of Iraq wuould create more terrorism than it would ever prevent.  I predicted that during the run up to the war.  Too bad i was not politically blogging at the time. 

Mark de LA says
We need some of those tools from 4503 - perhaps they have a bullshit detector.
The point is that NYTimes printed hearsay from others - look at how many times they point to unsourced statements & summaries of unsourced statements. They do NOT have the document.

Seth says
Perhaps the NIE report has not been declassified yet.  Sorry for the sloppy reading.  Here is the NYT story from yesterday which got this whole thing going again

Seth says
Bush to declassify parts of leaked intelligence report ... whether this is good news for democrats is tbd. 

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