It was a headline this morning that a certain leaked intelligence report stated that the war in Iraq has made things worse in the overall war on terror. Of course this is completely the opposite of everything the Bush administration has been saying the last three years of this war. The entire reason so many people bought into this "war" was because it was marketed as a vital part of the war on terror. We have been told over and over again, that to be safer, Iraq needs to be a free country. Well they are free and they have a new government. But we aren't any safer.
The report was put out by the National Intelligence Council in April. It is not a public document, but some crafty reporters at the New York Times brought out a very telling portion of the report. According to the report, "the war and the insurgency are the main recruiting vehicles for new Islamic extremists. The extremists communicate through various Islamic Web sites and share an ideology with al Qaeda." And while any American with a brain should not be surprised by this, it is now a potential weapon to use in the November election. And democrats are eating it up.
The party jumped at the chance to bring up the fact that this is just another one of the reasons not to vote republican. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was just one of the Congressional democrats to make a remark with this statement, "Press reports say our nation's intelligence services have confirmed that President Bush's repeated missteps in Iraq and his stubborn refusal to change course have made America less safe." Good point. Now do something about it.
But the point that is overlooked by both parties, both tired of hearing about the war, is they are the reason this war exist in the first place. It may have been the president's idea, but they all voted on it and they approved it. They didn't have to. But they did. So if Democrats think they are heading in the right direction by seizing this report as a triumph, they are badly mistaken. Both parties should be blamed for the contents of this report. It is both parties that have continued to support this war by approving funds and not passing measures to end it. The only direction either party can go is down. November should see to that.