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June 22, 2005

Flypaper or Training Ground

The Bush Administration sometimes says that Iraq allows us to fight the terrorists overseas rather than here at home.  Or maybe we are just training them better for that domestic assault:

A new classified assessment by the Central Intelligence Agency says Iraq may prove to be an even more effective training ground for Islamic extremists than Afghanistan was in Al Qaeda's early days, because it is serving as a real-world laboratory for urban combat.

The assessment, completed last month and circulated among government agencies, was described in recent days by several Congressional and intelligence officials. The officials said it made clear that the war was likely to produce a dangerous legacy by dispersing to other countries Iraqi and foreign combatants more adept and better organized than they were before the conflict.

On every level, the Iraq war has been a fiasco.  Torture has discredited US human rights advocacy, American deaths continue to mount, and terrorists seem to gain strength by the day. 

Posted by Nathan at June 22, 2005 12:35 AM