Sunday, September 24, 2006

How long until the GOP attacks our intelligence agencies as unpatriotic terrorist sympathizers?

The New York Times is reporting this morning on the National Intelligence Estimate that concludes Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terror Threat. Glen Greenwald at Unclaimed Territory points out this report alone ought to dictate the outcome of the election if the Democrats would only run a non-stop commercial until November 7 with someone reading these four paragraphs from the beginning of the NYT's article (Greenwald'semphasis):
A stark assessment of terrorism trends by American intelligence agencies has found that the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks.

The classified National Intelligence Estimate attributes a more direct role to the Iraq war in fueling radicalism than that presented either in recent White House documents or in a report released Wednesday by the House Intelligence Committee, according to several officials in Washington involved in preparing the assessment or who have read the final document.

The intelligence estimate, completed in April, is the first formal appraisal of global terrorism by United States intelligence agencies since the Iraq war began, and represents a consensus view of the 16 disparate spy services inside government. Titled “Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States,’’ it asserts that Islamic radicalism, rather than being in retreat, has metastasized and spread across the globe.

The report “says that the Iraq war has made the overall terrorism problem worse,” said one American intelligence official.


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