In One Eye

Monday, July 11, 2005
With the London bombings, it seems to me that the tenor of the criticism of the Bushies' ill-begotten invasion and occupation has changed—or, at least, it's become more strident. (My memory is that Josh Marshall was trying to make the following case more than a year ago.)

The bell that many are now ringing sounds like this: Contrary to the Bushies' claim that the invasion would diminish (if not eliminate) violence, it actually has created more (see the RAND item below). Bob Herbert in this morning's New York Times pretty much synthesizes the argument when he says
The C.I.A. warned the administration in a classified report in May that Iraq - since the American invasion in 2003 - had become a training ground in which novice terrorists were schooled in assassinations, kidnappings, car bombings and other terror techniques. The report said Iraq could prove to be more effective than Afghanistan in the early days of Al Qaeda as a place to train terrorists who could then disperse to other parts of the world, including the United States.

Larry Johnson, a former C.I.A. analyst who served as deputy director of the State Department's counterterrorism office, said on National Public Radio last week: "You now in Iraq have a recruiting ground in which jihadists, people who previously were not willing to go out and embrace the vision of bin Laden and Al Qaeda, are now aligning themselves with elements that have declared allegiance to him. And in the course of that, they're learning how to build bombs. They're learning how to conduct military operations."
Needless to say, the Bushies will continue to state that all is well, but the London episode shows just how vulnerable people are world-wide and how resolved (one of GI George's favorite terms) the anti-westerners are.