by David Phinney
Thursday June 21st 2018

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A Meeting of Minds: Fighting them (and us) ‘Over There’

President Bush’s repeatedly argues that it’s better to fight terrorists in Iraq than wait for them to attack the United States again. He also claims that al-Qaeda wants to “drive us out” of Iraq. However, U.S. intelligence intercepted an internal al-Qaeda communique that al-Qaeda has us just where it wants us — stuck in Iraq.
The letter written by senior al-Qaeda operative Atiyah Abd al-Rahman claims that “prolonging the war is in our interest.” Few ever challenged President Bush with this new finding, which was translated and analyzed by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.
Consortium News posts the relevant excerpt at as well as the entire letter.
Of course, even the CIA has suggested that the war in Iraq is a great training ground and recruitment poster for terrorists bent on fighting the United States.

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One Response to “A Meeting of Minds: Fighting them (and us) ‘Over There’”

  1. Angelica says:

    Ummm Actually, we already won the war. The war was about oitnehowvrg the then current Iraqi government. We defeated their armies (without even facing the majority of it.) We captured or killed all of its leaders. Killed some of them after we captured them. And took over the country from them.We won the war. What we haven’t won is the peace. After taking over the country, we faced sporadic insurgents. That insurgency has grown to a full blown civil war. However, since we installed a puppet government, that insurgency isn’t against us, its against the installed puppet government. Our involvement in it has to do with protecting the puppet government.Since our stated goal, post war, was to have the Iraqi’s decide their government, defending the now current government is outside of those stated goals. We have allowed a muddling of what it is to win a war. If our end goal was to absorb Iraq into the territorial boundaries of the United States, our mission of suppressing the will of the people would be correct. Since that was not (atleast not publicly by the Bush Admin) the government’s goal and not the U.S. population’s goal our troops are fighting a policing action to prop up a puppet government that lacks the support of its people (kinda sounds familiar.)

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