A few quotes from the declassifed NIE the Dems won’t like to hear (or the agenda journalists – though I doubt they’ll report these in any meaningful way):
United States-led counterterrorism efforts have seriously damaged the leadership of al-Qa’ida and disrupted its operations;
(that’s the very first line of the report by the way)
Greater pluralism and more responsive political systems in Muslim majority nations would alleviate some of the grievances jihadists exploit.
Now who is it that has been talking so much about the importance of bringing democracy to the middle east…….hang on….it’ll come to me.
We assess that the Iraq jihad is shaping a new generation of terrorist leaders and operatives; perceived jihadist success there would inspire more fighters to continue the struggle elsewhere.
So, leaving Iraq before the job is done would be a ……. bad thing?
The jihadists greatest vulnerability is that their ultimate political solution an ultra-conservative interpretation of shari a-based governance spanning the Muslim world is unpopular with the vast majority of Muslims. Exposing the religious and political straitjacket that is implied by the jihadists propaganda would help to divide them from the audiences they seek to persuade.
So I guess denying or minimizing the existence of the threat, rather than “exposing” it, is also………..a bad thing?
Sorry for the sarcasm, but I couldn’t resist.
Welcome Wizbang! readers. Please have a look around. We have segment transcripts from Fox News today featuring one who says he didn’t read the NIE report but all the reports he’s read say…. and Terry McAuliffe stating “…when Chris asked the question, he asked it, as you know, as an accusation.” You have to read it and you still won’t believe it…