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June 30, 2005

Iraq

Writing about web page http://slate.msn.com/id/2121689/

…in the first part of the speech Bush argued quite well that Iraq, as it stands now, is worth a fight. Yes, it was disingenuous and offensive for Bush to stand there and say with a straight face, "Terrorists want to attack our country and kill our citizens, and Iraq is where they are making their stand." After all, terrorists came to Iraq only after Bush invaded it, then failed to secure it, practically inviting jihadists across the region to come perfect their bomb-making talents against the American infidels.

If Bush is actually more intelligent than he is generally given credit for, then this could actually have been seen as a reasonably smart, if Pyrrhic, strategy.

After all, surely it is better for America if all the terrorists are attracted to Iraq, where they attack American military and Iraqi civilian targets, rather than having them living in New Jersey planning attacks on American civilian targets. It may create more terrorists, but America's never been too bothered by terror attacks in other countries. After all, read Bush's quote:

"Terrorists want to attack our country and kill our citizens, and Iraq is where they are making their stand."

So they're making a stand in Iraq as their way of attacking America and American citizens. Kind of handy if you're an American 10,000 miles away.

I'm not saying it's nice, or true, but it made me think.


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