From our new guest-blogger Paco in Glencove
The war in Iraq has made the world a more dangerous place and now the spies agree with the generals, not that they didn't before.
As you've probably heard, the spies released another National Intelligence Estimate, the contents of which are just now becoming public. This document was released in April but is only coming to the light of day.
(The Key Judgments are now declassified and can be found at this link)
"...we had too much ''head in the sand'' policy toward Iraq over the period of 10 years." October 2, 2002 Peter King
The saddest part of this idea is that what is occuring today in Iraq, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf and George H.W. Bush predicted would happen in 1991 if we "finished the job" as Mr. King thinks we should have. He would have Long Islanders believe that those that actually won last century's war, were wrong in the way it was conducted. But the facts don't bear that out.
"...we'd be like a dinosaur in a tar pit, we could not have gotten out and we'd still be the occupying power and we'd be paying one hundred percent of all the costs to administer all of Iraq." Gen. Schwarzkopf 1992
Proving again that the Generals were never listened to.
"Whose life would be on my hands as the commander-in-chief because I, unilaterally, went beyond the international law, went beyond the stated mission, and said we're going to show our macho? We're going into Baghdad. We're going to be an occupying power -- America in an Arab land -- with no allies at our side. It would have been disastrous." George H.W. Bush. (DADDY)
These statistics on terrorist activity, through 2005, were published in the State Department's annual report on terrorism (Patterns of Global Terrorism).
Notice anything ummm, unusual??
"We have to support the goal, we have to support the end, and the end is the elimination of weapons of mass destruction."
Peter King 2002.
Once again we are watching Peter King trying to ignore bad news that the intelligence community is obligated to tell the President and the Congress. The willful ignorance of Mr. King and the rest of the Congressional enablers is creating a more dangerous world. Instead of taking the bull by the horns and confronting the issue, it is Peter King and company that are burying their heads in the sand.