May 12, 2005

THEY WERE FINISHED BY NOON ON 9-11:

War in Iraq looks like last stand for al Qaeda (Rowan Scarborough, 5/11/05, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

The war in Iraq is increasingly looking more like a showdown with Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda followers than a battle primarily against Saddam Hussein loyalists.

The shift is making the fight a focal point of the U.S. global war against Islamic terrorists and one that might dictate whether the U.S. wins or loses, said a senior official and an outside expert.

"If they fail in Iraq, Osama and his whole crew are finished," said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney, a military author and analyst.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 12, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

I seem to remember Bush getting criticized for calling the war in Iraq partly a "flypaper" strategy.

Another similar news item recently said most of the suicide bombers were not Iraqis.

For a moron, its amazing how much he gets right.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at May 12, 2005 7:24 AM

Bush never used the term 'flypaper' to describe the strategy, but it was clearly part of the strategic calculations.

Posted by: JAB at May 12, 2005 9:25 AM

The WoT is no more about fighting Al-Queda than WW II was about just fighting the Waffen SS. States that support terror and build nukes are where the rubber meets the road. We can kill every man in Al-Queda save a few and all it takes is one of them to kill thousands. Too bad the media has made Al-Queda the end all for this entire conflict.

Posted by: BJW at May 12, 2005 10:26 AM

Saudi Arabia and Wahhabism are the primary enemy in the WOT, not al-Qaeda which as BJW states correctly is no more than its Waffen SS. The WOT involves weaning ourselves and civilization off of Middle East oil, closing the madrassas that teach terrorism and forcibly expelling the Islamists from our midst.

Posted by: bart at May 12, 2005 10:54 AM
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