O?DONNELL: And, finally, the president has made the case that winning the war in Iraq is central to winning the war on terror and making sure that Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda cannot take?harm the United States. Is that true, if we win there, will that help?
SCHEUER: No, ma?am. The war in Iraq has broken the back of our counterterrorism effort. I?m not an expert on the threat posed by Saddam Hussein, but the invasion of Iraq has made sure this war will last decades ahead and it has transferred bin Laden and al Qaeda from being man and an organization into being a philosophy and a movement. We?ve really made sure that the war against us is going to be a long and very bloody one. Iraq was an absolutely disastrous decision.
If this is correct.... what words can even describe the heinousness of it. My hope had been that an Iraq that managed to become a reasonably stable, moderate (for the region) democracy might help counteract the radicalism/fundamentalism with another movement/offering for the people in that region. I think that was part of Bush's aim as well. Too bad it's probably ******** failed.
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