Senator Bob Graham has made an even stronger charge: that Al Qaeda was “on the ropes” a year ago, but was able to recover because the administration diverted military and intelligence resources to Iraq. As former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he’s in a position to know. And before you dismiss him as a partisan Democrat, bear in mind that when he began raising this alarm last fall his Republican colleagues supported him: “He’s absolutely right to be concerned,” said Senator Richard Shelby, who has seen the same information.
Senator Graham also claims that a classified Congressional report reveals that “the lessons of Sept. 11 are not being applied today,” and accuses the administration of a cover-up.
Still, we defeated Saddam. Doesn’t that make us safer? Well, no.
Saddam wasn’t a threat to America he had no important links to terrorism, and the main U.S. team searching for weapons of mass destruction has packed up and gone home. Meanwhile, true to form, the Bush team lost focus as soon as the TV coverage slackened off. The first result was an orgy of looting including looting of nuclear waste dumps that, incredibly, we failed to secure. Dirty bombs, anyone? Now, according to an article in The New Republic, armed Iraqi factions are preparing for civil war.