Of all the lies that President Bush has told, none is larger nor has been told with greater frequency than
Despite the exertions of the White House and its right-wing lapdogs in the media and blogosphere to prove that canard in the five years since it replaced nonexistent WMD as the primary justification for the invasion, there is of course no evidence that Saddam Hussein’s
What there is substantial evidence of is that George Bush’s war has become the Wal-Mart of the global Islamic jihad, drawing an extraordinary range of terrorists and terrorist wannabes who make up a small, if significant, part of the insurgency. (That brings up another lie: That the bulk of the insurgency consists of non-Iraqis.)
Now comes word -- in retrospect an inevitable and predictable consequence of a wrongheaded war and botched occupation -- that the
Way to go Mr. President!
Reports the New York Times:
"Some of the fighters appear to be leaving as part of the waves of Iraqi refugees crossing borders that government officials acknowledge they struggle to control. But others are dispatched from
for specific missions. . . . . Iraq
"Estimating the number of fighters leaving
is at least as difficult as it has been to count foreign militants joining the insurgency. But early signs of an exodus are clear, and officials in the Iraq United Statesand the Middle East say the potential for veterans of the insurgency to spread far beyond is significant. Iraq
"Maj. Gen. Achraf Rifi, general director of the Internal Security Forces in
, said in a recent interview that 'if any country says it is safe from this, they are putting their heads in the sand'." Lebanon
Just last week, the beleaguered Lebanese Army found itself in a pitched battle against a militant group, Fatah al Islam, whose ranks include as many as 50 veterans of the war in Iraq.
President Bush, of course, is entirely to blame for this state of affairs because, quite simply, he has been in charge, has always said he knows best and has been deaf to advice, let alone criticism, that runs contrary to his mantra that those dastardly terrorists were a pre-existing problem in Iraq.