In tonight’s speech Bush misleads on the nature of the challenge we face in Iraq. Consider the following excerpt:
We are fighting against men with blind hatred – and armed with lethal weapons – who are capable of any atrocity. They wear no uniform; they respect no laws of warfare or morality. They take innocent lives to create chaos for the cameras. They are trying to shake our will in Iraq – just as they tried to shake our will on September 11, 2001.
We know that there are foreign fighters in Iraq who are only interested in creating chaos, but we also know that a good piece of the insurgency are in fact people who do not act out of “blind hatred,” but instead out of a very calculated political motive to gain power.
The administration clearly knows this because they are negotiating with the Sunni insurgents to bring them back into the power structure.