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It’s Official

By Matthew Yglesias on September 24, 2006 at 9:54 am

"It’s Official"

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Not that it’s a genuine surprise to anyone at this point, but it seems the official National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq has concluded that “the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks.” Naturally, it also turns out that “the classified National Intelligence Estimate attributes a more direct role to the Iraq war in fueling radicalism than that presented either in recent White House documents or in a report released Wednesday by the House Intelligence Committee, according to several officials in Washington involved in preparing the assessment or who have read the final document.”

Consequently, for months and months the administration has reacted to the report not by trying to improve its policies, but rather by covering up the NIE. Same sorry old story, but it’s an absolute disaster for the country. Meanwhile, much of our press continues to identify national security “toughness” with stubborn refusal to see what’s lying right before everyone’s eyes: The invasion of Iraq has been a gigantic, years-long rolling catastrophe for American security.

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