Evan Bayh’s doing an excellent job of homing in on the fact that the Intelligence Community regards the principle threat to the United States as emanating from Central Asia, making it rather perverse for us to be dedicating five times the level of resources to Iraq. He also wins huge plaudits from me for mentioning, in response to something Ambassador Crocker said, that “I would only caution us not to take our marching orders from Osama bin Laden.”
Exactly so. It’s really lunatic of hawks to keep citing OBL’s desire to fight us in Iraq as a reason for us to fight him in Iraq. He likes the fight in Iraq because it’s favorable terrain for his cause and his propaganda and lets him pose as the defender of the Arab world against American domination. They’re suggesting we act like bulls running at the toreador’s cape.