The most important thing is that you continue in your jihad in Iraq, and that you be patient and forbearing, even in weakness, and even with fewer operations; even if each day had half of the number of current daily operations, that is not a problem, or even less than that. So, do not be hasty. The most important thing is that the jihad continues with steadfastness and firm rooting, and that it grows in terms of supporters, strength, clarity of justification, and visible proof each day. Indeed, prolonging the war is in our interest, with God’s permission.
This summer, Bush administration officials repeatedly justified their Iraq policy by pointing to al Qaeda propaganda. One example of many:
DAN BARTLETT: So, it doesn’t matter what we say. We should be taking the — the words of the enemy seriously. They think [Iraq is] the fight of the war on terror, so, we must as well. [8/31/06]
Will the White House change its tune now that al Qaeda has endorsed “stay the course”?