Thursday, February 17, 2005

The chickens come home to roost

Well, those of us in the conservative movement who had our doubts about the effectiveness of war in Irag were vindicated yesterday when CIA director Porter Goss told the Senate select committee on Intelligence "The Iraq conflict, while not a cause of extremism, has become a cause for extremists." In other words, Goss is admitting that the conflict in Iraq is stoking the terrorist fire.

I don't want anyone to misintrepret what I am saying here. I strongly support our troops in Iraq, and I believe that what was began there needs to be seen through to both a just and a victorious conclusion. However, before this war began, liberals weren't the only ones complaining that the war might be a problem. The left won't fight even when it is right to do so, but no heed was paid either in the White House or Congress to the fact that many conservatives thought that the war had all of the earmarks of a quagmire. Many of us warned that a war in Iraq, rather than bring about a victory against terrorists, would give our enemies more of a reason to fight.

Much good has been accomplished in Iraq, including elections and the foundation of a free government. (We would do well to remember, however, that the new government will be primarily a Shia Muslim one, and Shia governments have traditionally been very anti-American, see Iran.) What's more, now that the war has occurred we simply cannot afford to withdraw from Iraq unilaterally. The primary goal of the United States, however, has yet to be met. The stated purpose for invading Iraq was that such an invasion would help defeat terrorism. If Porter Goss is to be believed, the very existence of the war is aiding and abeting the enemy, just as many of us warned.

I hate to say "I told you so," but a whole lot of people did just that.


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