Friday, February 18, 2005

Washpost: "War Helps Recruit Terrorists, Hill Told"

In yesterday's Washington Post, they report the CIA and DIA paint less than rosy pictures of the results of invading Iraq and its effect on the "War on Terror".

The head of DIA and my former boss when I worked at JICPAC, Hawaii in the mid-90's, VADM Jacoby had this to say:

"Our policies in the Middle East fuel Islamic resentment," Vice Adm. Lowell E. Jacoby, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told the Senate panel. "Overwhelming majorities in Morocco, Jordan and Saudi Arabia believe the U.S. has a negative policy toward the Arab world."

Jacoby said the Iraq insurgency has grown "in size and complexity over the past year" and is now mounting an average of 60 attacks per day, up from 25 last year. Attacks on Iraq's election day last month reached 300, he said, double the previous one-day high of 150, even though transportation was virtually locked down.

Meanwhile Rumsfeld prefers the "rosy scenario":

"My job in the government is not to be the principal intelligence officer and try to rationalize differences between the Iraqis, the CIA and the DIA," Rumsfeld testified. "I see these reports. Frankly, I don't have a lot of confidence in any of them."

So, we march forward, with the civilian Neocons in control, ignoring the military expertise we've built over decades of experience, continuing ill-conceived policies doomed to failure.

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