The bulletin, which warned that bin Laden had enlisted Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, his senior operative in Iraq, to plan potential strikes in the United States, was described at the time as credible but not specific. It did not prompt the administration to raise its national terror alert level.
Bush, who is battling Democrats in Congress over spending for the unpopular war in Iraq, will highlight U.S. successes in foiling terrorist plots and use the intelligence to argue that terrorists remain a threat to Americans, said Frances Fragos Townsend, the White House homeland security adviser.
Sorry Francis, but the argument isn't that terrorists are not a threat, but that Bush has managed to create for himself a new terrorist playground by invading and then incompetently occupying Iraq.
And as this memo demonstrates, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
It's been well-known (and easily ascertained) that Bin Laden wants to use Iraq as Afghanistan was used against the Soviets. The fact that he "wants" this, is hardly evidence (a) that he can accomplish it without a willing and foolish American Accomplice; and (b) hardly a reason to dictate American policy.
He wants us there because he wants to kill Americans. It isn't that difficult. Now, if the media could find a way to lift a goddamn finger to point out this long-known fact, it would be nice.
But there's little hope that will happen.
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