I heard a good obser…
I heard a good observation from one of Bill Bennett’s guys on his morning talk show (either Jeff or Seth, I forget which one). He first noted the recent report about an al-Qaeda internal memorandum that got intercepted.

Senior U.S. intelligence officials call a letter from al Qaeda’s No. 2 man to its leader in Iraq “chilling” because of how “calm, clear and well argued” it is in urging preparation for a U.S. departure from Iraq.

This was from Ayman al-Zawahiri to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who had lived in Iraq at least a year before the war. Bennett’s guy noted this point, since those who didn’t want Iraq to be liberated contended that there were no terrorists in Iraq. Further, at the time Colin Powell was making the case for war with Iraq, analysts thought that the two organizations–al-Qaeda and Zarqawi’s group–were rivals, and thus claims that Hussein was courting bin Laden were false.

But let’s remember first that this is the Global War on Terror, not just on al-Qaeda., and terrorists were in Iraq long before we got there (and don’t forget Abu Nidal). Secondly, this very high-level collaboration in “calm, clear” language doesn’t sound like one rival to another.

The liberation of Iraq was the right thing to do, the snookering of the entire world on the WMD situation notwithstanding.

(Cross-posted at Stones Cry Out. Comments welcome.)

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