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September 11, 2007

Face It, Iraq Was All About 9/11


I had a little piece at C&L about three weeks ago speculating that the Democratic leadership would certainly be smart enough not to let the Administration have Petraeus testify on 9/11 and thereby exploit the fabulous opportunity to link the two together.

And what happened?

It was as simple a tactic as it was brilliant.  So, what did we get on the cover of  the NYT, WAPO and the LAT this AM?


Reading the anniversary front page, Iraq was about how we got just a little bogged down defending the terrorist attacks and trying to defeat that very stubborn al-Qaeda.  Fine points and the subtleties of scheduling aside, if people didn’t associate the two before, they will much more after today, and after the Petraeus show.

Thumbs up, Karl!

(image: Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times.  September 3, 2007. via

  • mdhatter

    9.13.02 – best. bag. ever.
    Totally spot on.

  • bob h

    Petraeus “urges” a course of action that he is obligated to carry out because he cannot do otherwise. Thanks for nothing.

  • tekel
  • PTate in FR

    9/13/02. Who would imagine that five years later, Bush would still be milking that cow! It is astonishing.

  • MonsieurGonzo

    justin raimondo: Surging Toward IRAN : “Amid all the back-and-forth between the administration and its critics about how to measure “progress” in Iraq, what gets lost is the question asked by Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) at the Petraeus-Crocker hearings:
    I have to ask this question: where is this going? … Are we going to continue to invest American blood and treasure at the same rate we are doing now. For what?
    The president said let’s buy time. Buy time? For what?

    …refuting this [Administration's] farrago of half-baked fantasies doesn’t require any special knowledge, only a basic understanding of the current situation in Iraq and a bit of common sense. For example, why would Shi’ite militias go after the Shi’ite government in Baghdad – when, in reality, they are the armed wings of the parties that make up that government?
    Even more egregious is the contention that “it is increasingly apparent to both Coalition and Iraqi leaders” that “Iran seeks to turn the Iraqi Special Groups into a Hezbollah-like force” to “fight a proxy war against the Iraqi state.”
    A proxy war is being fought in Iraq, but it isn’t one pitting the Iranians against the Iraqis:
    the U.S. is the proxy, fighting on behalf of Israel against Iran and Syria
    In answer to questions from the senators, Petraeus gave away the show when he bluntly stated, “We cannot win Iraq solely in Iraq.” Oh no, we have to conquer most of the rest of the Middle East, including Iran, Syria, and who-knows-where-else before we can even begin to talk about ‘winning’ in Iraq.
    I have emphasized… that nothing short of complete and immediate withdrawal from Iraq is going to avert a regional war in the Middle East, because that’s exactly what’s on the administration’s agenda. That’s what Bush and Petraeus are buying time for – what Norman Podhoretz calls World War IV.

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