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June 28, 2005

Iraq and 9/11

The extent to which Rove’s outburst is just one part of a coordinated administration effort to re-link Iraq with 9/11 is illustrated by Scott McClellan’s comments to CNN:

“The president made it clear after September 11 that some will want us to grow complacent and forget about, or put the attacks off as a distant memory. But it does require patience and resolve to see this struggle through to the end. We have no option but to defeat the terrorists, and the terrorists will be defeated.”

And from pre-released excerpts from Bush’s Fort Bragg speech tonight:

“The work in Iraqis difficult and dangerous. Like most Americans, I see the images of violence and bloodshed. Every picture is horrifying – and the suffering is real. Amid all this violence, I know Americans ask the question: Is the sacrifice worth it? It is worth it, and is vital to the future security of our country.”

Well, no, it isn’t, because Iraq has nothing to do with 9/11, nothing at all. Rove claimed that “conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war,” but as I wrote a few days ago:

[T]hey prepared for the wrong war, conjuring up bogus reasons to invade a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, a country that Bush had wanted an excuse to invade since as early as 1999, a country with a tin-pot dictator who precisely matched the conservatives’ need for a new enemy—a need that was rooted in the self-destruction of the Soviet bloc, not 9/11.

But Bush—in more from his as-yet unspoken speech—keeps making the connection:

“The terrorists can kill the innocent – but they cannot stop the advance of freedom. The only way our enemies can succeed is if we forget the lessons of September 11 ... if we abandon the Iraqi people to men like Zarqawi ... and if we yield the future of the Middle East to men like Bin Laden … We will not allow our future to be determined by car bombers and assassins.”

Iraq isn’t about America’s future or Bin Laden. It has no impact on our future or Bin Laden. Bin Laden and his top militants remain free, and in Iraq we’ve provided them with a new training camp. The threat of another terrorist attack on American soil remains as high as ever. Nothing has changed—except that 1,738 U.S. soldiers have sacrificed their lives, countless others have been maimed, and 100,000+ innocent Iraqis are dead.

And all for nothing. Zip.

NOTE: Updated Bush quotes.

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