Just a Reminder

Iraq insurgency in ‘last throes,’ Cheney says

That was on Monday, June 20, 2005.

"America will be safer in the long run when Iraq, and Afghanistan as
well, are no longer safe havens for terrorists or places where people
can gather and plan and organize attacks against the United States," he

Not that he would want anyone to think that the Iraqis had anything to do with 9/11, mind you.

Anyway, today is March 1, 2006, and here’s where we are now.

People across the world overwhelmingly believe the war in Iraq has
increased the likelihood of terrorist attacks worldwide, a poll for the
BBC reveals.

And it isn’t just the polls.

"A civil war in Iraq could lead to a broader conflict in the Middle East, pitting the
region’s rival Islamic sects against each other, National Intelligence
Director John Negroponte said in an unusually frank assessment Tuesday.

chaos were to descend upon Iraq or the forces of democracy were to be
defeated in that country … this would have implications for the rest
of the Middle East region and, indeed, the world," Negroponte said. (More)

It looks like Cheney’s ability to predict the end of the insurgency isn’t much better than his shooting.


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