Here’s the real problem with Bush’s "Victory in Iraq" strategy. We’re supposed to be fighting al Qaeda — they are the bad guys who pose a threat to us. Where’s the "Victory Against Al Qaeda" plan?
Sure, the Bush "Victory in Iraq" plan seeks to prevent al Qaeda from establishing a foothold in Iraq, but of course, al Qaeda never HAD a foothold there to begin with. Talk about a zero-sum game.
And in fact, many generals and experts believe that our efforts in Iraq have resulted in increasing al Qaeda membership, not decreasing it. And increasing it worldwide.
And while we are focusing on Iraq, Bush’s Iraq strategy does nothing to address getting rid of al Qaeda where it already does exist, which is throughout the world. As others have said, it’s like obsessing over one square of the chessboard.
Bush likes to say that Iraq is the "central front" in the war on terror, but is it? What connection did the London subway bombings, the Spain train bombings, the Bali nightblus bombings, or the Jordan wedding bombings have to do with Iraq? Zip, nada, nothing. Just like 9/11.
Sadly, it may take another attack on the United States to make many people realize two things: (1) we have all our eggs in one basket; and (2) it’s the wrong basket. I hope it doesn’t come down to that, but I fear it might.