Bush: our intelligence agencies report that Iraq fuels terror so we have to stay the course in Iraq
The correct conservative reaction to things like that leaked National Intelligence Estimate that says Iraq is fueling an increase in global terror is to deny reality. But the Bush administration is going in a different direction; they're taking the bull by the horns and releasing their own sections of the classified NIE.
Part of their more official leak is, again, a recitation of what we already know:
The Bush administration yesterday released portions of a classified intelligence estimate that says .... the war in Iraq has become a "cause celebre" for jihadists, breeding resentment of U.S. involvement in the Muslim world and drawing new adherents to the movement...Reading that, you might think the administration is catching up to the reality-based community, no doubt to the chagrin of folks like Charles Krauthammer and Bill Kristol. But, you'd be wrong:
The jihadist movement is potentially limited by its ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam and could be slowed by democratic reforms in the Muslim world.Just like Bush's democratization rhetoric! You know, the stuff that's never directed at Saudi Arabia, Egypt or any of the oil-producers in the Gulf.
But that's not all; here's the money quote, and the argument we'll hear from the right's echo chamber from now until the election: