Cheat-Seeking Missles

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Quotes Of The Day: Lying MSM Edition

Should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves, and be perceived, as having failed, we judge fewer fighters will be inspired to carry on the fight. The jihadists regard Europe as an important venue for attacking Western interests.

Concomitant vulnerabilities in the jihadist movement have emerged that, if fully exposed and exploited, could begin to slow the spread of the movement.

Anti-US and anti-globalization sentiment is on the rise and fueling other radical ideologies. This could prompt some leftist, nationalist, or separatist groups to adopt terrorist methods to attack US interests.

-- Declassified Key Judgments of the NIE, April 2006

The National Intelligence Estimate summary released today, although barely four pages long, contains much more meaningful information than all the Sunday stories based on the NIE leak combined.

The take-away on reading the entire document is that the jihadist threat is real, diverse and possibly firing other radical terrorist movements, that it does have vulnerabilities, and that winning in Iraq is an essential containment strategy. The articles Sunday said nothing about any of this, nor did they cover Syria and Iran's role in instigating terror, which is clearly stated in the report.

All in all, the report is a resounding confirmation of the soundness of the Bush strategy. Like the war in Iraq or not, it's sucking in the jihadists, concentrating them like nowhere else in the world, and giving us the chance to give them a psychological drubbing ... if Kerry, Murtha et. al. don't get in and screw things up.

The NYT, WaPo, LAT, AP and others who propagated Sunday's dreadful story have been hoisted on their own petards. They knew from the experience gained from previous leaks too many to number that the leaked information they received was partial, biased and agenda-driven. Since they are biased, agenda-driven and not even partially ethical, they ran with with it.

What price will they pay? Whatever it is, it will be too little.

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