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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

NIE released - Dems and NYT didn't tell us the whole story

Case in point is the first bullet point on page two of the declassified version of the National Intelligence Estimate from last April:
The Iraq conflict has become the "cause celebre" for jihadists, breeding a deep resentment of US involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for the global jihadist movement. Should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves, and be perceived, to have failed, we judge fewer fighters will be inspired to carry on the fight.

To claim that the first two bullet points on page one are tied directly to Iraq seems a bit of a stretch:
  • Although we cannot measure the extent of the spread with precision, a large body of all-source reporting indicates that activists identifying themselves as jihadists, although a small percentage of Muslims, are increasing in both number and geographic dispersion.
  • If this trend continues, threats to US interests at home and abroad will become
    more diverse, leading to increasing attacks worldwide.

  • These would seem to pertain today, on Sept. 10, 2001, and all the way back through the 1972 Olympics.

    Perhaps Pres. Bush was right to release this version of the document. It is always good to see what hasn't been reported.

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