Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Dubya maladministration logic

From a scathing Washington Post article:
Briefing reporters yesterday, Frances Fragos Townsend, Bush's homeland security adviser, took issue with the suggestion that the president had ignored warnings from the intelligence community that attacking Iraq would stimulate al-Qaeda's drive for recruits and influence.

"You're assuming it's a zero-sum game, which is what I don't understand," Townsend said. "The fact is, we were harassing them in Afghanistan, we're harassing them in Iraq, we're harassing them in other ways, non-militarily, around the world. And the answer is, every time you poke the hornet's nest, they are bound to come back and push back on you. That doesn't suggest to me that we shouldn't be doing it."

I'd say that it's a good thing that Townsend's title doesn't include the word "intelligence" anywhere in it. That would be a misnomer. And, just as a FYI, don't go to any picnics with her....

Speaking of non-zero-sum games, was she suggesting that the Iraqi misadventure was good for Dubya, and good for bin Laden? Ummmm, let me think about that one.....

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