Monday, May 12, 2008

Idiot neocons still ignore intelligence

On Saturday, Gabriel Schoenfeld, senior editor at Commentary, wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal which shows just how little attention neocons really pay to the intelligence community, as well as the depths to which they'll stoop. The article is basically a long piece trying to suggest that terrorists want to help Barack Obama win. It's the usual tripe, of course, but I just couldn't let one part go. Schoenfeld writes:
In 2004, Osama bin Laden's television appearance only a weekend before the presidential election may have been a naked attempt to influence the outcome by reminding voters that he was still at large and President Bush's policy had failed.
Our own C.I.A. says exactly the opposite, of course.
Just before the 2004 American elections, Kilcullen was doing intelligence work for the Australian government, sifting through Osama bin Laden's public statements, including transcripts of a video that offered a list of grievances against America: Palestine, Saudi Ara-bia, Afghanistan, global warming. The last item brought Kilcullen up short. "I thought, Hang on! What kind of jihadist are you?" he recalled. The odd inclusion of environmentalist rhetoric, he said, made clear that "this wasn't a list of genuine grievances. This was an Al Qaeda information strategy." Ron Suskind, in his book "The One Percent Doctrine," claims that analysts at the C.I.A. watched a similar video, released in 2004, and concluded that "bin Laden's message was clearly designed to assist the President's reelection." Bin Laden shrewdly created an implicit association between Al Qaeda and the Democratic Party, for he had come to feel that Bush's strategy in the war on terror was sustaining his own global importance.
So, without Bush and his foreign policy efforts, bin Laden would probably be less powerful, so it's likely that far from being terrorists' "worst nightmare," John "Last Chance for the Neocons" McCain would be the president they would choose for us as well. And, when you consider this article with Weekly Standard editor Michael Goldfarb's recent admission that he doesn't care whether our policies are aiding in terrorists recruiting efforts, you have to wonder if the neocons are actually relying on the terrorists to swing the election their way.

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