Seeking to rally support for the war, President Bush released intelligence asserting that Osama bin Laden in 2005 ordered creation of a terrorist unit to hit targets outside Iraq, including the United States.
The bulletin, which warned that bin Laden had enlisted Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, his senior operative in Iraq, to plan potential strikes in the United States, was described at the time as credible but not specific. It did not prompt the administration to raise its national terror alert level.
First, I take anything Boy George has to say with a grain of salt.
Second, let's remember how accurate his "intelligence" was that claimed Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
And third, let's never forget that Iraq wouldn't be in the goddamn mess it's in today - sinking into a bloody civil war, destabilizing the whole middle east, 3,300 American soliders and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis dead - if Bush hadn't invaded the country in the first place.
If bin Laden's forces are indeed somehow operating there now, and plotting to launch attacks against the U.S from there, it's only because the clown in the White House launched the disastrous war. When Iraq was a stable country under Hussein, bin Laden and his men were not welcome players there.
And while we already knew the Iraq war has increased the recruitment of potential new terrorists who want to stike the U.S., the new claim that bin Laden is now using Iraq as a launching pad comes just days after a report that said the war has actually increased funding for Al Qaeda and made it even stronger in Pakistan:
In one of the most troubling trends, U.S. officials said that Al Qaeda's command base in Pakistan is increasingly being funded by cash coming out of Iraq, where the terrorist network's operatives are raising substantial sums from donations to the anti-American insurgency as well as kidnappings of wealthy Iraqis and other criminal activity.
The influx of money has bolstered Al Qaeda's leadership ranks at a time when the core command is regrouping and reasserting influence over its far-flung network. The trend also signals a reversal in the traditional flow of Al Qaeda funds, with the network's leadership surviving to a large extent on money coming in from its most profitable franchise, rather than distributing funds from headquarters to distant cells.
- LA Times
Another heckuva job, Bushie.