Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The National Intelligence Estimate

Pajamas Media has a link to what the NIE really said: In From the Cold has obtained portions of the NIE and notes it lists out the both the successes and failures of the War on Terror. And the successes are quite numerous, though the NYT failed to mention them. For example, U.S.-led efforts have “seriously damaged Al Qaida leadership and disrupted its operations” and “progress toward pluralism and more responsive political systems in the Muslim world will eliminate many of the grievances jihadists exploit.” Readers should, as they say, read the whole thing.

One scientist studying life on Mars remarked that the real bombshell would be if investigations showed there had never been life on the Red Planet. A negative result would raise deeper questions about the conditions under which life arose than a mere finding that life was relatively commonplace throughout the Solar System. For the same reasons it would have been absolutely astounding to discover an NIE with only debits on the balance sheet. That would have been the exceptional result.

But just as the supporters of the war cannot expect to find a war effort without blemish, critics of the war probably cannot to hope for one without achievement. A nonpartisan assessor might probably ask, what did we do right? What did we do wrong? What can we do better? But that would imply a common purpose. And that may come one day; it may just take a little time, like everything else.


Blogger Jeff Medcalf said...

It will take another terror attack in the US while a Democrat is in the White House. Until then, the media and many Democrats will see this as George Bush's unnecessary war, rather than a war in which all of America is involved.

9/26/2006 05:23:00 AM  
Blogger The Frito Pundito said...

Let's see, the "progress towards plurarlism" (cough) hasn't seem to stop grievances in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon or Palestine. I guess we're not taking the long enough view, like 100 years! As for seriously disrupting the Al-Quaeda leadership, we still haven't gotten No. 1, and even though we've caught about 300 No. 2s. they keep coming, so we've haven't stemmed the supply of those.

9/26/2006 08:55:00 AM  
Blogger yank in london said...

There was no need for the Times to mention the so called successes as the White House trumpets them all of the time. It's the bits they don't bother to tell us that are important.

9/26/2006 10:13:00 AM  
Blogger Annoy Mouse said...

The United States and its interests have been under attack for over a decade. The U.S. responded militarily in Afghanistan and Iraq which is what you’d expect from a nation state that has had a war declared war against them. So we respond and there are more elements that join the fray. We should never protect ourselves? Please. Perhaps the most symmetrical way to enjoin the enemy is to blow up women and children with bombs, then the Left can be sure that we are responding with the proper measured response.

9/26/2006 12:03:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Rush Mentioned "In From the Cold" piece and VDH at Pajamas this morning.

9/26/2006 01:21:00 PM  

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