Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Al Qaeda and the NIE

Have you ever watched something on television unfold and while watching thought at any point somebody was going to jump out and say "you've been punked?"

This morning, quite naturally, I turned on MSNBC for the news and ended up watching the entire press conference regarding the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on the terrorist threat to the American homeland.

Fran Townsend, who I can only surmise as being a talking head for the Bush administration and one often sent on "expeditions" throughout the world looking for good news to share with the American people regarding the War on Terror, was at the pulpit discussing the NIE and the threats Al-Qaeda continues to pose to the United States. With that there was a great discussion of Osama bin Laden.

I haven't found the transcript of the press conference, but here is a bit I found out there that does justice to what I witnessed unfold this morning. And here's a more neutral response from The Washington Post.

As I was sitting there watching as well as listening to the questions of the press gaggle, I couldn't help but laugh at how insane the entire press conference was. We're sending a talking head all around the world on the dime of the American people only for her to return and remind us that the "wanted dead or alive" statement made by our President some six years ago amounted to nothing and Osama bin Laden is still out there posing a risk to us?

What a wonderful use of tax dollars. What a sad attempt to spin some intelligence news so the White House can feel justified in continuing to place our soldiers in harm's way in a war we shouldn't be fighting in the first place.

Strangely enough my only question after watching this unfold this morning: Will the War or Terror become what the War on Drugs was? Is the War on Terror another botched attempt to address a worldwide epidemic without proper policy, funding, and coalitions to back it up? And I suppose my underlying question all this time remains--what does/did Al Qaeda have to do with Iraq in the first place?

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