Not much more needs to be said.
Addendum (8/22/06): I couldn’t help myself. I had to say something. JC Watts is either uninformed or is deliberately deceiving. The war on terror as it was defined in 2001 referred to groups or nations that sponsor terrorism that had a global reach. It was clear on 9/12/2001 that Iraq was not a state sponsor of terrorism. Iraq had been a state sponsor of terrorism. Iraq tried to kill former President Bush (41) back in 1992 or 93 when he went to Kuwait. The United States lobbed a series of cruise missiles at Iraq’s Ministry of Defense and since that time there is no evidence that Iraq sponsored any groups that part took in terrorism. Iran, on the other hand, sponsored plenty of state terrorism after 1992. But, we’re not talking about Iran. There were no significant connections between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda.
Former Representative Watts starts his statement by saying that he continues to believe. Does this mean that he believes this in spite of the data? Because the data is overwhelming and 100% convincing for those people who don’t have an ideology centered around Iraq as the root of all evil. I would encourage JC Watts to speak from knowledge. Neither the CIA nor the FBI nor the military (after the fall of Saddam) have found any credible evidence to suggest that Iraq sponsored terrorism after we retaliated. None.
Then Representative Watts poses the rhetorical question – what would the Middle East look like if we were not in Iraq? Would Israel be in more trouble? More? How can Israel be in more trouble? How has our presence helped Israel? If anything, our presence in the Middle East has inflamed sectarian violence. It is inflamed moderates throughout the region because we invaded a nation on faulty data. So, again, this is an unsubstantiated position.
I must also add, that since we invaded Iraq, Iraq has become a hotbed of violence. Jihadists have migrated to Iraq, because of our presence and because we have not provided security in that country.
I sure hope that CNN is not paying JC Watts for this type of “insight.” Because he’s just pulling things out of the air.