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Bush: Critics buy into terrorists' propaganda
POSTED: 2:50 p.m. EDT, September 29, 2006
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush asserted Friday that critics who claim the Iraq war has made America less safe embrace "the enemy's propaganda." He acknowledged setbacks in Afghanistan against a Taliban resurgence but predicted eventual victory.
"You do not create terrorism by fighting terrorism," he told a receptive military audience. "If that ever becomes the mind-set of the policymakers in Washington, it means we'll go back to the old days of waiting to be attacked -- and then respond."
It was the latest in Bush's series of speeches defending his Iraq and anti-terrorism policies against heightened attacks from Democrats, who now are citing a government intelligence assessment to bolster their criticism. The classified National Intelligence Estimate, parts of which Bush declassified earlier this week, suggests the Iraq war has helped recruit more terrorists.
Rest of story here: cnn.com
"Some have selectively quoted from this document to make the case that by fighting the terrorists -- by fighting them in Iraq -- we are making our people less secure here at home," Bush told the Reserve Officers Association. "This argument buys into the enemy's propaganda that the terrorists attack us because we're provoking them."
Aljazeera reports that Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's number two, in a new video message has called US President George Bush a liar who had failed in his war against al-Qaeda.
In a portion of the same video, posted on the internet on Friday and released by the Virginia-based IntelCenter, al-Zawahiri addresses Bush: "Why don't you tell them how many million citizens of America and its allies you intend to kill in search of the imaginary victory and in breathless pursuit of the mirage towards which you are driving your people's sons in order to increase your profits?"
On Thursday, Islamist websites had said there would be a new video message posted by al-Zawahiri entitled Bush, the pope, Darfur and the Crusades.
In Friday's video, al-Zawahiri called Bush a "lying failure" for saying progress had been made in the war on terrorism.
Sometimes some of us on the right can be unfair, accusing our friends on the left, particularly the leaders of the Democratic Party, of sounding just like America's enemies.
But this is NOT one of those times.
Al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri condemned President Bush in a video statement released Friday, calling him a failure and a liar. "Why don't you tell them how many million citizens of America and its allies you intend to kill in search of the imaginary victory and in breathless pursuit of the mirage towards which you are driving your people's sons in order increase your profits?" al-Zawahri said in a portion of the video released by the Virginia-based IntelCenter.
The good news is, Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean, Ned Lamont and the lefty blogs have united to sue al-Zawahiri for theft of copyrighted intellectual property.
Semi-seriously, how many commenters on how many blogs will now write, "Look, Zawahiri has a point, and he's right that we need to get out of Iraq"?
Originally posted by RRconservative
How about this?
Terrorists are quick to pick up on the Democrats propaganda.
From Saddam, UBL, Al-Queda, Iran's President, Hugo Chavaz, and even the French, they all are constantly spewing Democrat rhetoric.
I know what side I'm on, how about you?
Originally posted by doctorfungi
No one was in Iraq on 9/11 were they? Al Qaeda would attack the US regardless of the activity in Iraq. I agree that it has given them further incentive to attack the US but not necessarily increased their ability to do so.