Sorry. Thread drift. My point was that virtually every bad thing
done in Iraq gets attributed to al Qaeda, out of habit. The
justification for the start of that habit was using al Qaeda as 'the'
enemy, to unify the various factions in Iraq and the Coalition. The
justification for THAT was a long term strategy of securing the
country militarily before starting to secure it politically. None of
that was implied in the article.
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