Monday, August 20, 2007
Once again, Joe Lieberman graces the pages of the Wall Street Journal to tell falsehoods and to agitate for war against Iran and Syria. Here is one especially odorous passage.
Although small in number, these foreign fighters are a vital strategic asset to al Qaeda in Iraq, providing it with the essential human ammunition it needs to conduct high-visibility, mass-casualty suicide bombings, such as we saw last week in northern Iraq. In fact, the U.S. military estimates that between 80% and 90% of suicide attacks in Iraq are perpetrated by foreign fighters, making them the deadliest weapon in al Qaeda's war arsenal. Without them, al Qaeda in Iraq would be critically, perhaps even fatally, weakened.
That is why we now must focus on disrupting this flow of suicide bombers--and that means focusing on Syria, through which up to 80% of the Iraq-bound extremists transit. Indeed, even terrorists from countries that directly border Iraq travel by land via Syria to Iraq, instead of directly from their home countries, because of the permissive environment for terrorism that the Syrian government has fostered. Syria refuses to tighten its visa regime for individuals transiting its territory.
The fighters and suicide bombers are mostly coming from Saudi Arabia. So, is the financing. In response, we must bomb Syria. Yes, that will fix things really well Joe.
I hope the people of Connecticut are proud of themselves now.
Posted by trifecta at 8:16 AM