A 30-page National Intelligence Estimate completed in April cites the "centrality" of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and the insurgency that has followed, as the leading inspiration for new Islamic extremist networks and cells that are united by little more than an anti-Western agenda. It concludes that, rather than contributing to eventual victory in the global counterterrorism struggle, the situation in Iraq has worsened the U.S. position.
From the Washington Post.
The National Intelligence Estimate sums up the conclusions of the nation's sixteen intelligence agencies. The White House has been ingoring that advice, publicly. Indeed, it has directly contradicted what we are hearing from our nation's intelligence agencies by claiming that the Iraq War has made us safer.
President Bush, aided by hawks Rumsfield and Cheney, has profoundly undermined our national security, with a foolish war, and have been unable to admit their grievous mistake.