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Al Qaeda and the Surge: A Category Error Masquerading as a Question

Ken Timmerman of NewsMax asks the panel what Al Qaeda would look like if the surge in Iraq never happened and Al Qaeda was allowed to take over Iraq -- which

Iram Martins
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Oct 10, 2008

Ken Timmerman of NewsMax asks the panel what Al Qaeda would look like if the surge in Iraq never happened “and Al Qaeda was allowed to take over Iraq” — which would be news to the 60 percent of Iraq that’s Shiite and never ever would have permitted such a thing.

Bruce Hoffmann, unsurprisingly, disagrees with the entire premise of Timmerman’s question. The Anbar Awakening, which started before the surge, was more important than the surge, Hoffman says, though he adds that the “surge clearly mattered.” More centrally, “Al Qaeda has always seen Iraq as a diversion,” he adds, to buy time for Al Qaeda to regroup in Pakistan.

Steve Coll, who wrote “Ghost Wars” and “The Bin Ladens,” agrees, and adds that the victory over Al Qaeda in Iraq is more properly seen as a victory for Iraqis.

And if I can add: Timmerman should be happy that’s the case! Regardless of the immediate politics of the moment, it’s unquestionably better for the long-term war against Al Qaeda if Muslims defeat Al Qaeda. That’s the truest strategic victory there is: an indigenous, authentic, irrefutable setback for the jihadist entity, emanating precisely from the people it’s playing for.

For Americans to claim credit for it is truly to commit a counterproductive category error. (Well, that is, unless the true goal here is to sanctify George W. Bush instead of defeating bin Laden.) Focus, right-wingers, focus!

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