AQI Will Follow Us Home? Really?
A New York Republican named John McHugh conflated Al Qaeda with Al Qaeda in Iraq and asked the leading question: “We are really talking about the primary security interest of each and every American or do I have that wrong?”
Petraeus: “That is correct.” Unbelievable. He really cherry-picks what strategy-level questions he wants to answer, doesn’t he?
Crocker was worse. “Al Qaeda is a strategic enemy of the U.S. It was dangerously close to setting down lasting roots in Iraq… If it were to have succeeded or succeed in the future, certainly my judgment is that the threat to the U.S. would rise significantly.”
Read this and see if you agree. It’s based entirely on a briefing from Petraeus’s command.