Today's NYT report
describing a U.S. intelligence assessment that the Iraq invasion has worsened global terrorism (no surprise there) is "not representative" of the entire assessment, the White House says
So what does the entire asssessment say? The White House won't say exactly. The report is still classified. But Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte offers
that the assessment concludes that if the U.S. succeeds in stabilizing Iraq "fewer jihadists will leave Iraq determined to carry on the fight elsewhere."
The implication of course is that regardless of whether we succeed in Iraq, jihadists will
leave determined to carry on the fight. It's just that if we fail, more
will leave determined to fight.
Excellent. Our strategic objective now is to demoralize some
of the jihadists.