White House Adviser Won't Say If Iraq War Made U.S. Safer
2:02 PM, Sep 8, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan told reporters this morning that intelligence obtained during the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound showed that the man who plotted 9/11 "was still focused on carrying out attacks against the United States. ... It also revealed to me that he was a little bit out of touch with just how debilitated his organization was."
"His lieutenants were trying to tell him, 'You know, yes we now what you want to do -- great aspirations --but our ability to do it has been degraded because we're losing people,'" Brennan said.
Since 9/11, Brennan said, al Qaeda has "taken it on the chin." Asked if the war in Iraq has made the United States safer, Brennan dodged the question. "I try not to look back, I look forward," he said. "We are where we are. We can’t, you know, remake history.”
Bin Laden, on the other hand, left no doubt when he was alive that he considered Iraq the central front in the war on terror. In 2004, bin Laden said:
For on the importance of Iraq to the war on terror, see Thomas Joscelyn's 2007 WEEKLY STANDARD piece "Iraq Is the Central Front."
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