Wednesday, April 9, 2008

I Still Have A Question

Earlier this week I asked what the hell we’re still doing in Iraq. Via dday at Digby comes a stunning admission from Ambassador Ryan Crocker, our ambassador to Iraq, from yesterday’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that makes my question even more pressing:
He asked Ryan Crocker, who used to be ambassador to Pakistan, whether it would be better for U.S. interests to go after Al Qaeda on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border or Al Qaeda in Iraq.
Crocker, in an impossible political position -- give the correct answer and humiliate the Bush administration; give the administration's answer and look like a fool -- dodged as much as he could. Then Biden forced him down. Crocker: "I would therefore pick Al Qaeda on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border."

Our man in Iraq, who used to be our man in Pakistan, just blew every Bush-Cheney-McCain-Lieberman lie about the Iraq War out of the water.

dday writes:

Every single argument that the Administration and their lapdogs like John McCain have made or are making break down after that answer. The Ambassdor to Iraq just admitted that Iraq is not the central front in the war on terror. He just admitted that the potential for Al Qaeda to gain a beachhead in Iraq should the United States withdraw is miniscule compared to the already-established beachhead along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. He admitted that the global fight against terror is currently misdirected.

To which all I can add is, yeah.

Why are we in Iraq again?