Friday, February 23, 2007

Who's Validating AQ's Strategy?

Cheney won't take back Pelosi comment - 23 Feb 2007 at 9:41am - WASHINGTON -- Vice President Dick Cheney refused Friday to take back his charge that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's opposition to President Bush's Iraq war buildup is playing into the hands of the al-Qaida terrorist network.
"You also have to be accountable for the results. What are the consequences of that? What happens if we withdraw from Iraq?," he said. "And the point I made and I'll make it again is that al-Qaida functions on the basis that they think they can break our will. That's their fundamental underlying strategy, that if they can kill enough Americans or cause enough havoc, create enough chaos in Iraq, then we'll quit and go home. And my statement was that if we adopt the Pelosi policy, that then we will validate the strategy of al-Qaida. I said it and I meant it."
"Break our will"? Our will to what: perpetuate a failed strategy? Our will stubbornly to refuse to pursue the diplomatic measures that may be the only chance to bring stability to Iraq?

The U.S. would do well to develop a viable strategy of its own, rather than focusing on trying to thwart whatever it perceives as "al Qaida's strategy" -- otherwise, it will forever be playing al Qaida's game, on al Qaida's turf, on al Qaida's terms.


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