The Iraq war has become a â€œmajor debacleâ€ that has actually made America less safe. Thatâ€™s not an anti-war Democrat talking â€” itâ€™s the conclusion of some of the Pentagonâ€™s top military strategists, our editorial today notes.
The new report, from the Pentagonâ€™s top education institute and based on interviews with former senior defense and intelligence officials, concludes that Iraq has become a â€œmajor warâ€ with no clear outcome that has diminished Americaâ€™s standing abroad.
Far from enhancing Americaâ€™s security, our efforts in Iraq â€œhave become, at least temporarily, an incubator for terrorism and have emboldened Iran to expand its influence throughout the Middle East.â€
Moreover, the war has diverted â€œmanpower, materiel and the attention of decision-makersâ€ from â€œall other effortsâ€ in the war on terror.
That key assessment is bolstered by another new report, this one from the Government Accountability Office, the research arm of Congress, which supports the contention that the Iraq war has become a distraction from the war on terror and Osama bin Ladenâ€™s al-Qaida â€” the people who actually attacked America on Sept. 11, 2001.