Terror Report Card

TERROR REPORT CARD….America’s spy agencies have released a report that acknowledges the obvious:

The classified National Intelligence Estimate attributes a more direct role to the Iraq war in fueling radicalism than that presented either in recent White House documents or in a report released Wednesday by the House Intelligence Committee, according to several officials in Washington involved in preparing the assessment or who have read the final document.

….The report ?says that the Iraq war has made the overall terrorism problem worse,? said one American intelligence official.

The point of an anti-terror policy is not to look tough. The point of an anti-terror policy is to reduce terror. Republicans pretty clearly don’t get this.

And on that note, a commenter at Steve Benen’s site suggests that Howard Dean could have done worse than to simply hire J.D. Henderson of Intel Dump to write the Wall Street Journal op-ed I criticized last night. He’s right. This isn’t a bad first draft.