"The search is under way for those who are behind these evil acts. I have directed the full resources of our intelligence and law-enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them to justice," Bush said in a nationally televised address less than 12 hours after what is being called the worst act of terrorism in America's history. "We will make no distinction between those who committed these acts and those who harbor them."
Last week, it was annouced that the CIA had prepared a report that found that
Iraq may prove to be an even more effective training ground for Islamic extremists than Afghanistan was in al-Qaeda's early days, a new, classified assessment by the Central Intelligence Agency has warned. The CIA says this is because it is serving as a real-world laboratory for militants to improve their skills in urban combat.
The intelligence assessment, completed last month and circulated among government agencies, made clear it the view that the conflict was likely to disperse to other countries and Iraqi and foreign combatants were more adept and better organised than they were before the conflict.
Congressional and intelligence officials said the assessment had argued that since the US invasion of 2003, Iraq had in many ways assumed the role played by Afghanistan during the rise of al-Qaeda during the 1980s and 1990s, as a magnet and a proving ground for extremists.
In other words, Iraq, as a direct result of the policies of one George W. Bush, must be said to be harboring terrorists.
So.... who should we go after?