Putting aside how the outdated portions still refers to Zarqawi in the present tense, the big thing that strikes me about the key judgements is that they reflect a dhimmi, historically ignorant view of jihad more suited for the moonbat Left than our premier intelligence agencies. Check out this paragraph:
“Four underlying factors are fueling the spread of the jihadist movement: (1) Entrenched grievances, such as corruption, injustice, and fear of Western domination, leading to anger humiliation, and a sense of powerlessness; (2) the Iraq “jihad;” (3) the slow pace of real and sustained economic, social, and political reforms in many Muslim majority nations; and (4) pervasive anti-US sentiment among most Muslims–all of which jihadists exploit.”
Not a word about the 1,400-year-plus history of Islamic hostility to the West or Islamic imperialism from time immemorial or the Koran-inspired war on infidels — long, long before there was a United States and “pervasive anti-US sentiment.”
Remember what I said yesterday?
“If our intelligence agencies are laboring under the moonbat illusion that Muslim hatred of the infidel West didn’t really start bubbling until the year 2003, we are really in deep, deep doo-doo.”
Well, it appears we are, in fact, in deep doo-doo.
The PC assumptions of the U.S. intelligence community are complemented by the naive 60’s style Wilsonian liberalism of U.S. Sec. of State
Pollyanna Condi Rice:
[Rice, speaking to the NY Post yesterday] insisted U.S. forces must finish the job in Iraq and the wider Middle East to wipe out the “root cause” of violent extremism – not just the terror thugs who carry out the attacks. “It’s a longer-term strategy, and it may even have some short-term down side, but if you don’t look at the longer term, you’re just leaving the problem to somebody else,” she said.
No acknowledgement here that violent Muslim extremism has roots in democratic countries as well as non-democratic countries.
In other words a lack of democracy has been neither a necessary or sufficient condition for violent Muslim extremism, hence a lack of democracy can’t be the “root cause” of violent Muslim extremism. Something else is at work — yet we live in a culture where even those leading the war against terror won’t allow themselves think it.