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« Another view from the ground in Iraq | Main | Scowcroft on the Terrorist "Nuisance" »

October 12, 2004



The focus on low level terrorism somewhat misses the point - the invasion of Iraq was (largely) premised on the belief that the greatest threat to the US is terrorists with WMD, and that WMD are most likely to fall into the hands of terrorists through aid by rogue states. One terrorist with WMD is worse than a thousand with guns or bombs.

Now in hindsight Iraq didn't have WMD, so its invasion may have no impact on this calculus. But the risks to American lives in the US aren't hugely enhanced by even a very large increase in non-English speaking jihadis with AK-47s.

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