Hummmm, you do know that CATO posted that in .... 2007. How do you think they feel NOW?The Myth of an al Qaeda Takeover of Iraq
http://tinyurl.com/287t4u / January 28, 2007
Despite such scare mongering, it is highly improbable that al Qaeda could use Iraq as the kind of safe haven it enjoyed in Afghanistan. There, the organization had the protection of an entrenched, friendly government, which it will not have in Iraq. Al Qaeda also had a much larger force in Afghanistan -- an estimated 18,000 fighters. Even the U.S. government concedes that there are fewer than 2,000 al Qaeda fighters in Iraq, and the Iraq Study Group put the figure at only 1,300.
Yep, just as soon as Obama pulled our troops out of Iraq, al-Qaeda started to gain strength.Death, Misery and Debt: Iraq’s Unintended Conquest of America
By Doug Bandow
This article appeared in Forbes on March 25, 2013.
....Al-Qaeda in Iraq has revived, and is blamed for several recent bombings. In fact, the Jamestown Foundation warned that “the Iraqi al-Qaeda affiliate Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) has maintained a steady rate of attacks over the last few months.” According to the Wall Street Journal the CIA is “ramping up support to elite Iraqi antiterrorism units,” which not so reassuringly report directly to Maliki.....
As for me, it does not bother me. We should have pulled out of Iraq just as soon as Saddamn Hussein was executed!