General Ray Odierno, who is conducting military operations against al-Qaeda in Iraq disagreed with President Bush’s recent claim that either we fight them over there or al-Qaeda will be coming over here to the United States. According to General Odierno, “I think it’s be very difficult for them to export any violence outside of Iraq.” Bush scare tactics may come across to a certain element of the American population, but they fall flat when confronted by the reality of what our troops encounter in Iraq.
Every piece of evidence emerging from Iraq is that terrorist forces are moving from one area to another in response to American military tactics. Just as American forces believe they have cleared a region of insurgents, they discover the enemy has gone somewhere else. As General Odierno claims about military operations, we “have really just started.” So, what has been happening these past four years if we have just started?