Thursday, December 27, 2007


Django don't need no "progressive" eggheads 'round here

The October 2007 Washington Monthly magazine announced on its cover that al-Qaeda in Iraq is a "myth." In the ensuing essay, Andrew Tilghman had this to say:

"[I]nterviews with numerous military and intelligence analysts, both inside and outside of government, suggest that the number of strikes the group has directed represent only a fraction of what official estimates claim. Further, al-Qaeda's presumed role in leading the violence through uniquely devastating attacks that catalyze further unrest may also be overstated."

When it comes to assessing the security situation in Iraq, I really couldn't give two squirts about what an egghead writing for the "premier Progressive monthly" (James Carville's words) has to say. Indeed, a recent report issued by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point more or less destroys every canard set forth by one Andrew Tilghman. Read the CTC's report here.

Thank God for the folks at the CTC. They're doing Uncle Sam's work, and then some.

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