I find it revealing how we project our own prejudices on others, assuming that they think the way we do. From the Washington Post:
“They attacked us,” he says as the screen turns to an image of the second hijacked airplane heading toward the smoking World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. “And they will again. They won’t stop in Iraq.”
Every investigation has shown that Iraq did not, in fact, have anything to do with the Sept. 11 attacks.
Of course, the WP assumes that the solider used Iraqis as the unstated antecedent of “they” when, in context, a soldier fighting in Anbar almost certainly intended Al-Qaeda as the antecedent.
Every military source actually in Iraq refers constantly to AIQ or Al-Qaeda in Iraq as the principle opponent in the Anbar region. How likely is it that a soldier, whose very life depends on understanding the enemy, made the mistake that the WP attributes to him?
The WP spends the rest of the article trying without success to make it appear that Republicans contend that someone in Iraq contributed to 9/11. This is clearly an editorial masquerading as a news story. I see this argument quite a bit and I think it’s some kind of straw man, fabricated to make those who support the liberation of Iraq look especially foolish. Liberation advocates cannot argue against it because they never said it in the first place.