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Global War on Terror Watch: Nancy Pelosi – Just Afghanistan?



THE woman who will become Speaker of the House, should Democrats pick up sufficient seats on Tuesday, believes passionately that the War on Terror is only the war in Afghanistan.

Reality check: The map above shows a selection of the major, memorable terrorist attacks world-wide since Jan. 1, 2002, as well as indicating nations which the Rand Corp. Terrorism Database lists as hosting a significant al Qaeda presence.

(Just a selection, of course – a map of attacks in Israel or Iraq could fill the whole page.)

Only Afghanistan? It is staggering to think that anyone of such naivete could soon leading one house of Congress.

Nancy Pelosi’s defenders will point out that she answering the question, “Do you not think that the war in Iraq now, today, is the War on Terror?”

But her full answer was, “No. The War on Terror is the war in Afghanistan.”

Mind-boggling. She doesn’t even deny that terrorists have flocked to Iraq, “but that doesn’t mean we stay there,” she says. “They’ll stay there as long as we’re there” – implying . . . what? That they’ll just retire if we go?

True, some would leave – but only to do killing elsewhere. How many would come here?

None of this is to defend every particular of Bush policies in Iraq – would that that were all that divided America’s two political parties.

But it’s not. No, the overriding divide is that one party generally understands that America faces a determined and utterly ruthless enemy of global reach and ambition, an enemy that will keep on coming and keep on killing until it is stopped . . . and the other party just doesn’t want to think about it.

Sure, there are exceptions – one honorable one is Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.

But he was rejected by his state party because of his firm stance in the War on Terror. He’s not the mainstream of the Democratic Party.

Nancy Pelosi is.

The political consensus is the GOP WILL lose majority control of the House. But, will the next Speaker of the House be Nancy Pelosi?

Flap is not so sure. It depends upon the nature of the majority.

But, then again, is the GOP in the midst of a “COMEBACK?”

Stay tuned……

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