From C Student To D+ President
I don't know what grades President Bush got and don't really care. But he has, on multiple occassions quipped about being a C student. If he were only a "fair" student, then perhaps that would explain this:
[T]he Council on Global Terrorism, an independent research group of respected terrorism experts, assigned a grade of “D+” to United States efforts over the past five years to combat Islamic extremism. The council concluded that “there is every sign that radicalization in the Muslim world is spreading rather than shrinking.”What are the results of such a dismal record:
A stark assessment of terrorism trends by American intelligence agencies has found that the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks.The Republican run U.S. gets poor grades in combatting and contain radical Islam, which has seen an expansion in the last five years. The Republican "stay the [failed] course" in Iraq has resulted in a training ground for the next generation of terrorists for the expanded terrorist movement. Now we will be facing more terrorist threats world wide. And if you bring up these important points, you're called a freakin' Nazi/terrorist appeaser. The GOP has had four years to make the country safer and they have failed. OK, I guess "D+" isn't technically failing, but it's not great.
...The estimate concludes that the radical Islamic movement has expanded from a core of Qaeda operatives and affiliated groups to include a new class of “self-generating” cells inspired by Al Qaeda’s leadership but without any direct connection to Osama bin Laden or his top lieutenants.
...In early 2005, the National Intelligence Council released a study concluding that Iraq had become the primary training ground for the next generation of terrorists, and that veterans of the Iraq war might ultimately overtake Al Qaeda’s current leadership in the constellation of the global jihad leadership.
...“If this trend continues, threats to the U.S. at home and abroad will become more diverse and that could lead to increasing attacks worldwide,”
Since one could say this is all hindsight it's worth noting this important piece of information
The estimate’s judgments confirm some predictions of a National Intelligence Council report completed in January 2003, two months before the Iraq invasion. That report stated that the approaching war had the potential to increase support for political Islam worldwide and could increase support for some terrorist objectives.That's what many war critics have been saying from the get-go. I think this whole appeasement crap has been discredited. We didn't want to go to Iraq because we thought it would make us less secure--and we were right. We have been saying that Iraq is serving as a training center for an expanded terrorist movement--and we were right. Republicans have been wrong--consistently wrong.
This seems to be the best way to capture the Republican campaign: "You should be scared of the terrorists. We know this because we have done nothing to curtail the global jihadist movement and have provided a training ground for the terrorists. We want two more years."