I wanted to see how the blogosphere was commemorating the anniversary of the Mission Accomplished speech, knowing that Bush's way to mark the day is to veto the Iraq Emergency Supplemental bill, the absence of which he has said will harm the troops and yet paradoxically, declare today "American Loyalty Day" (if that's not Freudian, I don't know what is).
I wanted to make sure you saw Ava Lowery's (of Peace Takes Courage) new video:
And Barbara at Mahablog gives us this:
(L)et's look at a scholarly appraisal of our Iraq accomplishments by Bruce Riedel in the May/June 2007 issue of Foreign Affairs. [..]
Al Qaeda is a more dangerous enemy today than it has ever been before. It has suffered some setbacks since September 11, 2001: losing its state within a state in Afghanistan, having several of its top operatives killed, failing in its attempts to overthrow the governments of Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. But thanks largely to Washington's eagerness to go into Iraq rather than concentrate on hunting down al Qaeda's leaders, the organization now has a solid base of operations in the badlands of Pakistan and an effective franchise in western Iraq. Its reach has spread throughout the Muslim world, where it has developed a large cadre of operatives, and in Europe, where it can claim the support of some disenfranchised Muslim locals and members of the Arab and Asian diasporas. Osama bin Laden has mounted a successful propaganda campaign to make himself and his movement the primary symbols of Islamic resistance worldwide. His ideas now attract more followers than ever.