I can understand, as a matter of absolute possible principle,¹ that one could make the argument that the war in Iraq is distracting and tying down US forces from pursuing the "real war on terror" against Al Qaeda or other Islamist groups; "Germany must not fight a two-front war"; military assets are never limitless, etc.
If the Democratic Party has an official line on the war -- that is it (along with "Iraq is a Jihad recruiting poster"). Sure enough, it was trotted out almost immediately on Thursday by Dems in their reaction to the terror arrests in Britain and Pakistan.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid:
As a result of mismanagement and the wrong funding priorities, we are not as safe as we should be and we still have not implemented the bipartisan 9-11 Commission’s recommendations to secure our ports, airports, and chemical plants. The Iraq war has diverted our focus and more than $300 billion in resources from the war on terrorism and has created a rallying cry for international terrorists. This latest plot demonstrates the need for the Bush administration and the Congress to change course in Iraq and ensure that we are taking all the steps necessary to protect Americans at home and across the world.Ohio US Senate candidate Sherrod Brown:
Today's failed attacks underscore the need to refocus our resources on fighting the war on terror. Iraq has diverted billions of dollars from our defense budget and drained our military's capacity. Our success in the war on terror depends on having the available manpower and resources to hunt down terrorist networks around the world.Connecticut US Senate candidate Ned Lamont in the Stamford Advocate:
“I just think that this Bush administration confuses a comprehensive attack on the terrorists with the invasion of Iraq,” Lamont said in a telephone interview yesterday. “I think the invasion of Iraq was a terrible distraction.”OK ... Bush launched a war that's tied us down -- to avenge his daddy, because he's stupid, to get Halliburton profits, because the Learned Neocon Elders of Likud told him. Whatever narrative floats your boat -- it doesn't matter for this purpose.
But. Didn't. The. Arrests. Happen. ???
And aren't we in Iraq -- shedding blood for Halliburton, avenging Bush-41, doing the Joooooz's bidding, whatever -- and are thus tied down. While. The. Arrests. Happened. Turns out that the West can walk in Iraq, and chew Homefront-Counterterrorism Gum at the same time.
These arrests prove it. The Democrats' primary narrative on the Iraq War is false.
¹ I am not saying I buy this argument as applied to the status quo, mind you. People have been known to walk and chew gum; certain powers have even had the capacity to fight two wars successfully. All I'm saying is it's not an a priori stupid claim that could never be correct.