Monday, September 06, 2004

Losing Argument: Invading Iraq was part of the war on terrorism because there were terrorists in Iraq

(In a new occasional feature of Winning Argument, we’ll expose losing arguments being advanced by people who claim to know what they are talking about.)

Losing argument:

“The fact is that Abu Nidal was a terrorist who was in Baghdad. The fact is Ansar al-Islam, which is a terrorist organization, was in Iraq. This is part of the war on terror.” – Newt Gingrich, Meet the Press, 9/5/04

Why it’s a loser:

The fact that terrorists were operating inside of Iraq does not prove that the Iraqi government was cooperating with terrorists or that deposing the Iraq government helped advance the war on terror. By this logic, because the 9/11 hijackers were operating inside the United States, the U.S. was cooperating with terrorists and should be deposed. To make the point he wants to make Newt would have to show there was a collaborative relationship between the terrorists and the Iraqi government.