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McClatchy: Bush Wrong to Blame Iraq Woes Mainly on Al-Qaeda

McClatchy: Bush Wrong to Blame Iraq Woes Mainly on Al-Qaeda: "McClatchy: Bush Wrong to Blame Iraq Woes Mainly on Al-Qaeda

By E&P Staff

Published: June 29, 2007 10:55 PM ET

NEW YORK For the past week, E&P has noted the Bush administration's rising use of blaming much of the insurgency in Iraq on al-Qaeda operatives. Some news outlets have gone all along with this, others not. We pointed out that McClatchy Newspapers seemed to be questioning this trend.

'We cannot attribute all the violence in Iraq to al Qaida,' retired Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste, who commanded the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq before becoming an opponent of Bush's strategy there, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. 'Al Qaida is certainly a component, but there's larger components.'

Today McClatchy's Jonathan Landay, in a report from Washington, threw more cold water on this. His article opened as follows.
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Facing eroding support for his Iraq policy, even among Republicans, President Bush on Thursday called al Qaida 'the main enemy' in Iraq, an assertion rejected by his administration's senior intelligence analysts."

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