Experts: Iraq War Diverting War on Terror

Counterterrorism experts are criticizing Bush and the war in Iraq, saying that it is diverting resources from the fight against Al Qaeda and terrorism:

Experts who have served in top positions in both Republican and Democratic administrations are increasingly suggesting that the Iraq war has diverted momentum, troops and intelligence resources from the worldwide campaign to destroy the remnants of al-Qaeda.

They note that the presence of U.S. troops in an Arab homeland is serving as a major recruiting tool for signing up and motivating new jihadis, or Islamic holy warriors.

"Fighting Iraq had little to do with fighting the war on terrorism, until we made it [so]," said Richard Clarke, who was a senior White House counterterrorism official under Bush and President Bill Clinton.

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