LET'S GO OVER THIS ONE. MORE. TIME.

Sen. Lindsay Graham just asked Gen. Petraeus, "Why did they [Al Qaeda in Iraq] come to Iraq?"

Petraeus responded, "To establish a base in the heart of the Middle East."

Okay, right. But why was that possible? Because we destabilized the region through the invasion and occupation of Iraq, giving terrorist groups a new foothold.

--Dana Goldstein

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