Half a decade and several hundred billion dollars later, the "intelligence" community has had an epiphany:
The nation's spy agencies don't think the Iraq war has reduced the threat of terrorism. In fact, they concluded that the war has contributed to an increased threat.The assessment comes in a National Intelligence Estimate, which represents a consensus view of the 16 spy services inside the government. It's classified, but published accounts of the report are being confirmed by an intelligence official. It finds that the war helped create a new generation of Islamic radicalism, and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since Nine-Eleven.