You got me. That was the understanding in the White House and the intelligence community. The story ran and the lights went out.
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It's been fairly disastrous.
The war on terror is going to get tougher and tougher the longer this kind of thing goes on. We're going to pay a big price for allowing these unwanted side effects and stories in the war on terror to pile up.
They realize we are very unnerved by this. . . . I see the spread of it as a tactic as an indication of the strength of the ideology for Muslim radicals.
The protests were entirely to be expected. The Pakistanis know the U.S., if it gets high-quality intelligence, is going to act.
Everyone says there's a war of ideas out there, and I agree. The sad fact is that we're on the wrong side.