Al Qaeda created “the civil war” in Iraq

Update: Rob Bluey got me the video and a proper quote.

I was driving home from a meeting at church, and C-SPAN radio was playing in my car. Michael O’Hanlon was speaking (live) at Heritage. O’Hanlon said:

They are the ones who created the civil war. A deliberate strategy by Zarqawi got us to where we are.

That strikes me as one of the clearest and most important points. The other is what happens if that civil war takes hold. The last time that Al Qaeda got to play in a civil war, we got Afghanistan. Imagine Afghanistan between Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, and sitting on oil.

Can you really walk away from that?