(via Instapundit): The WSJ observes one fallout from Obama's speech, and it's something that the left has loudly denied for a long time: Al Qaeda and Iraq are linked:
"There weren't a lot of surprises in President Obama's Afghanistan speech last night, but here's one: The president quietly repudiated the myth that Iraq has nothing to do with al Qaeda. The acknowledgment came in this passage:
We must keep the pressure on al Qaeda, and to do that, we must increase the stability and capacity of our partners in the region. Of course, this burden is not ours alone to bear. This is not just America's war. Since 9/11, al Qaeda's safe havens have been the source of attacks against London and Amman and Bali . . .
Little wonder Obama also said in his speech that "the wrenching debate over the Iraq war is well-known and need not be repeated here." That's easier than admitting that he has changed his mind and now regards Iraq as having been an al Qaeda safe haven and source of international terrorism."
Obama seems to be slowly to the center on this issue. And GWB is slowly being vindicated as the left is being dragged head first into reality by Obama. It's about time.
Be sure to read the whole thing.