"We have a growing, maturing insurgency group," [W Andrew Terrill, professor at the Army War College's strategic studies institute - and the top expert on Iraq there] told me. "We see larger and more coordinated military attacks. They are getting better and they can self-regenerate. The idea there are x number of insurgents, and that when they're all dead we can get out is wrong. The insurgency has shown an ability to regenerate itself because there are people willing to fill the ranks of those who are killed."
They reject IAEA inspections, and officially insist that they have the "right" to have nuclear weapons.
Contrary to popular Western propaganda of an aggressive, implacable enemy bent on strategising for the domination of Western Europe, instead the picture that emerges from the memos is how desperate [the Soviets] were to avoid conflict and be secure within their borders.
Not for our eyes were the notes that showed White House staffers taking two-hour meetings with Christian fundamentalists, [with] a group whose representative in Israel believed herself to have been attacked by witchcraft unleashed by proximity to a volume of Harry Potter. Most of all, apparently, we're not supposed to know the National Security Council's top Middle East aide consults with apocalyptic Christians eager to ensure American policy on Israel conforms with their sectarian doomsday scenarios.
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