No shit? I’d almost be tempted to ascribe this to, oh, reading the newspaper for once, instead of trusting the same people who started a problem to keep you apprised of its status.
Well, at least we can be grateful for the remarkable feat of infrastructure our administration has pulled off: creating the largest, most sophisticated terrorist training facility in recorded history, complete with daily live-target practice, and capable of handling tens of thousands (maybe more!) of trainees at a time. The price may be a bit high – something in the ballpark of $100B and a few thousand American soldiers’ lives, to say nothing of the number of Iraqi civilians caught in the crossfire – but if you really want to create an effective, well-trained and well-equipped enemy, there’s just no substitute for a large country, out-of-the-way for us but centrally located for them, with no functioning government and a steady American military presence just large enough to draw fire but nowhere near large enough to actually stabilize things.