Because al Qaeda, right now, is in Iraq. They are the people that we're fighting in Iraq. The insurgents and the people that we're fighting are al Qaeda themselves. That's who we're fighting. That's who is killing our troops. And they're fighting us in Iraq.Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
Ridiculously, Bob is trying to oversimplify the situation in Iraq and blame everything on "al Qaeda."
However, the on-going carnage in Iraq is not the doing of a single group. Rather, the violence stems from a complex mix of dozens of groups, of which al-Qaeda in Iraq is a bit player. These groups are currently engaged in a sectarian civil war comprised primarily of Sunnis versus Shiites.
But don't take my word for it. In 2007, Anthony H. Cordesman of the bipartisan Center for Strategic and International Studies, said:
"[n]obody knows how many different Islamist extremist groups make up the insurgency [in Iraq]. Even when you talk about Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, the idea of somehow it is the center of the insurgency is almost absurd." (emphasis added)Furthermore, "al Qaeda in Iraq" is simply not the same "al Qaeda" group led by Osama bin Laden that attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001. When Bob says that "we're fighting al Qaeda in Iraq," he's being thoroughly dishonest.
Even if you were to believe Bob's lies and accept that al Qaeda is the enemy in Iraq, then does that mean that the war is over and we can bring our troops back home? After all, last October, the U.S. military claims it has "dealt devastating and perhaps irreversible blows to al-Qaeda in Iraq ... leading some generals to advocate a declaration of victory over the group."
Bob doesn't know what is going on in Iraq, and more importantly, he doesn't care. Bob is incurious regarding the real situation and actual reasons as to why thousands of fellow Americans are dead and trillions of our dollars have been flushed down the drain.
For those who want extra credit, here's an article all about how the Bush Administration has perpetuated the Myth of al Qaeda in Iraq.