Further on the line of fundamentally counterproductive strategies, one of the pretexts given by the Bush Administration for its invasion and occupation of Iraq was to reduce the threat of international terrorism. In their fantasyland, all evils were one, and so Saddam was obviously in bed with Al Qaeda.
Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to have worked out too well. Today, CIA director Porter Goss said that the conflict had become a "cause for extremists". Worse, Iraq has become one giant terrorist training camp:
"Those jihadists who survive will leave Iraq experienced in and focused on acts of urban terrorism," he said.
"They represent a potential pool of contacts to build transnational terrorist cells, groups and networks."
So, rather than making us safer, the US has endangered us all. And rather than reducing either the number of terrorists or their ability to conduct attacks, the US has ensured that we have more and better trained terrorists with a new reason to strike against us. Thanks, America!