In a Sunday column the Chicago Sun-Times’ Steve Huntley points out the elephant in the living room that Iraq war critics refuse to see: 

“The Iraq war critics seized upon a new intelligence report that al-Qaida has been rejuvenated by the Iraq war as proof that the invasion of Iraq was a distraction from the war on terror. OK, that should be good for a few minutes of bashing President Bush, but it doesn’t change the reality that al-Qaida is in Iraq and is our enemy. “

What if the U.S. were attacked again, and there were al-Qaida fingerprings?

“No doubt,” Huntley writes,”even as the bodies were being recovered, the wounded treated and survivors consoled, the implacable Bush haters would blame his policies for an attack by al-Qaida in Iraq. But what would be the view of the majority of Americans who have been telling pollsters that it’s time for America to withdraw the troops from Iraq?”