President Bush addressed the troops at Camp Pendleton on Tuesday. During his speech, he again seemed to be describing facts about the insurgency that few if any of his intelligence or military experts think are true:
Next month, Iraqis will vote in free and democratic elections. As election day approaches, we can expect further violence from the terrorists. You see, the terrorists understand what is at stake. They know they have no future in a free Iraq, because free people never choose their own enslavement. They know democracy will give Iraqis a stake in the future of their country. When Iraqis choose their leaders in free elections, it will destroy the myth that the terrorists are fighting a foreign occupation and make clear that what the terrorists are really fighting is the will of the Iraqi people.
A lot of myths have been destroyed since we first invaded Iraq. I’m not sure if the nature of the insurgency is one of them.