"From February 2002 to March 2003 Dr. [Flynt] Leverett was Senior Director for Middle East Affairs at the National Security Council."
Not only has the war in Iraq not advanced the fight against terrorism, it has helped al-Qaeda regroup and recover. Flynt Leverett, a former director at the National Security Council in the Bush White House told NBC, "There were decisions made to take key assets, human assets, technical assets, out of theater in Afghanistan in order to position them for the campaign to unseat Saddam.""Clarke's critique of administration decision-making and how it did not balance the imperative of finishing the job against al Qaeda versus what they wanted to do in Iraq is absolutely on the money."
He added, "We see today that al-Qaida has been able to reconstitute leadership cells in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region and it would seem in Eastern Iran." [MSNBC] 7/03