On September 15, 2004, Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) said: ” ‘The president [Bush] has frequently described Iraq as, quote, *the central front of the war on terror…* Well by that definition, success in Iraq is a key standard by which to measure the war on terror. And by that measure, I think the war on terror is in trouble.’ ”

 – Douglas Jehl, “U.S. Intelligence Shows Pessimism On Iraq’s Future,” The New York Times, Sep. 16, 2004