But, did they check for freezer burn - he may have been in the cooler for months waiting for the pys-op experts to pump him up into the biggest, baddest guy since Josef Stalin and when Bushco needs a bump in his poll numbers.
That's right, Will. Time to resurrect Osama now that #2 has supposedly been dispensed with. Or will we manufacture a completely new one?! I hear they're auditioning. Oops, I forgot about Iran. Shame on me. Guess the parts already taken.
16. Your comment: "Basically, we killed our own straw man today"
Ain't that the truth. Why the hell didn't Rummy bomb at least his camp in the Kurdish area in the beginning of the Shock & Awe? That was the "only" Al Quida (sp?) known for sure to be in Iraq. It appears that Rummy didn't really think the guy and his groopies were a threat at that time. Go figure. Oh, we were lied to and that's the bottom line. Our history books will be full of how ineffective bush's opponents were in getting the truth out to the people. That is if we still have a free press.
You could be next boogieman in Iraq! Worried about getting killed? No problem! If things get too hot, we'll put you up in your very own condo in Pakistan next to A.Q. Khan and OBL. They're quiet and they keep their lawns and gardens neat and tidy.
for a few reasons, to give Bush a Bounce in the polls, and granted it will be a "dead cat" bounce, and to drive the Haditha WAR CRIMES off the front page.. another use will be for the right wing to scream "We killed the equivalent of HITLER" with the MSM "repeater stations" pushing it endlessly right up to and including the midterm elections..
Maybe some of the Gov's and others who had "scheduling conflicts" when Bush showed up in their state or district, will now stand on the same stage with Bush and hang onto his coat tails..
But in reality these things have a way of not working out like the right wants them to, they gang that can't shoot straight will sound like they are beating a dead horse.
Bush and Co (Rove) are probably screaming, "Goddamit, I said IN OCTOBER!!"
"But we kept him on ice as long as we could!"
Any terror groups use CELLS, which means if you cut off the head of one (like a Hydra) they just grow more or switch to another Cell..
Much noise and fury signifying nothing. The best WE could do as NEW MEDIA right now is to LOCKSTEP with the Many LINKS that show that the MSM is NOT to be trusted as they reported at least if not more than 4 times that Zaqwari (sp), was DEADER than a DOORNAIL..
44. Not meaningless, but will ultimately just be a footnote
This proves that the US military is still exceptional at making a plan and executing it. If this were a conventional war, and Zarqawi were a conventional leader, this would be important. And it probably will change the nature of the uprising in Iraq.
There should be mass celebration today in Iraq, and in the press, and by mongers everywhere, for today was the day that Iraq's new Prime Minister Nouri Maliki finally filled the three vacant ministerial posts in his new, and now complete, government. By sheer coincidence this heartening story has been blasted off the front page by the announcement, on the same day, of the killing of the terrorist Zarqawi, which took place yesterday.
Then again, looking at the newly appointed ministers, perhaps it wasn't so unfortunate:
Defense Minister Abdul Qadir Obeidi - one of Saddam Hussein's generals
Interior Minister Jawad al-Bulani, an aide to the Governing Council from the Iraqi Hizbollah party
National Security Minister Shirwan Waili - a former military officer under Saddam Hussein
The delay in forming this government has sparked the worst chaos in Baghdad since Saddam Hussein fell. So delegates were eager for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to keep his pledge to name the ministers of interior and defense. Those ministers are essential to restoring some security to Iraq. Suddenly a buzz rippled through the hall. The session had been canceled. Squabbles among fellow Shiites over who should get the ministries had prevented Maliki from keeping his promise. That day painted a stark picture of the challenges confronting this national unity government, on which Iraqi and U.S. hopes hang. Rather than bring Iraqis together, this government has reflected Iraq's fragmentation. The situation may be salvaged, but it will take determined leadership from a handful of key Iraqi politicians, as well as from the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad.
Maliki tried from the start to act like a leader. He promised a new plan to secure Baghdad and flew to the key oil city of Basra to try to halt wars between Shiite militias and gangs. He made the pledge to name the ministers. But Iraq's new constitution keeps the prime minister impossibly weak - a reaction to the Hussein dictatorship. And the Iraqi political culture ties him in knots.
This system has made many Iraqis sour on democracy quickly. They are hungry for strong leadership. Over and over, I've heard Iraqis say Hussein could have restored order in two weeks. This is why it is so crucial for Maliki to be able to act as a national leader who stands above the interests of sectarian parties. ... It is unclear how or if that can be done. But the prospects for Iraq and for U.S. troop withdrawals depend on whether Maliki can lead.
public is as used to this story as one they watch on the tee and vee every week. Season ender offs the 'bad guy' but never fear, the 'writer' will add another antagonist for the next season. Its all about ratings folks.
56. It Was Obvious To Me That He Meant Meaningless Towards Reducing Violence
in the region. I'm not sure he needed to spell it out word for word what the spirit of the post was. I think it was evident to most that he was referencing the concept that killing the so-called al qaeda in iraq leader will have zero effect on reducing the bombings, attacks and sect violence within Iraq or may serve to increase it. Therefore it is meaningless in the overall mission of a peaceful iraq, as his death within itself is rather insignificant in the overall picture of why they're fighting and killing to begin with.
And that headline was fine when related to the context within it.
And I don't view your 'bullshit' post as holding anyone to a higher standard. I view it as a nitpicky attention wanting reply that screams out "hey, look at me, I'm posting something against the great Will Pitt!"
Give me a damn break. I don't give a shit if it was Will who posted it or Joe Friggin Shmoe. :eyes:
Now if you can take from that post that he was defending the US showing pictures of him dead well then I think you have reading comprehension troubles, with all due respect.
It was a simple post, a simple sentiment, and a pretty damn clear message. I'll take a moment to spell out the message of this thread to you: The death of Zarqawi is meaningless in the overall picture of violence in Iraq, as it won't do a thing to squelch it. There. I hope you understand that more readily now, as that is quite simply the only message that was being brought forth by the OP. If you want to read into it more than that, then it is probably due more to something within you that wants to find something to nitpick in Will's posts, as opposed to the actual meaning of the post itself, in my opinion.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is dead. We've turned a corner in Iraq. Again.
We turned a corner back in 2003, or so we were told, with the capture of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. "For the Ba'athist holdouts largely responsible for the current violence," said George W. Bush in formal remarks after Hussein's capture, "there will be no return to the corrupt power and privilege they once held. For the vast majority of Iraqi citizens who wish to live as free men and women, this event brings further assurance that the torture chambers and the secret police are gone forever."
That was three long years ago, and despite all the triumphalist crowing after Hussein's capture, nothing has changed. Indeed, matters are far worse now than when they put the bag on him in 2003. Empty elections have been held since then, in which most of the candidates were anonymous, because they feared assassination. The corrupt power and privilege once held by Hussein's people has been deftly transferred to hand-picked Iraqi leaders like Ahmad Chalabi, who cower behind bunkered walls while the nation they supposedly lead tears at itself, and to petroleum corporations like Halliburton that steal with both hands.
As for the torture chambers and secret police...well...the Bush administration set those up a while ago. The horrors of Abu Ghraib, and the secret "renditions" of prisoners, are perfectly legal, you see. The Attorney General says so.
Now that Zarqawi is dead - again - many would have us believe this is a stirring victory. To be sure, the Shi'ite civilians massacred by Zarqawi can take comfort that his attacks have been brought to an end. But to see this as an end to the violence is to buy into a distinctly American view of the Iraq occupation, a view that would have us believe that it is one villain masterminding all the carnage.
This simply isn't true.
A report from the UK Telegraph last year quoted a number of anonymous intelligence sources who stated, flatly, that Zarqawi was not the all-encompassing boogeyman he was portrayed to be. "We were basically paying up to $10,000 a time to opportunists, criminals and chancers who passed off fiction and supposition about Zarqawi as cast-iron fact, making him out as the linchpin of just about every attack in Iraq," said one source in the report. "Back home this stuff was gratefully received and formed the basis of policy decisions. We needed a villain, someone identifiable for the public to latch on to, and we got one."
Said another source in the report, "From the information we have gathered, we have to conclude that Zarqawi is more myth than man. He isn't in the caliber of what many politicians want to believe he is."
More recently, on April 10, 2006, the Washington Post ran a detailed article titled "Military Plays Up Role of Zarqawi." The opening paragraph reads, "The U.S. military is conducting a propaganda campaign to magnify the role of the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, according to internal military documents and officers familiar with the program. The effort has raised his profile in a way that some military intelligence officials believe may have overstated his importance and helped the Bush administration tie the war to the organization responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks."
"One internal briefing, produced by the U.S. military headquarters in Iraq," continued the Post piece, "said that (Brig. Gen. Mark) Kimmitt had concluded that, 'The Zarqawi PSYOP program is the most successful information campaign to date.'"
Our leaders would love us to believe that what is happening in Iraq is black-and-white, an issue of evil-doers attempting to shatter the hopes of democracy. Unfortunately, too many Americans buy into this Etch-a-Sketch view of our policies and practices there. The reality behind the bloodshed is far more discouraging, and hued with many shades of gray.
Those who fight and kill in Iraq did not do so because Zarqawi ordered them to. They fight because they are Sunnis with a generational hatred for Shi'ites, or because they are Shi'ites with a generational hatred for Sunnis, or because they are Kurds defending their turf, or because they don't want Iran running their country, or because they are defending their neighborhood, or because they are settling old grudges, or because they are opportunistic criminals looking to make a buck. In many instances, those who fight and kill in Iraq do so because they absolutely will not tolerate an occupying force under any circumstances.
The death of Zarqawi will not change any of this. The violence will continue, because the violence has nothing to do with him. He was a symptom, not a cause. Think of Iraq as a cancer patient. By killing Zarqawi, we have indeed cut out one tumor. But the cancer cells have metastasized, and have spread, and there will be a dozen more tumors to replace the one that has been removed. At the end of the day, the occupation itself is the cancer, and until it is removed, the tumors will continue to fester and grow.
Zarqawi does share one distinct similarity with Saddam Hussein. Like Hussein, Zarqawi would never have existed in Iraq without American assistance. There was absolutely no al Qaeda influence whatsoever in Iraq before the invasion and occupation. It was the invasion and occupation that created Zarqawi. He was our Frankenstein monster, and would not have come to exist in Iraq had we not given him life and limb and cause.
Hussein was also an American creation, bolstered and sustained for years because he stood against post-Revolution Iran. We armed him, we funded him, we trained his people. His existence was due to our assistance. He was also our monster, and for too many years, he served our purposes and went unmolested.
That's how it goes over there, it seems. We've turned another corner. Turn enough corners and, eventually, you wind up going in a circle.
84. 2 of those 3 examples don't equal "an end to the violence".
And even the one that's close "beginning of the end of the carnage" doesn't equal it. Furthermore, I never said anything close to it.
For the record, I think too many here react to their prediction of right-wing spin to the point that the spin doesn't even need to take place. In this case, saying the death is meaningless is a preemptive attack on their strawman. At the extreme, you may have noticed some weenies saying that he isn't even dead.
55. No kidding. We've killed all our straw men, Uday, Kusay, now Zarqawi
and probably Saddam will be hung once the trial is over. So why are we still there? Mission accomplished, Mr. pResident. Bring them home and be sure to build lots of psychiatric wings onto VA hospitals because we are going to need them.
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