Sunday, April 09, 2006

Bush: Zarqawi Da Man!!!

Paging Spc. Flowers ---

It looks like the military's latest effort to mislead the "U.S. Home Audience" involved misportraying the role played by terrorist scumbag Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi. The Washington Post states in its lede:

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.

Again, it appears the tool of choice was a "selective leak" to a New York Times reporter.

This story does, however, serve to remind us of the media's big forgotten story about Zarqawi --- that Bush passed up trying to take Zarqawi out before the war because Bush apparently needed Zarqawi alive to spin the Iraqi-terrorism link (though failing to act has ultimately resulted in an untold number of Iraqi and probably Coalition troop deaths).


  • because Bush apparently needed Zarqawi alive to spin the Iraqi-terrorism link

    Funny, I don't find that assertion in the article. Could be Bush was trying to avoid an international incident while trying to form a coalition. Just maybe...

    By Anonymous geoff, at 11:20 PM  

  • And as to the propaganda article: Osama told us that Zarqawi was his #1 man in Iraq (which may have changed, recently), so Bush didn't need any help tieing him to Al Qaeda or 9/11. The military officer's complaint was that the insurgent elements (Baathists) were as bad as the terrorist elements, but that the terrorists were getting all the press. Small beer.

    But if you truly feel that the Baathists have been neglected, and that that is a serious oversight, then I'm sure you know how to use the power of the Internet to correct the situation. Just tell everybody that the Baathists are at least as bad as Zarqawi, and the problem is solved, right?

    By Anonymous geoff, at 11:28 PM  

  • I heard rumors that the Sunni insurgents (apparently there was a time when the Baathists and other groups were working much more closely together, but I think Al-Sadr has effectively split them) have offered up Zaqawi in exchange for an actual representative government back in November of last year, but as the U.S. has failed to deliver he remains "at large".

    By Blogger J Andrew Morrison, at 11:12 AM  

  • Geoff (aka Spc Flowers):

    Riddle me this: Why is the military playing up Al Zarqawi?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:34 PM  

  • spc Flowers? The spotter for sniper
    herbert Hancock?

    By Blogger Semanticleo, at 4:17 PM  

  • Riddle me this: Why is the military playing up Al Zarqawi?

    From the article:

    The documents state that the U.S. campaign aims to turn Iraqis against Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian, by playing on their perceived dislike of foreigners. U.S. authorities claim some success with that effort, noting that some tribal Iraqi insurgents have attacked Zarqawi loyalists.

    By Anonymous geoff, at 5:37 PM  

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