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April 11, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

CONNECTING THE ZARQAWI DOTS....Who was really responsible for finding and killing Musab al-Zarqawi, the former leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq? And what role did interrogation play in the operation? Marc Lynch has some questions.

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Zarqawi can't be dead. John McCain is still afraid of him.

Posted by: Carl on April 11, 2007 at 7:39 PM | PERMALINK

al, jordan is singular, not plural, its not their.

Posted by: mudwall jackson on April 11, 2007 at 7:57 PM | PERMALINK

Where is Al's post?

Posted by: Sgt Bilko on April 11, 2007 at 8:05 PM | PERMALINK

The article is available only to Atlantic subscribers.

Posted by: cld on April 11, 2007 at 8:11 PM | PERMALINK

Odd how everyone simply carried on with business as usual after the WashPo (reluctantly?) broke the story that Zarqawi's role was part of a CIA disinformation campaign, aimed at the Middle East AND the US population.

But carry on - no need in letting facts get in the way of an easy narrative.

The genuis of US disinformation appears to be there isn't an "opposition" to push uncomfortable questions. The Zarqawi story, for instance, allows Repubs to blame problems in Iraq on al Qaeda(ish) groups, and tie the war in Iraq to the terrorism fight. Zarqawi's story, for the Dems, allows them to point to the existence of Islamic terrorists, in Iraq, as evidence of the administration's incompetence in the war.

This "incompetence" line is perfect for Dems to attack the Repubs from a position of (seeming) strength and hawkishness on foreign policy. Which is why it's the only view you'll hear from Dem politicians, and in the neo-con dominated media. And suck-up wanna-be's, like here, for instance.

Wanna play along? Join with the serious thinkers, like the putzes at TNR. Think just about all of it is complete shit? Then you're a moonbat. Until years from now when the neo-con liars will bleat, "hey, EVERYONE, at that time believed..."

Posted by: luci on April 11, 2007 at 8:11 PM | PERMALINK

Ding Dong the witch is dead, the wicked witch is dead...ol' Zarky is down with Saddam, raising hell down there.

Posted by: nikkolai on April 11, 2007 at 8:25 PM | PERMALINK

Ah yes, the Atlantic, home of liberal hawks. Lots of 24 fans over there. You never know, there may be a ticking bomb.

Posted by: Joe Buck on April 11, 2007 at 8:32 PM | PERMALINK

The one-legged man? The guy who did not look or act anything at all like what we had been told prior to the war? This story is probably a whole-cloth fiction. It is one of the mysteries I hope is resolved when we finally get access to real documents and people willing to talk honestly about the administration. Lots of mysteries in this administration. Not any credibility. Any conspiracy theory you want looks less and less tin-foil. Cheney can't even shoot a friend by accident and not fill a file cabinet or two with lies and cover stories.

Posted by: Sparko on April 11, 2007 at 10:31 PM | PERMALINK

mhr: most progressives did not bother reacting to the Duke case at all--it was a made-for-Fox event. I am glad it kept you entertained. It was designed to distract you from the cost of gasoline and the death and misery in Iraq. Made you feel real outraged, didn't it? Bet it reinforced all those stereotypes you love to believe about the media, liberals, people of color, and yourself. Hope you found Anna Nicole and the Imus story equally innervating! Don't thank me--thank Fox and this administration. Beer and circuses!

Now Zarqawi, if he existed at all, was a contrivance of propaganda, because he was not at all like he had been described. From a man seeking heroic surgery from Hussein (a traumatic amputation), he became a playboy-insurgent-champion-sprinter-nemesis, with nine-lives who was the only thing keeping the insurgency from its last throes. Turns out, that wasn't true either. Like Ken Lay, you have to wonder about who the corpse really was.

Posted by: Sparko on April 12, 2007 at 10:48 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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