Posted by Curt on 10 June, 2006 at 6:52 pm. Be the first to comment!


Just when I think I have seen every despicable tactic by the left comes another uppercut to America.  Now the left and their cohorts, the MSM, have decided our troops would risk their careers, their lives, everything just to beat Zarqawi to death.

These people are insane.

And the sad thing is that the left WANTS to believe it.  We have known all along they really don't "support the troops", they think of them as rabid dogs, baby killers, Bushbots.  That's it.  They don't support our military, they don't support our Government, they don't support America except what it can do for them. (via Protein Wisdom )

Does an anonymous report mean a beating happened? No, but the AP is not the National Enquirer and it doesn't print bald accusations. Think about it. Pumped up soldiers on a fresh bombing scene realize they’ve captured the bronze alive (Osama being the gold and Saddam the silver)—what do you think they did, read him his Miranda rights or give him a few little jubilant stomps?

Killing Zarqawi and three women in the house with him was not an act of war. It was an act of retaliatory terrorism. By our government. And I don’t want it to be in my name. Even if he was, as we’re told, the devil incarnate. Violence begets violence. It’s time for the war and the killing to stop.

Yeah, the AP would NEVER print something that was untrue.  Never print something from one eyewitness that could not be corroborated….woops, that is exactly what they did with this story :

The U.S. military flew in two forensic specialists Saturday to examine the remains of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi "to see how he actually died" and to reconstruct the last minutes of his life, a spokesman said.
The examination comes after U.S. authorities altered their initial account of the al-Qaida leader's death, first saying he died outright in a U.S. airstrike, then saying he survived but died soon after.

Also, an Iraqi man raised fresh questions, telling Associated Press Television News that he saw U.S. soldiers beating an injured man resembling al-Zarqawi until blood flowed from his nose.

And the left takes the meat like a hungry cat.  Any whiff that our troops may have acted irresponsibly will be the headline.  No matter if anything can be corroborated or not.  

Remember Korangate? Ishaqigate? Pantanogate? And as time goes by it looks like we can add Hadithagate to the list.

The MSM go out of their way to NOT report the good things that go on in Iraq, and continue to go out of their way to report any…ANY whiff of wrongdoing.

Jeff at Protein Wisdom doesn't let the above moonbats comments go without some serious fisking:

The fact is, I think Jeralyn’s post reveals a lot about certain progressives who pretend to support our troops but who, let’s face it, think of them as little more than rabid dogs with flak jackets and fancy night vision binoculars.  It’s the worst kind of 60s cliche’, really—US soldiers as poorly-led, dope-smoking baby killers who march through foreign lands exterminating the brutes for “revenge”—which makes the suggestion that a carefully-planned airstrike on al Qaeda’s self-proclaimed leader in Iraq is NOT an act of war as predictable as it is ridiculous.  In fact, what Jeralyn calls “retaliatory terrorism” led to 56 subsequent raids that many terrorism experts believe could spell the end of al Qaeda in Iraq.

Hell, the subsequent raids isn't the end of it.  Many believe this attack could spell the end, or at least some serious downgrading of Al-Qaeda in Iraq :

The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi could mark a turning point for al-Qaeda and the global jihadist movement, according to terrorism analysts and intelligence officials.

Until he was killed Wednesday by U.S. forces, the Jordanian-born guerrilla served as Osama bin Laden's proxy in Iraq, attracting hundreds if not thousands of foreign fighters under the al-Qaeda banner. At the same time, Zarqawi had grown into a strategic headache for al-Qaeda's founders by demonstrating an independent streak often at odds with their goals.
[…]Zarqawi gave a boost to the al-Qaeda network by giving it a highly visible presence in Iraq at a time when its original leaders went into hiding or were killed after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. He established al-Qaeda's first military beachhead and training camps outside Afghanistan.

[…]Some European and Arab intelligence officials said they had seen signs before Zarqawi's death that the number of foreign fighters going to Iraq was already waning. For recruitment efforts, the importance of Zarqawi's death "cannot be overestimated," Germany's foreign intelligence chief, Ernst Uhrlau, told the Berlin newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.

Guido Steinberg, an expert on Islamic radicalism at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin, said other groups of foreign fighters that kept a loose alliance with Zarqawi, such as Ansar al-Sunna, might turn away from al-Qaeda in Iraq now that he is gone.

"It's a great loss for the these jihadi networks," said Steinberg, who served as a counterterrorism adviser to Gerhard Schroeder when he was chancellor of Germany. "I don't think there is any person in Iraq able to control this network the way Zarqawi did. It's very decentralized. He was the only person in Iraq who could provide the glue.

"By losing Zarqawi, they run the danger of losing Iraq as a battlefield to the nationalist insurgents and others who aren't interested in bin Laden or the global jihad."

[…]With Zarqawi gone, some analysts said bin Laden's allies would try to re-exert strategic influence over the remains of the al-Qaeda network in Iraq. If al-Qaeda fails to maintain a high-profile stake in the conflict with U.S. forces in the region, the analysts said, its relevance in the jihadist movement will quickly diminish.

But what these dumbasses are worried about is if Zarqawi was beaten before he died.  The man who beheaded Americans and Iraqi's alike.  Was responsible for hundreds if not thousands of innocent men, women and children deaths.  And all they can talk about is how he died.  Amazing.

His death, no matter how he died, is important.  Look at some of the stuff he was planning :

At the time of his death, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was still trying to transform his organization from one focused on the Iraqi insurgency into a global operation capable of striking far beyond Iraq's borders, intelligence experts here and in the West agree.

His recruiting efforts, according to high-ranking Jordanian security officials interviewed Saturday, were threefold: He sought volunteers to fight in Iraq and others to become suicide bombers there, but he also recruited about 300 who went to Iraq for terrorist training and sent them back to their home countries, where they await orders to carry out strikes. 

and how important a victory this bombing was: 

Steven Simon, a former National Security Council staff member now at the Council on Foreign Relations, said: "My sense is that the next step might have been mobilizing his recruitment networks to attack Europeans. That's one reason I think his death makes a difference."

[…]They described Mr. Zarqawi as a strong, smart organizational leader who changed routines any time any of this followers were arrested, and who managed to set up logistical operations in Syria, Iran and Libya that funneled volunteers into Iraq.

As the insurgency became increasingly driven by Iraqis, Mr. Zarqawi expressed an interest in spreading his reach globally, in effect challenging Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri as the leader of a global terrorist war.

[…]The Jordanian officials said that Libya and Tunisia had recently acted against Zarqawi operations.

They said that because Mr. Zarqawi was such a strong leader, they believed Al Qaeda in Iraq would break into smaller groups that would be easier to combat.

"He had total control, authority, over finances, organization," said one official. "He was a decision maker and nobody would disagree with him. We expect that the organization will splinter and will get weaker."

John at Powerline expressed his amazement at the MSM:

I saw most of the press conference early this morning. News of Zarqawi's brief survival immediately led to questions about whether he had been finished off by the troops, and whether our soldiers had tried to render first aid. At one point, a reporter asked whether the published photos of Zarqawi's face had been Photoshopped to make them look more like Zarqawi. I don't think Caldwell had any idea what the guy was talking about; he said Yes, we decided to clean up Zarqawi's face before photographing him. This led to a follow-up question about whether the photos had been digitally enhanced.

At this and other points in the press conference, Gen. Caldwell had the look, I thought, of a normal person who wonders whether he has been transported into a world of lunatics. It seemed that some of the reporters, at least, thought they were on to another "scandal"–Zarqawi murdered by U.S. troops! In cold blood, as Jack Murtha likes to say.

As Sister Toldjah states, it appears the MSM and the left just doesn't like any good news to come the way of Bush and Americas War against Terror:

The MSM has already made it clear they don’t like this development (something they have in common with the hardcore anti-war left Bush-hating crowd). Right now they’re looking for something, anything they can use to detract from the good news that Zarqawi 

[…]It’s the same thing the hardcore anti-war left are doing except they’re doing it in a different way. Instead of worrying about when he met his demise, the anti-war left are saying it’s no big deal, Bush created him, he was just a figurehead, yada yada. But the most interesting thing about that is the fact that the left has asserted for two years now, thanks to this story, that the President “let Zarqawi get away” with the implication being that “Bush is bad! Incompetent! He let this terrorist mastermind who likes to terrorize innocent Iraqis almost as much as our military live to see another day!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

But now that Zarqawi is gone? Their reaction: ‘Bush created him!!!!!!!!!!! Figurehead!!!!! We [the US] have killed more Iraqis than Zarqawi ever did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’. In other words, their b*tching that Bush ‘let him get away’ was nothing but pure BS.

Couldn't of said it better.  The MSM doesn't want the good news and the left will create a reality that fits their skewed vision of the world.  If Zarqawi lives then it's Bush's fault.  If he dies then Bush made him all up.

How these people are even able to clothe themselves without help is beyond me.

Rick Moran finds more proof that the MSM is complicit in the Bush bashing:

Usually, within 24 hours of a major event, we have at least a half dozen “flash polls” that gives us a snapshot of the American people’s attitudes toward that particular story. And, if the story is bad news for the President, we usually get the headline “Bush Approval Drops to Lowest Level in the History of Human Civilization” or some other eye catching drivel.

Have the pollsters taken the weekend off? Maybe they’re watching the World Cup. Or maybe the possibility of a significant bump upwards in the President’s approval ratings would spoil the appetites of network news executives prior to their weekend barbecues.

Whatever the reason, the lack of polls on Zarqawi’s death is eerie, almost like The Cone of Silence has descended over the news media, and a temporary blackout on gauging public opinion has been called for.

[…]Is it possible that news executives believe this story isn’t important enough for one of their instant polls? Well, within 24 hours of the NSA phone records story breaking last month, ABC was on the job using their polling resources to get the public’s reaction. And within 24 hours of Saddam’s capture, every major news outlet had polls out that included the significant jump in the President’s approval ratings. There was even a quickie poll overnight about public reaction to the President’s immigration speech last month.

Not surprising on any account.  Not the fact that the left continues their schizophrenic ways nor the fact that the MSM will downplay any good news for Bush. 

But either way, we ARE winning this war , without the help of the MSM and the left.  

They rose up quickly to take up Osama bin Laden's call for jihad, ruthless men in their 20s and 30s heralded as the next generation of global terror. Two years later, 40 percent are dead, targets of a worldwide crackdown that claimed its biggest victory with the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida's front man in Iraq. […]

A 2004 Associated Press analysis named a dozen young terror suspects as front-line leaders, their hands stained with the blood of attacks from Bali to Baghdad, Casablanca to Madrid.

Al-Zarqawi, who sat atop the 2004 list as the biggest threat after bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahri, died Wednesday when U.S. forces dropped two 500-pound bombs on his hideout northeast of Baghdad. […]

Joining al-Zarqawi in the list of dead militant leaders is Nabil Sahraoui, who took over the North African Salafist Group for Call and Combat in 2004 and announced that he was merging it with al-Qaida. Sahraoui did not have much time to savor his power play. The militant, who was in his 30s, was gunned down by Algerian troops that same year east of Algiers.

Habib Akdas, the accused ringleader of the 2003 bombings in Istanbul, Turkey, and another member of the class of 2004, died during the U.S. bombardment of the Iraqi city of Fallujah in November of that year, according to the testimony of an al-Qaida suspect in U.S. custody. Turkish security forces believe the account and say Akdas, who was also in his 30s, is dead.

Syrian-born Loa'i Mohammad Haj Bakr al-Saqa, who has emerged as an even more senior leader of the Istanbul bombings, but who was not included in the 2004 list of top terror suspects, is in a Turkish jail awaiting trial on terror charges.

Two other men who were on the 2004 list met their ends at the hands of security forces in Saudi Arabia.

Abdulaziz al-Moqrin, 30, who rose from high school dropout to become al-Qaida's leader in the kingdom, was cornered and killed by security forces in Riyadh in 2004, shortly after he masterminded the kidnapping and beheading of American engineer Paul M. Johnson.

In 2005, Saudi forces shot and killed Abdelkrim Mejjati, a Moroccan in his late 30s who was believed to have played a leading role in the May 2003 bombings in Casablanca that killed more than 30 people. Mejjati came from a privileged background, attending an exclusive French school in Morocco before turning to terrorism. He was sent to Saudi Arabia on bin Laden's orders, becoming one of the kingdom's most wanted men.

For most of those at large, life is anything but easy.

I have to end this rant with Ed Morrissey's thoughts.   

I must admit that my one regret on hearing the news early yesterday morning was the assumption that Zarqawi went so quickly as to be ignorant as to who engineered his exit. 

Excellent point.  He knew as he died who had finally killed him, and as Mike at Mike's America said, his probable last words was


Yippie Ki Yay Mother Effer

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Just when I think I have seen every despicable tactic by the left comes another uppercut to America. Now the left and their cohorts, the MSM, have decided our troops would risk their careers, their lives, everything just to beat Zarqawi to death.

These people are insane.

And the sad thing is that the left WANTS to believe it. We have known all along they really don’t “support the troops”, they think of them as rabid dogs, baby killers, Bushbots. That’s it. They don’t support our military, they don’t support our Government, they don’t support America except what it can do for them.

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