Friday, June 16, 2006

How Conveeeeenient!

posted by The Vidiot @ 1:27 PM Permalink

UPDATE: Now with added snark ... and correct spelling:
Captured papers show weakening insurgency

A document purportedly captured in an al-Qaida hideout portrays the insurgency in Iraq as being in "bleak" shape, saying that it is losing strength and proposing ways to stir up trouble between the U.S. and Iran to divert American attention.
Great news! ... Right? ... Right!? Uhh, maybe not so much:
There was no way to confirm the authenticity of the information attributed to al-Qaida, and U.S. and Iraqi officials offered conflicting accounts of when and where it was seized.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's office said Iraqi forces found the document in al-Zarqawi's hideout after the June 7 U.S. airstrike that killed him.

However, U.S. Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said the document had been taken from a computer in a raid during the three-week operation to track down al-Zarqawi.
Hey fellas, next time you pull the wool over our eyes at least grab the same sheep! When ewe try to ram these talking points down our throats we tend to get a bit testy.

The al-Qaida document said its insurgency was being hurt by an increase in U.S.-trained Iraqi forces, by widespread arrests and seizures of weapons, and by a crackdown on financial outlets. [ED: Aren't those phrases lifted directly from RNC Talking Points?]

According to a translation provided by National Security Adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie, the document said the best way to overcome the "current bleak situation" would be to involve U.S. forces in a "war against another country" or hostile group.

The way to do this, the document said, "is to try and inflame the situation between America and Iran" or between the U.S. and followers of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric.

It suggests carrying out a range of terrorist acts for which it will falsely implicate Iran, including bombings in the West and kidnappings. It also recommends declaring the existence of a relationship between Iran and terrorist groups, and disseminating bogus confessions showing that Iran has weapons of mass destruction.

Vice President Dick Cheney said the document, if authenticated, shows the terrorists know they are losing the war.

The words "are fascinating because they do reveal - obviously whoever wrote them, assuming they are authentic - somebody who believes they are on the losing end of the engagement," Cheney said on the Sean Hannity radio show.
Sounds more like a page out of Karl Rove's ploybook. I mean if you change the country from Iran to Iraq it sounds just like how they got us into this mess:
try and inflame the situation between America and Iraq

declaring the existence of a relationship between Iraq and terrorist groups

disseminate bogus confessions showing that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.
And I agree with Cheney, it does sound like "somebody who believes they are on the losing end of the engagement!"


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