Friday, July 01, 2005

Progress? Last Throes? Visions of Sugar Plums?

Abu Musab al-Zarqwi has thrown down the guantlet.

A propaganda video purportedly made by al-Qaida-linked terror suspect Abu Musab al-Zarqawi shows suicide attacks against U.S. soldiers and Iraqi forces and emphasizes that the war being waged by Iraqi insurgents is in retaliation for America's war against Islam.

"The American soldier is a coward and an easy target for the holy fighters," says a speaker said to be al-Zarqawi, on the undated video, posted on militant Web sites Wednesday.

The 46-minute video opens with old footage of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden walking in a mountainous area before moving to clips of suicide operations across Iraq. The authenticity of the voice couldn't be immediately verified, but the recording sounded similar to al-Zarqawi's previous audio tapes.

He called President Bush an "idiot" for announcing an end to major hostilities in May 2003, saying the war "has just started."

And here I was looking forward to a peaceful weekend. Shit.

You don't think...nah...

no.... don't think that Team Bush had anything to do with the release of the tape, do you? Not the making of it, but the timing of its release? I mean, just because Bush's rally-the-Murkins speech tanked, Afghanistan is exploding anew, Iraq is still burning, and 42% of Americans polled recently wanted him impeached if proven he lied to Congress to wage war, that they'd put this tape out there, showing, indeed proving the ruthlessness of the terrorists, those sick bastards calling our brave troops cowards, to justify the need for more troops come what may....

Team Bush wouldn't do something like that, right?

Oh, what tangled webs we weave...


At 5:05 AM, Blogger Jeff Huber said...

Not out of the question, I just wonder where this tape first emerged.


At 1:56 PM, Blogger Jeff Huber said...

Speaking of Team Bush--

Have you heard Uncle Karl is being outed as the one who blabbed the spy's name?

I'll be oh so interested to see how Rupert Murdoch's Big Brother Broadcasting Conglomerate tries to spin Karl's way out of this one.


At 11:26 AM, Blogger Musmanno said...

Jeff, you're starting to sound like a conspiracy theorist lately? What's up with that? You haven't been listening to Art Bell at night, have you :)

Seriously, though, I don't give much credence to over-arching conspiracy theories. We see them all the time from all sides of various issues. It is exceedingly easy to connect dots in hindsight, whether they were ever really connected in the first place. The comment about Murdoch does in the same category. I'm not much more swayed by that than I was by all the right-wing conspiracy talk about MoveOn, Soros, Kerry, the NY Times, et al.

At 8:33 AM, Blogger Jeff Huber said...

Well, Scott:

If you don't believe that the neo-cons "conspired" to invade Iraq, or that they're trying to control the media, or push the agenda of the religious right, you're ignoring a whole lot of evidence.

Just because the dots connect easily doesn't mean they don't connect.

"Conspiracy theory," "outrageous accusation," "absurd allegation." That all sounds pretty familiar--let's see, pages 10 of the Karl Rove playbook:

"If you're going to pull a scam, make it so big no one will believe it's a scam."

Seriously, Scott, do you really believe these people are on the up and up?


At 11:48 AM, Blogger Jeff Huber said...

To clarify, no I don't think, as Cap suggests, that Team Bush timed the release of the AQ tape--I don't think they had that much control over the global media. (Except for the part of it owned by Murdoch.)



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