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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Up to their old tricks

I'll simply let Josh Marshall's remarks stand for themselves:

Hot on the heels of yesterday's release of the declassified NIE on Al Qaeda, the U.S. military in Baghdad announced today that it has captured a top leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq:

The U.S. command said Wednesday the highest-ranking Iraqi in the leadership of al-Qaida in Iraq has been arrested, adding that information from him indicates the group's foreign-based leadership wields considerable influence over the Iraqi chapter.

First off, the capture took place two weeks ago but was not announced until today. Hmmm, have we seen that before? And the detainee just happened to confess to a greater level of coordination between AQ in Iraq and Osama bin Laden's global AQ, right in line with the official White House line that AQ in Iraq and AQ are one and the same. The White House is already highlighting the capture in its daily email to reporters. Go figure.

Will the public buy into this stuff one more time, after they've been fooled by this ploy repeatedly before? It's difficult to underestimate the intelligence of the American public.


Blogger KISSWeb said...

It's reallly important to keep the pressure on the media to get this right -- not to play the fools as they have so much in the past. What is the hot button for the major figures at the big print and electronic outlets? Some of them seem to have some concern that their once-secure supporters, liberals who believe in the First Amendment and Freedom of the Press a lot more than the wingnuts, no longer have much respect for them. Keep focusing on the NYT and WaPo, though, because the whole industry does not fall too far out of that line.

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