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Saturday, May 15, 2004

Bush Let Zarqawi Go?

From Slate:
The second news story that heaves more burdens on the president comes from an NBC News broadcast by Jim Miklaszewski on March 2. Apparently, Bush had three opportunities, long before the war, to destroy a terrorist camp in northern Iraq run by Abu Musab Zarqawi, the al-Qaida associate who recently cut off the head of Nicholas Berg. But the White House decided not to carry out the attack because, as the story puts it:

[T]he administration feared [that] destroying the terrorist camp in Iraq could undercut its case for war against Saddam.

If this is true, then Bush, who as the article makes clear had much more control over the Kurdish areas of northern Iraq before the war than Saddam did (Saddam had none), allowed one of the world's most dangerous terrorists to operate a terrorist camp there so that he could use it as an excuse to go to war. In effect, Bush was harboring terrorists. Zarqawi was linked to the attempted sarin gas attack in London in January 2003, and has been fingered as the executioner of Nicholas Berg.

I've pretty much given up predicting that THIS is the straw that will break the camel's back, but sheesh! Except for denying that it's true, I don't see any way that anyone on the left or right can spin this in any way that doesn't result in Bush's impeachment and imprisonment. If you believe the hype about the "war on terror," then you must see that Bush hasn't delivered on his promises. If you don't believe the spin, then this is just one more case of Bush lying to get his war.