The article is about an alleged blueprint found among Zarqawi’s documents (but maybe they were found in an earlier raid, as well, no one is really saying, wink-wink) “for trying to start a war between the United States and Iran” as AP writes. I read the whole article. It’s just weird, weird, weird. My first thought is that this is some of that black-ops Pentagon propaganda stuff we taxpayers have been paying for that unfortunately made it back to the U.S. traditional media. It just reeks of it, if you ask me. Like this line from the article:
For another view see Juan Cole. Like I said, this thing is weird.
More after the jump.
The document said the insurgency was being hurt by, among other things, the U.S. military’s program to train Iraqi security forces, by massive arrests and seizures of weapons, by tightening the militants’ financial outlets, and by creating divisions within its ranks.
Oh, really? Aren’t those the same talking points being used on Capitol Hill right now?
Here’s my favorite:
“Generally speaking and despite the gloomy present situation, we find that the best solution in order to get out of this crisis is to involve the U.S. forces in waging a war against another country or any hostile groups. . .”
I swear to God that sounds just like what John Bolton said the other day, or last week, or a few months ago, or something.
But this graf made my bullshit detector sound off like an air raid:
The language contained in the document was different from the vocabulary used by al-Qaida statements posted on the Web. For example, it does not refer to the Americans as “Crusaders” nor use the term “rejectionists” to allude to Shiites.
Indeed, it seems the writer is trying to signal this in that weird journalisticese code we mere mortals are not allowed to decode:
Much of what is in the statement from al-Rubaie echoes results that the U.S. military and the Iraqi government say they are seeking. It also appears to reinforce American and Iraqi arguments that al-Qaida in Iraq and its operatives are a group of imported extremists bent on killing innocent civilians.
Our money is being well spent, isn’t it?
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