“Al Qaeda’s No. 3 leader killed!” (Again.)

It’s 1984 all over again. Every other day it seems we’ve killed Zarqawi’s top lieutenant or Al Qaeda’s No. 3 man. And the supposedly far-left, anti-war media never clears the record, but instead regurgitates the government’s propaganda. How short can the average American’s attention span be?

The Discussion: 9 Comments

I just posted on the Singapore caning post. But yes, this is an example of what really frustrates me about our country rt. now.

Just over Thanksgiving I had the most unpleasant conversation with a bunch of friends who took the position that anything which the NYT and the “liberal press” spun was BS.

Instead of facing to the real issues facing our country squarely (pensions, healthcare, oil, foreign relations, the ever-dwindling coalition of the willing, education) our leadership is in orbit somewhere about Pluto. And what is the latest controversy over here? The use of “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”!

December 5, 2005 @ 9:08 pm | Comment

Al-who?

Sorry, what were you saying, Richard? I was distracted by “American Idol”.

December 5, 2005 @ 11:50 pm | Comment

Funny, Will.

And Daniel, you’re right.

December 6, 2005 @ 12:09 am | Comment

Wow! Zarqawi has beaten Jesus Christ’s record for rising from the dead! Jesus only had to do it once to make an impression, but Zarqawi does encore after encore…..

December 6, 2005 @ 1:34 am | Comment

Jokes aside, it’s real propaganda question. Al Quaeda is really more of an ideology and de-centralized organization than a monolithic hierarchy, so what difference does it make to kill the “number three guy”, especially if no-one in the US knows who he is?

Very little. Number four will move up to number three, or something to that end. That’s pretty much what Blogenlust is observing.

It’s pretty likely that’s what would happen if we killed OBL himself, the “number one guy”, assuming he’s still alive out there somewhere (pretty quiet these days).

A guy dead here or there means nothing. It’s like the insurgent body counts that the US was temporarily infatuated with, but seems to have backed off of once it became obvious that insurgents are like sharks teeth — always being replaced by the row behind, in infinite succession.

December 6, 2005 @ 1:44 am | Comment

But everytime we make one of these announcements, the powerline/Malkin/Instapuppy crowd gets all gleeful, as though it’s proof positive we are winning. These individuals count for next to nothing at this point, since Al Qaeda is splintered and thriving around the world like never before. Osama Bin Laden is now irrelevant, a mere figurehead, a sick old man in a cave on a dialysis machine (if he’s alive). Ever see the Sorcerer’s Apprentice episode in Disney’s Fantasia? That’s what Al Qaeda is like, a hydra that sprouts ten new heads for every one we lop off. (In other words, it’s just like Will’s description.)

December 6, 2005 @ 2:00 am | Comment

All the American authorities said that the rumours of Zarqawi’s death were just that … rumours, and they were being investigated. The idiot media then ran stories with headlines that seemed to say that he’d been killed, completely ignoring what they’d been told. Finally (and we’re at that stage now) the (genuinely left wing (not to mention stupid)) media turns around and blames the American government for the fact that they misreported the story.

December 6, 2005 @ 6:39 am | Comment

wow, after killing a dozen #2, now expect 30 #3 to be killed or captured int he coming months ๐Ÿ™‚

December 6, 2005 @ 1:05 pm | Comment

Number Four cannot move up yet, he’s still busy working on “weapons of mass destruction-related program activities.”

December 7, 2005 @ 12:14 am | Comment

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