Al-Zarqawi is dead.

[quote name='Msut77']Bush et al are the ones creaming their pants about this, holding it up as some kind of proof that we are turning the corner.[/QUOTE]

You act surprised. *shocker* Politicians spin events to make them look good! In this case it wasn't very hard. Not like too many things are off-limits to such spin, with Democrats gleefully pointing out events like Haditha and Abu Ghraib and Bush pimping his 9/11 repsonse as a triumph in leadership all through the campaign. Of-fucking-course they're going to say: look! we killed a major terrorist! we are getting the job done!
[quote name='Msut77']Just like he was (is?) black right?[/QUOTE]

PAD is black? Nigger, please.

Anyway, did anyone see the little video the Daily Show put together last night of Zarqawi clips with the Bad Day song in the background, like from AI? That shit was hilarious.
Like Hussien himself, this administration (and the zombies who cheer on cue) has a way to crowing about "getting" two-bit enemies, they themselves, made bigger than they actually were.

I can't believe people still fall for it.
[quote name='usickenme']Like Hussien himself, this administration (and the zombies who cheer on cue) has a way to crowing about "getting" two-bit enemies, they themselves, made bigger than they actually were.

I can't believe people still fall for it.[/QUOTE]

Oh that's right, I forgot the Osama-designated leader of al Qaeda in Iraq is a "two-bit" enemy. :roll:
Like I said, I can't believe people still fall for it.

Some senior intelligence officers believe Zarqawi's role may have been overemphasized by the propaganda campaign, which has included leaflets, radio and television broadcasts, Internet postings and at least one leak to an American journalist. Although Zarqawi and other foreign insurgents in Iraq have conducted deadly bombing attacks, they remain "a very small part of the actual numbers," Col. Derek Harvey, who served as a military intelligence officer in Iraq and then was one of the top officers handling Iraq intelligence issues on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told an Army meeting at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., last summer.

In a transcript of the meeting, Harvey said, "Our own focus on Zarqawi has enlarged his caricature, if you will -- made him more important than he really is, in some ways."

"The long-term threat is not Zarqawi or religious extremists, but these former regime types and their friends," said Harvey, who did not return phone calls seeking comment on his remark

He was a terrorist, a killer and I won't shed a tear for the guy. But don't take everything told to you as the gospel truth, el. You look foolish. Any link is suspect at best and the most famous one; Powell's claims to the UN proved to be false.

What is Zarqawi’s affiliation with Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda?
Part of what makes Zarqawi's influence so hard to classify is the broad uncertainty about which groups he helped build. He was often referred to as al-Qaeda's lead operator in Iraq, though just how much contact he had with either Osama bin Laden or other al-Qaeda higher-ups is far from clear.
Experts say Zarqawi and bin Laden most likely met in Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan, in 2000, though it is possible the two met in Peshawar in the early 1990s. Despite their mutual interests, Zarqawi repeatedly refused to join bin Laden's al-Qaeda group, according to widespread accounts. Apparently, Zarqawi could not countenance bin Laden's insistence on targeting the "far enemy," the United States. Rather, Zarqawi directed his animosity toward Israel, Jews generally, and Jordan. At some point in the mid-1990s, after another stint in prison, Zarqawi formed a group called Tawhid, or "Unity." Tawhid was initially funded by the Afghan Taliban government, and its efforts focused on training suicide bombers in a number of camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Even acknowledging an initial administrative separation, there is still a great deal of debate over how much interaction Tawhid has had with bin Laden and al-Qaeda, particularly in the years since Zarqawi's influence has burgeoned. It is known that Zarqawi sent a communiqué to bin Laden in January 2004, which was intercepted by Iraqi Kurds. Coalition authorities also intercepted a July 2005 letter, of unverified authenticity, apparently sent from Ayman al-Zawahiri to Zarqawi. Also, though there is no financial paper trail linking Zarqawi to al-Qaeda, bin Laden at least nominally welcomed "union" with Zarqawi in videotapes broadcast by al-Jazeera—going so far as to call Zarqawi "the emir of the al-Qaeda organization in the land of the Tigris and the Euphrates."
bread's done