Thursday, June 08, 2006

gosh, another coincidence

Let's see.

The stock market plummets in a few short weeks.
The president's gay-bashing amendment bombs.
Polls for Republicans are in the sewer.
Hurricane season just started.
It's election time again.


Hey, guess what?

We killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, that AK-47-illiterate, sneaker-wearing incompetent terrorist that we bred in Iraq who is so stupid he has eluded us for three years!

Amazing!




And while we're on the topic, if the "mainstream media" really wants to know why it is irrelevant in the manner it is at this time, here's why:

I happened to catch a live bulletin of the breaking story on ABC television at about 1:39 AM Central time. The 24-hour cable news networks didn't disturb their taped reruns of the day's shows until 2:23 AM Central time. No internet news sources had a mention of the story until after that, including ABCnews.com.

The traditional media is useless. Something about tits and nuns comes to mind. Newspapers are regularly lifting independent investigative reporting from internet sites like TPMmuckraker.com and not even giving proper credit to the people who really scuffed the shoe leather to track down the facts and break the stories. Meanwhile, the major corporate sources of news pick their butts and try to change the rules to maintain their positions of power and influence rather than fulfilling the function a free press is supposed to accomplish.


Our country is broken, and I fear more and more every day that it can not be fixed.


UPDATE:
MSNBC is reporting that some of Zarqawi's underlings gave information to US Special Operations personnel that helped lead them to the meeting that was putatively taking place when he was killed. Over the last few months, Zarqawi and Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama Bin Laden's second-in-command, have had some publicized disagreements apparently over operational and jurisdictional differences. It's starting to look like Osama or his people dropped a dime on Zarqawi to rid themselves of a rogue operative that was getting out of hand.

Also, earlier on ABC, a reporter made reference to a claim by unspecified US military personnel that this shows that the oft-ridiculed "another second-in-command Al Qaida" member reported to be killed time after time shows that the US was on this the whole time and was just "nibbling away" at the Al Qaida presence in Iraq in order to follow it to Zarqawi.

Knowing how utterly incompetently this "war" has been fought, I'm afraid I have to go with the dime-dropping conjecture over any patient and methodical macho manhunt by our forces.

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