Thursday, September 29, 2005

The case of the snark-proof story

So Newsweek lets a sliver of reality in, but where the hell are the rest of the MSM on this?
Sept. 28, 2005 - U.S. intelligence officials and counterterrorism analysts are questioning whether a slain terrorist—described by President Bush today as the “second-most-wanted Al Qaeda leader in Iraq”—was as significant a figure as the Bush administration is claiming.

In a brief Rose Garden appearance Wednesday morning, Bush seized on the killing of Abu Azzam by joint U.S-Iraqi forces in a shootout last Sunday as fresh evidence that the United States is turning the tide against the Iraqi insurgency.

“This guy was a brutal killer,” Bush told reporters in remarks that were also carried live on cable TV. “He was one of [Abu Mussab al-]Zarqawi’s top lieutenants. He was reported to be the top operational commander of Al Qaeda in Baghdad.”

Bush’s comments came one day after Gen. Richard Myers, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon that the U.S. military considered Abu Azzam the “No. 2 Al Qaeda operative in Iraq, next to Zarqawi.”

But veteran counterterrorism analyst Evan Kohlmann said today there are ample reasons to question whether Abu Azzam was really the No. 2 figure in the Iraqi insurgency. He noted that U.S. officials have made similar claims about a string of purportedly high-ranking terrorist operatives who had been captured or killed in the past, even though these alleged successes made no discernible dent in the intensity of the insurgency.

If I had a nickel for every No. 2 and No. 3 they’ve arrested or killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, I’d be a millionaire,” says Kohlmann, a New York-based analyst who tracks the Iraq insurgency and who first expressed skepticism about the Azzam claims in a posting on The Counterterrorism Blog ( While agreeing that Azzam—also known as Abdullah Najim Abdullah Mohamed al-Jawari—may have been an important figure, “this guy was not the deputy commander of Al Qaeda,” says Kohlmann.

Come on, the rest of you MSM idiots. The good folks at Blogenlust have done your goddamned homework for you, and listed 32 -- thirty two -- previous lieutenants offered up the same way, with similar fanfare, over the last few years. In a week or a month, they are going to announce the same story yet again. So bookmark this list, and cut and past it into your coverage next time. Easy. Painless. And, on the off chance you still give a rat's ass, accurate for once.

Yeah, I know. If you point out that they have been feeding you shit, you will perforce have to admit swallowing it. But the "double down" gambling scheme only works for so long, folks. Sooner or later, you hit the table limit, and your markers are going to get called.


Blogger SantaBarbarian said...

I tried to post a comment on your "why Atrios" entry...but couldn't.

Blogger...who knows what goes on behind their closed doors. Maybe Atrios is paying them off.

His site might be working a little better but your is BETTER! ;-)

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