Monday, September 19 2005
INTERVIEWING THE ENEMY:
It's not quite sleeping with them, but a bit unseemly nonetheless. In what I'm sure many on the left will hail as a sterling piece of "objective journalism," Ellen Knickmeyer of the Washington Post turns to an expert to debunk claims by the U.S. military that they're making progress against the insurgency in Iraq:

The fact that American forces still attack entire cities and towns in the west is a sign of how much territory remains out of U.S. and Iraqi government control, said Abu Hatem Dulaimi, a member of the Zarqawi-allied Ansar al-Sunna Army.

"I can say that the legend of the undefeated U.S. Army is gone, owing to our rockets and mines, which are separating them from it day after day," Dulaimi said in a telephone interview. "If they bet that time will be the way to end the resistance, they are wrong, because we are stronger since a year ago or maybe more."

Twenty-five members of Ansar al-Sunna killed themselves and others in suicide attacks last month, he said, and 53 volunteers for suicide attacks have arrived since.

There's nothing quite like getting your enemy's propoganda served up unfiltered in a major American daily newspaper.

Meanwhile, if this little item from the Associated Press is accurate it would seem to merit at least as much attention as Knickmeyer gives to Dulaimi's claims:

A suicide bomber captured before he could blow himself up in a Shiite mosque late last week claimed he was kidnapped, beaten and drugged by insurgents who forced him to take on the mission. The U.S. military on Sunday said its medical tests indicated he was telling the truth.

This sounds remarkably similar to a September 14 DoD briefing where Colonel Robert Brown described the deterioration he's seen in the Iraqi insurgency over time (via Belmont Club):

And as we got to February and March, we saw a completely different foreign fighter. We've captured Libyans. We've captured Saudi, Yemenis, Algerians. And many of these -- one Libyan that we captured about a month and a half ago -- he was clearly brainwashed. And he was told that, you know, what was going on here and brainwashed to come and be a -- what he thought was -- he was going to be a foreign fighter against this crusade against the Muslim religion. He got here. He saw that was not correct. They told he was going to be a suicide martyr. He said he didn't want to do that.

The insurgency may not be in its "last throes" just yet, but these reports along with the fact that Zarqawi has now declared war on the Shiites suggest the insurgency may not be as strong as we think, but is instead scrapping, scraping, and pulling out all the stops to try and derail the coming elections. Iraq the Model, a blog every American should be forced to read, says the next few weeks are the biggest and toughest test Iraqis will ever have to face.

PAUL & TIM MISLEADING THE PUBLIC: What's worse, no correction or a faux correction? According to yesterday's transcript Tim Russert made no mention of the fact that Aaron Broussard's emotional breakdown on the September 4 show was, in reality, a piece of political theater of which many of the details were fabricated with the obvious intent of misleading Mr. Russert's viewers.

Meanwhile, it looks as if Paul Krugman and his ego have been saved by The New York Times' insane decision to lock their columnists in a subscription cage. Now, after two pathetic misfires, Krugman can get that testy and ethical Byron Calame off his back by issuing a real correction - one that Krugman can rest assured only a few people are going to read.- T. Bevan 9:45 am Link | Email | Send To A Friend

 

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