Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Politics trumps national security

"President Bush is using declassified intelligence on bin Laden's 2005 non-Iraq terror units in hopes of rallying support for his war in Iraq."

The bulletin warned that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a senior bin Laden operative in Iraq, was enlisted for plotting strikes in the United States. At the time the bulletin was described as credible but not specific.

The administration was not convinced enough to raise the National terror alert level.

In the first place, some pundit should point out that declassifying information for PR purposes is pretty damned disgusting.

And in the second place, it is a damning measurement of Bush's total lack of credibility that the above move has elicited a great, big, national yawn.

1 comment:

Ted W said...

The other point lost on many Americans in this story will be that this is confirmation that Bin Laden had no presence in Iraq. In other words, the mere fact that Bin Laden was attempting to ESTABLISH a presence in Iraq is indicative of the fact that he was not operating, in any capacity, in Iraq.
The sad thing is that this administration believes, and perhaps rightfully so, that the mere mention of Bin Laden and Iraq in the same sentences will establish a link between the two in American minds.
The saddest part of all of this is that the 4th estate has not lambasted the white house for its repeated attempts to connect Bin Laden and 9-11 to Iraq.
Kudos to you, and the many other bloggers who continue to report the facts. Keep up the solid work. It is appreciated.