Friday, September 24, 2004

Renewing Old News Items and why they should be Big News Again

Emanuel Goldstein Al Zarqawi is being bandied about by the Chimperor and his court again. And now come additional stories of how Al Zarqawi is building up a global terror network, one already quite sizeable.

So remember how they decided not to go after him so they could have their war.

But NBC News has learned that long before the war the Bush administration had several chances to wipe out his terrorist operation and perhaps kill Zarqawi himself — but never pulled the trigger...

The Pentagon drew up a second strike plan, and the White House again killed it. By then the administration had set its course for war with Iraq.

“People were more obsessed with developing the coalition to overthrow Saddam than to execute the president’s policy of preemption against terrorists,” according to terrorism expert and former National Security Council member Roger Cressey...

Military officials insist their case for attacking Zarqawi’s operation was airtight, but the administration feared destroying the terrorist camp in Iraq could undercut its case for war against Saddam.

I'm not the first person to suggest Kerry confront Bush with this.

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