Wednesday, March 03, 2004

[BLANK] had [BLANK] right in his sights, but he let that dirty terrist get away clean 

Nope. Not Clinton and bin Laden.

Bush and Zarqawi. I have a feeling this might cost him the election, among dozens and dozens of other issues.

From msnbc.com, via blah3.com:

Avoiding Attacking Suspected Terrorist Mastermind

[Who the hell wrote this UNREADABLE headline...?]

By Jim Miklaszewski Correspondent, NBC News

With Tuesday’s attacks, Abu Musab Zarqawi, a Jordanian militant with ties to al-Qaida, is now blamed for more than 700 terrorist killings in Iraq.

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.

In June 2002, U.S. officials say intelligence had revealed that Zarqawi and members of al-Qaida had set up a weapons lab at Kirma, in northern Iraq, producing deadly ricin and cyanide.

The Pentagon quickly drafted plans to attack the camp with cruise missiles and airstrikes and sent it to the White House, where, according to U.S. government sources, the plan was debated to death in the National Security Council.

"Here we had targets, we had opportunities, we had a country willing to support casualties, or risk casualties after 9/11 and we still didn’t do it,” said Michael O’Hanlon, military analyst with the Brookings Institution.

Four months later, intelligence showed Zarqawi was planning to use ricin in terrorist attacks in Europe.

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.

In January 2003, the threat turned real. Police in London arrested six terror suspects and discovered a ricin lab connected to the camp in Iraq.

The Pentagon drew up still another attack plan, and for the third time, the National Security Council killed it.

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.

How stupid can this administration be? How could destroying a terrorist camp in Iraq UNDERCUT ITS CASE FOR WAR AGAINST SADDAM? Haven't we heard unto death itself how Saddam and al Qaeda are in cahoots? Even if it WEREN'T true, this is a perfect opportunity for them to link the Iraq War to the War on Terror.

Is there ANYTHING these boobs CAN'T fuck up? Do we really trust them to run things, when it's obvious they're total morons?


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