We Are Winning

From a recently-intercepted letter, believed to be from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi to the micron-thin corpse of Osama bin Laden:

”The space of movement is starting to get smaller,” it said. ”The grip is starting to be tightened on the holy warriors’ necks and, with the spread of soldiers and police, the future is becoming frightening.”

The statement says the militant movement in Iraq is racing against time to form battalions that can take control of the country ”four months before the formation of the promised Iraqi government, hoping to spoil their plan.” It appears to refer to the government that would take office after the elections scheduled for January 2005.

If the militants fail to take over Iraq, ”we will have to leave for another land to uphold the (Islamic) banner, or until God chooses us as martyrs,” the statement says.

The statement puts the Iraqi militants’ enemies into four categories: the Americans, the Kurds, Iraqi police and soldiers; and the Shiites. Of the Shiites, it says: ”If we succeed in dragging them into sectarian war, we could wake up the Sunnis.”

Rhetorical questions: Why isn’t this the lead story for every American network and newspaper this morning? Isn’t it just a tad more important than Bill Clinton’s book?

UPDATE: According to a detailed and persuasive review by the inestimable Lt. Smash, it’s not the top story because this letter is probably just a re-translation of the earlier al-Zaquari letter. Thanks to Smash for the correction; brickbrats to the AP for mis-identifying the “new” letter in their story.

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12 Responses to “We Are Winning”

  1. The Old European Says:

    Is that a new one? The content seems the same as the one in an intercepted message several months ago.

  2. Will Collier Says:

    Yes, this is a new one, see the bottom of the linked article (the previous letter included the famous “this is suffocation!” note).

  3. Mike M Says:

    Or how about the AQ plot to blow up a shopping mall in Ohio announced yesterday by Ashcroft?

    If I mysteriously stop posting one day, just flip past the Clinton and Kerry stories and see if you can find anything about big explosions buried on page A18…

  4. Tman Says:

    Sounds like the flypaper needs to be replaced.

    Faster, please.

  5. John Beck Says:

    The answer to your question re: why this isn’t being reported is best not contemplated too hard, as it would suggest that the American media is the enemy of the American state and the American people.

  6. Midgard Says:

    This seems to be practically identical to the last letter. The last letter contained almost exactly the same comments. The difference may be that the last letter was actually retrieved from a Zarqawi aide or something, this was posted.

    ‘With the deployment of soldiers and police, the future has become frightening.’ was a (translated) quote from the old story.

  7. Mikel Says:

    Aha, I see it now. Everything that has gone wrong in Iraq begining with the looting, the car bombs, the IEDs and the like, we all know who’s to blame. Its not the Bush administration, no its the evil traitorous press. The press who foolishly reports polls like the recent ones showing that most Iraqis (especially non Kurdish Iraqis) have negative feelings about American troops, instead of properly suppresing them as a trained, compliant press would do.

    The traistor press should all be sent off to Gitmo. How dare they not recycle a few month old story ?

    The funny part is that if anything, the press did not challenge some of the adminisration reports in the build-up to war. 60 minutes publishes a mea culpa admitting that its WMD coverage was bogus, as did the NYTimes. Funnily, those who complain of press bias never see this ..

  8. Dean Says:

    Would that be the same breathless reporting on the looting of the Baghdad Museum? Where tens of thousands of pieces were supposedly whisked off? The looting that never happened?

    That was, of course, right on the heels of the worst military disaster in recent memory, the disastrous march on Baghdad, when the entire 3rd ID was trapped in a sandstorm and annihilated, correct?

    You’d think the government would’ve learned, after the Afghan winter that resulted in the complete destruction of not only tens of thousands of American troops but also the near extinction of the Afghan people, to heed the press when it pontificates and “reports”.

    You ARE discussing these aspects, right, Mikel?

  9. anne Says:

    The reason the media isn’t highlighting this is because it doesn’t make America look bad — and could actually be encouraging news. Period.

  10. Mikel Says:

    Aha, mine eyes have seen the light. There was no looting in Baghdad at all. It was just the evil elitist media showing the same guy carrying the same vase out again and again. It was not the case that (as army engineers reported) that much of Baghdad’s infrastructure had been looted. We even had weapons turning up on scrap metal depots.

    The museum was indeed looted. Admittedly, some of the initial reports of the looting were grossly exaggerated. Confusion and the fact that some items had been apparently been moved away were factors in this. But you know what, a most media pointed this out. The BBC, that communist organization, had a segment on it. Also, much less reported was the fact that the nat4ional archives were also burned and some priceless documents were stolen.

    ‘That was, of course, right on the heels of the worst military disaster in recent memory, the disastrous march on Baghdad, when the entire 3rd ID was trapped in a sandstorm and annihilated, correct? ‘

    I missed that, I’m afraid. I was too busy watching the made-for-TV Jessica Lynch rescue in which the press swallowed what their sources told them. Al credit to this courageous young woman for coming forwward to declaim both the Pentagon spin and the anti-war spin.

    I was also too busy watching TV point out all the flowers and sweets we would get (which we did, for about a week), the massive stockpiles of WMDs, the layers of yellowcake, the mobile biowagons like mobile Ice Cream trucks. I was also busy watching WOlfowitz say the war would cost less Aha, mine eyes have seen the light. There was no looting in Baghdad at all. It was just the evil elitist media showing the same guy carrying the same vase out again and again. It was not the case that (as army engineers reported) that much of Baghdad’s infrastructure had been looted. We even had weapons turning up on scrap metal depots.

    The museum was indeed looted. Admittedly, some of the initial reports of the looting were grossly exaggerated. Confusion and the fact that some items had been apparently been moved away were factors in this. But you know what, a most media pointed this out. The BBC, that communist organization, had a segment on it. Also, much less reported was the fact that the nat4ional archives were also burned and some priceless documents were stolen.

    ‘That was, of course, right on the heels of the worst military disaster in recent memory, the disastrous march on Baghdad, when the entire 3rd ID was trapped in a sandstorm and annihilated, correct? ‘

    I missed that, I’m afraid. I was too busy watching the made-for-TV Jessica Lynch rescue in which the press swallowed what their sources told them. Al credit to this courageous young woman for coming forwward to declaim both the Pentagon spin and the anti-war spin.

    I was also too busy watching TV point out all the flowers and sweets we would get (which we did, for about a week), the massive stockpiles of WMDs, the layers of yellowcake, the mobile biowagons like mobile Ice Cream trucks. I was also busy watching WOlfowitz say the war would cost less < 75 B, instead of 200 B.

    And of course, the press was so quick to jump on the rather absurd claim that terrorist attacks had actually reduced last year (which one wishes were true). Whats thjat ? You mean they didn't say aything till Congress started asking questions, causing a revision ?

    The press does indeed distort and make mistakes. The museum looting was a clear case of that. But far clearer, far more persistent is the way the NYTimes for nearly a year published reports about all the WMDs in Iraq (for which they now admitted they had made a mistake).

    Of course, its all just hunk-dory in Iraq. The evil press, which send embedded repoprters in with the army, which for nearly a year published the same bogus WMD reports (no surprise, they had the same sources such as the administration) is all to blame here.

  11. b-psycho Says:

    Good news doesn’t get ratings. That’s why.

  12. Mike M Says:

    “I was also too busy watching TV point out all the flowers and sweets we would get (which we did, for about a week), the massive stockpiles of WMDs, the layers of yellowcake, the mobile biowagons like mobile Ice Cream trucks.”

    Yeah, which are all buried in the desert and hidden in Syria because of the evil Bush administrations glacial 14-month rush to war.

    But keep on arguing that the media is a tool of the evil Bush administration…that one’s a surefire winner!

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