All That Z Left Behind

Shortly after the Z-Man collected his bowl of raisins, I speculated that the intelligence gained from raiding his and other al-Quaeda hideouts in Iraq could well prove more important than the bombing raid itself. Today we’re seeing some evidence of that, notably here and here, but particularly here, in a “state of the insurgency” document captured in the ruins of Zarqawi’s not-so-safe house:

As an overall picture, time has been an element in affecting negatively the forces of the occupying countries, due to the losses they sustain economically in human lives, which are increasing with time. However, here in Iraq, time is now beginning to be of service to the American forces and harmful to the resistance for the following reasons:

1. By allowing the American forces to form the forces of the National Guard, to reinforce them and enable them to undertake military operations against the resistance.

2. By undertaking massive arrest operations, invading regions that have an impact on the resistance, and hence causing the resistance to lose many of its elements.

3. By undertaking a media campaign against the resistance resulting in weakening its influence inside the country and presenting its work as harmful to the population rather than being beneficial to the population.

4. By tightening the resistance’s financial outlets, restricting its moral options and by confiscating its ammunition and weapons.

5. By creating a big division among the ranks of the resistance and jeopardizing its attack operations, it has weakened its influence and internal support of its elements, thus resulting in a decline of the resistance’s assaults.

6. By allowing an increase in the number of countries and elements supporting the occupation or at least allowing to become neutral in their stand toward us in contrast to their previous stand or refusal of the occupation.

7. By taking advantage of the resistance’s mistakes and magnifying them in order to misinform.

Read the whole thing. You’ll have to, since you’re not likely to read or hear much about it in major media reports.


10 Responses to “All That Z Left Behind”

  1. Billy Hollis Says:

    I read the whole thing, and I got an eerie feeling I’d read it somewhere before. Then I realized – it has exactly the same tone as internal memos that are sometimes put out by a failing business.

    I’ve seen those same laundry lists of problems, and the same shotgun attempt at solutions, from a company just about to go belly up.

    Just as in a failing business, whoever is leading wants to believe – has to believe – that it’s possible to turn things around. (If they didn’t believe that, they’d have bugged out by now.) So they are racking their brains to try to understand what to do.

    In retrospect, such documents tend to look like sheerest moonshine. They are the product of desperation, and sometimes borderline delusional thinking.

  2. Nancy Pelosi Says:

    Can’t work, no exit strategy.

  3. TL Says:

    So can we just change the name of this thing to “Will’s Blog” now?

  4. Dan Collins Says:

    Before engaging in sexual relations, formulate an exit strategy.

  5. rosignol Says:

    …and as many teenagers have discovered ‘pulling out’ is an approach that frequently has, er, unintended consequences.

  6. clayny Says:

    Why does Ledeen believe this memo was not found on Zarqawi? He writes: “And by the way, it wasn

  7. AYTQ Says:

    The Utter Dysfunction of the United Nations

    It will take five minutes to read this and another five minutes to take action, proposed below. Please don

  8. Grokodile Says:

    I hope it is all true. However, it really doesn’t change anything from OUR OWN perspective.

    I did like this one in particular…

    3. By undertaking a media campaign against the resistance resulting in weakening its influence inside the country and presenting its work as harmful to the population rather than being beneficial to the population.

    It is important to get the Iraqi people to stand up for themselves, so we can stand down. For the war or against it, I think everyone wants to get the soldiers out of harms way as soon as possible.

    What I have been trying to point out to people in some political circles is that there is a difference between news that makes us feel good about progress and actual progress.

    Bombs are still going off. People are still being abducted. People are still being killed. Trying to search out “good news” in that type of situation is a strange game indeed.

  9. Grub Says:

    Yes, Grokodile, good news has no place in war coverage.

  10. Jay O Says:

    It looks like Zarqawi knows how well Bush’s plan to win the war in Iraq is working. How come the Dems don’t know what the plan is? They keep saying there is no plan or staying the course is no plan. Even though the course we are on is obviously winning the war. They are either idiots or traitors or both.

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