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June 16, 2006

Irrational Exuberance Alert

Someone is obviously drinking the Red State kool-aid. Doesn't he realize America is losing this war?

Perhaps the most valuable finds have been al Qaeda planning documents confirming what has been suspected of terrorist strategy. Also valuable have been the al Qaeda assessment of their situation in Iraq. The terrorist strategy is one of desperation. While the effort continues to attempt to trigger a civil war between Sunni and Shia in Iraq, this is seen as a losing proposition. The new strategy attempts to trigger a war between the United States and Iran. This would weaken the United States, and put the hurt on Iran, an arch-enemy of al Qaeda. Other documents stressed the need to manipulate Moslem and Western media. This was to be done by starting rumors of American atrocities, and feeding the media plausible supporting material. Al Qaeda's attitude was that if they could not win in reality, they could at least win imaginary battles via the media.

Zarqawi considered al Qaeda's situation in Iraq as "bleak." The most worrisome development was the growing number of trained Iraqi soldiers and police. These were able to easily spot the foreigners who made up so much of al Qaeda's strength. Moreover, more police and soldiers in an area meant some local civilians would feel safe enough to report al Qaeda activity. The result of all this is that there are far fewer foreign Arabs in Iraq fighting for al Qaeda. The terrorist organization has basically been taken over anti-government Sunni Arabs. That made the capture of Zarqawi even more valuable, as his address book contained a who's who of the anti-government Sunni Arab forces. This group has been hurt badly by last week's raids.

What is good in life? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their women.

Thanks to NB for the Strategy Page link.

Posted by Cassandra at June 16, 2006 06:00 PM


"That is good. That is good."

My favorite part of that scene is where the young Mongol describes his vision of 'what is best,' and the old man answers:


Posted by: Grim at June 16, 2006 07:33 PM

Mongol General: We have won again. That is good! But what is best in life?
Mongolian trainee: The open steppe, fleet horse, falcon on your wrist, wind in your hair!
Mongol General: Wrong! Conan, what is best in life?
Conan: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women!
Mongol General: That is good.


Posted by: OhBloodyHell at June 16, 2006 07:52 PM

I thought that that was the Mongol Khan talking to his son, the prince.

Anyway, North Sverdlovsk's favorite son, Oleg, has chimed in on the army special prosecutor for Haditha thread ( I was late to the party).

Posted by: a former european at June 16, 2006 07:55 PM

Oleg needs to stop making me snort my morning coffee.

I have determined he is an Enemy of the State :)

Posted by: Cassandra at June 16, 2006 08:47 PM

Da, is party-approved Truth to power speakings.

-- Oleg

Posted by: a former european at June 16, 2006 08:54 PM

""lamentation of their women.""

Hmmm Don't know about the last part... I rather like the idea of intact hearing.

Posted by: LarryConley at June 18, 2006 12:50 AM

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