News Re: This Morning’s NYT Headline
posted by June 11 at 10:21 AMon
As we linked in this morning’s news round-up, the NYT has a front-page story on the Bush administration’s latest strategy in Iraq: Arming and working with the more moderate Sunnis (as in militarized, but not Islamist radicals) to put down al Qaeda.
The NYT article, mostly the splashy headline, puts the emphasis on the fact that this branch of Sunnis was allied with Qaeda, but they fail to make hay out of the bigger, and more damning irony: This is Saddam Hussein’s base. In other words, this is the same faction that was keeping al Qaeda away when Saddam Hussein was in power. (They only linked with the Islamists briefly in wake of U.S. occupation.)
Now, as the article notes, the U.S. is looking to Saddam’s old crew to “bring stability” and perhaps “consolidate the minority Sunni power” against Shiites (Iran) … JUST LIKE SADDAM WAS DOING!
I apologize for the krazy all-caps, but oy vey, man.
Indeed, not only was there zero connection between Saddam and al Qaeda, but Sadamm was a bulwark against radical Islamists.
We are now fighting Saddam’s war. Hey, George Bush, Bite me.