Another Al-Qaeda Top Leader Down in Iraq?
Breaking at Pajamas Media.
Iraqi authorities announced that the leader of al-Qaeda’s political front organization the Islamic State of Iraq, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, was killed in the Ghazaliya district in western Baghdad this morning.
Presser scheduled later today: “U.S. military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Garver declined to comment but said a news conference would be held later on Thursday to announce the “success” of an operation against al Qaeda. He stressed that the topic would not be Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq.” (Reuters)
According to one line of thinking, these types of events are futile, irrelevant or useless. It is "obvious" that nothing is going to change the outcome of events in Iraq. Here's the NY Sun writing on the David Broder vs Harry Reid flap:
Mr. Broder's offense? The Pulitzer-prize winning columnist and reporter, 77, wrote a column criticizing the Democratic leader in the Senate, Mr. Reid, for Mr. Reid's comment that the Iraq war "is lost." Mr. Reid, Mr. Broder wrote "is assuredly not a man who misses many opportunities to put his foot in his mouth. In 2005, he attacked Alan Greenspan, then chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, as ‘one of the biggest political hacks we have here in Washington.'" Wrote Mr. Broder, " Reid's verbal wanderings on the war in Iraq are consequential — not just for his party and the Senate but for the more important question of what happens to U.S. policy in that violent country and to the men and women whose lives are at stake." The New York Sun publishes the column today on the adjacent page.
For this Mr. Broder won a rebuke not only from the senators but from the New York Times's Frank Rich, who ridiculed Mr. Broder in his column Sunday and who defended as "obvious" Mr. Reid's assessment that the war is lost.
Is it obvious that if Abu Omar al-Baghdadi is pushing up daisies it would have been a needless death and a waste of time? How much of the future is really obvious to us? And how much of the book of the future remains to be written, where it is not already pre-reported in the New York Times?
This on Liveleak from U.S. Army Specialist Colby Buzzell. How much do we know?