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Anne Kornblut, Sarah Palin, and Iraq

As Jen noted below, and Bill Kristol did last night, the Washington Post apparently thought it had caught Sarah Palin in what liberals believe (besides lying us into war) is one of the great swindles of the past half-decade, the idea that there was a connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda. As Kristol wrote,

Palin is evidently saying that American soldiers are going to Iraq to defend innocent Iraqis from al Qaeda in Iraq, a group that is related to al Qaeda, which did plan and carry out the Sept. 11 attacks. It makes no sense for Kornblut to claim that Palin is arguing here that Saddam Hussein’s regime carried out 9/11–obviously Palin isn’t saying that our soldiers are now going over to Iraq to fight Saddam’s regime. Palin isn’t linking Saddam to 9/11. She’s linking al Qaeda in Iraq to al Qaeda.

Tony Badran at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies must have perfect timing, because he has just translated a collection of recently-intercepted communiqués between (drum roll please) the senior leadership of Al-Qaeda in Pakistan and the leadership of Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI).

The main theme of this correspondence relates to AQI leader Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, a.k.a. Abu Ayyub al-Masri. It details criticism of his performance, and complaints about his capability to continue in his role. The complaints and criticism come from Judge Abu Sulayman al-‘Utaybi, the former head of the legal system of AQI’s Islamic State. Abu Sulayman had traveled to Pakistan/Afghanistan to personally voice his concerns regarding al-Masri, attesting to the urgency he felt about this issue. We know that al-‘Utaybi was indeed in the area, as he was killed by a U.S. strike in Afghstnian’s Paktia province in May 2008.

Read the whole thing here. It is hard to escape an obvious conclusion, which is that the inexperienced backwoods lightweight Republican VP nominee understands what’s happening in Iraq quite a bit better than do certain reporters and editors at the Washington Post. Over to you, Ms. Kornblut.



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