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Thursday, September 29, 2005

The 'Second' Man's unsurprising plot twist


News Item:
U.S. intelligence officials and counterterrorism analysts are questioning whether a slain terrorist—described by President Bush today as the “second-most-wanted Al Qaeda leader in Iraq”—was as significant a figure as the Bush administration is claiming.

“If I had a nickel for every No. 2 and No. 3 they’ve arrested or killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, I’d be a millionaire,” says Kohlmann, a New York-based analyst who tracks the Iraq insurgency and who first expressed skepticism about the Azzam claims in a posting on The Counterterrorism Blog (counterterror.typepad.com). While agreeing that Azzam—also known as Abdullah Najim Abdullah Mohamed al-Jawari—may have been an important figure, “this guy was not the deputy commander of Al Qaeda,” says Kohlmann.
Is Rumsfeld channeling Orson Welles, gorging on the blood of dead Iraqi children while trying to outdo the dead director's ouvre. First, incessant remakes of The Second Man. What next, Citizen Hussein? Or Taste of Evil?

Current mood: déjà indigestion.

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