Thursday, March 13, 2008

Pentagon Iraq report part deux

The non-release of the report was pretty weird, but it's possible they leaked to McClatchy early as a trial balloon and didn't like how the headlines were going. ABC has the report and is even suggesting the non-release might be a government conspiracy, fearing the consequences of massive "no operational ties" coverage. As if we haven't already seen this with the 9/11 Commission report.

Thing is, the report can't hurt Bush, it only stands to help Obama and hurt both McCain and Hillary based on the likely spin, which doubtfully would ever include the abstract:
Because Saddam's security organizations and Osama bin Laden's terrorist network operated with similar aims (at least in the short term), considerable overlap was inevitable when monitoring, contacting, financing, and training the same outside groups. This created both the appearance of and, in some way, a "de facto" link between the organizations. At times, these organizations would work together in pursuit of shared goals but still maintain their autonomy and independence because of innate caution and mutual distrust.
Dare we say the MSM 'cherry-picked' this report?

As to Obama, he's sitting on a long thin limb as to Iraq. If anything should ever surface suggesting even the tiniest of connections between Saddam and AQ the man of change will suddenly become the man of burnt toast, as he's staked his entire judgment argument on an early opposition to the war. Dare we blame the MSM for carrying his water on this one?

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