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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Saturday, June 09, 2007

It's all Al Qaeda in Iraq

I thought this was an interesting argument from an AP article asking why the Bush administration "highlights" Al Qaeda in Iraq.
Bush's warning about al-Qaida and Iraq "serves mostly to buttress the administration's claim that Iraq's problems are the work of outsiders, and not the result of the administration's mismanagement of the occupation and internal Iraqi factionalism," said Steven Simon, a Middle East expert at the Council on Foreign Relations.

(Apparently, I'm doing quotes today.)


  • the percentage of al -qaeda compared to local groups is very low.

    ps i borrowed your bush beer photos and linked to you

    By Anonymous michael greenwell, at 7:36 AM  

  • Al Qaeda is a smaller group relative to the "placement" it gets, but they do punch bigger than their size.

    I thought this was a very interesting discussion of why Al Qaeda is rhetorically emphasized as the key problem in Iraq.

    The key problem in Iraq is a lack of settlement between the mainline Sunnis and Shias and that's gonna take forever.

    On the photos, of course. You should know however that the best blogger guess right now is that it was near beer.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 11:36 AM  

  • i mentioned the near beer thing

    however, there is also this, admittedly from a long time ago...


    By Anonymous michael greenwell, at 11:40 AM  

  • Oh, the rumors and reports have been around for awhile, and I don't have proof one way or the other, I just didn't want to set you up blind using those pictures.

    I didn't get any comments, so I let it go without update, but I'd hate to set you up to get slammed, so I mention the near beer.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 1:43 PM  

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