It’s sad that within minutes of announcing Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s death, the network morning shows were already carrying criticism of the Bush administration. Not only did NBC invite Sen. Joe Biden so he could attack Bush incompetence (funny day for that!), ABC’s Bill Weir reminded the audience that Zarqawi beheaded American Nicholas Berg, and then replayed Berg’s left-wing dad saying at the time that he had no desire for his son’s killers to be killed. Weir then reported that he spoke to Berg’s father this morning, and he condemned the Zarqawi killing as part of an endless cycle of retribution.
It isn’t sad. It is predictable.
MSM has been trained by Democratic Party cues to view every development in the war through the lens of the political war on the Bush Adminsitration.
News is never “good,” but “long overdue.” Excellent political developments are mere flip-turns en route to another length of anti-Bush diatribe.
Here’s the key analysis you won’t here on MSM today: Had we not invaded Iraq, Zarqawi would not be dead today, but rather ensconced in some Baghdad safe house or larger encampment plotting more savagery. Had we not invaded Iraq, Saddam’s decision menu today would be how much or little assistance to give Zarqawi, followed by the allocation of bribes to his various U.N. oil-for-food stooges, followed by succession planning with his mad-as-hatter sons.
Dan Darling pens a send-off: “Death of a Monster” notes that Zarqawi was “one of the most accomplished mass murderers in the modern history of terrorism.”
17 other raids? From John Burns in the NYT:
General Caldwell said that it took many weeks of painstaking exploitation of intelligence, until Wednesday night they had “definitive, unquestionable” knowledge of Mr. Zarqawi’s location for the first time. He said a “treasure trove” of information was found enabling forces to go after other targets in 17 simultaneous raids in Baghdad and on the outskirts.
Mr. Maliki said the attack that killed Mr. Zarqawi had resulted from a tip that came from Iraqi civilians in the area, which lies in a province, Diyala, that has an evenly balanced population of Shiite and Sunni Arabs, as well as Kurds.
A good day gets even better.