Wednesday, December 20, 2006

"Trusted Lieutenant" Watch

The U.S. military on Wednesday said American-led coalition forces captured a senior al Qaeda in Iraq leader last week in the northern city of Mosul.

Five others described as "suspected terrorists" were arrested in Thursday's operation.

The leader wasn't identified, but the U.S. military said he is implicated in insurgent activities in Mosul and the Karkh region of Baghdad last year when he was a "military emir."
The operative question remains: How much more success against "al Qaeda in Iraq" can we endure?

Update: James Taranto seizes upon this as an "Ah-HA!" moment and asks, "Haven't we been hearing for years that al Qaeda has nothing to do with Iraq?" Well, no. TCR readers, please feel free to send him the links to the last dozen or so "Trusted Lieutenant Watches." In the meantime, I'll give him a lifetime subscription to Centcom's website for Christmas.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You cannot believe a damned thing that THIS president says.
I'd need at least FOUR independent verifications of anything coming out of THIS White House or from its mouthpieces.

12/20/2006 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a "military emir" eh?

That's right, folks, the US Embassy in Baghdad has six fluent Arabic speakers.

I'd like to congratulate the US military for speaking with a remarkable level of incompetent redundancy. If I were some liberal pantywaist, I'd say something about orientalism, but "military emir" is "military commander" if taken literally from classical. And while in Classical, it can also be deployed as "Commander of the faithful" the formula has lost out to the more militant inclination.

Just sayin'. Fight the enemy, learn the language.

12/20/2006 11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lolita C. Baldor wrote that article and maybe OTB's comments make more sense. It's things trading.

12/21/2006 12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bp condi on moaning...

12/21/2006 7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bp condi on 'investment' of money and human lives in iraq (her then lives)...

12/21/2006 11:24 PM  
Blogger Anderson said...

Taranto's credibility is down around the level of Hugh Hewett's. It's so sad when someone tries to look clever & just makes himself look stupid.

12/22/2006 5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/03/2007 10:40 AM  

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