October 14, 2005


Iraq: Al Qaeda says Pentagon fabricated letter (Al Bawaba, 14-10-2005)

A posting on an Islamic Web site Thursday accused Washington of fabricating a letter in which al-Qaeda's No. 2 leader asked for money and laid out the network's plans for expanding in the Middle East. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

"We in al-Qaeda declare that there is no truth to these claims, and they are baseless, except in the imagination of the politicians of the Black (White) House," according to the statement on a Web site known as related to al-Qaeda.

They'll never convince anyone that our intelligence services are that competent.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 14, 2005 12:46 PM

Nothing different than what the left has tried to say for the past 35 years -- the CIA has been portrayed as a bunch of bumbling idiots who either can't find what they're looking for or find things that aren't there, but who nevertheless can pull off assassinations, overthrows of governments, control of world markets or even the domestic drug trade with breathtaking efficency and secrecy. It just depends on which version of the CIA best fits that specific narrative.

Posted by: John at October 14, 2005 1:08 PM

If they're good enough to forge such a letter, and get the Islamists themselves to by it, at least until they realized it damaged them publicly -- apparently it was circulating on Jihadi websites for some time -- then they should've been good enough to plant WMds.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 14, 2005 4:00 PM

Sounds more like what the right has been saying recently: Bush didn't lie about WMD in Iraq -- Rumsfeld didn't lie either, when he said "we know where they are" -- they were given faulty intelligence by the CIA!

As John pointed out, it just depends on which version of the CIA best fits the narrative of the day...

Posted by: AndyS at October 14, 2005 6:34 PM