June 9, 2006


Al-Zarqawi said to survive airstrike (ROBERT BURNS, 6/09/06, AP)

A mortally wounded Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, still alive after a U.S. airstrike on his hideout, mumbled briefly and attempted to "turn away off the stretcher" he had been placed on by Iraqi police, the U.S. military said Friday.

One of the biggest mistakes of the war was not letting them do Saddam immediately too.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 9, 2006 12:26 PM

As with Pablo Escobar (who was quite obviously executed), capturing the likes of Zarqawi and Saddam (and Osama, but we know he's dead already, don't we?) is far, far more trouble than it's worth. Witness the Milosevic fiasco.

Posted by: b at June 9, 2006 12:30 PM

"I'm not dead . . . I'm getting better . . . I think I'll go for a walk . . . I feel happy, I feel happy--" WHOMP!

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 9, 2006 12:35 PM

What did he mumble, anyway? "Allah has betrayed me?" "Rosebud?"

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 9, 2006 12:37 PM


Posted by: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi at June 9, 2006 12:41 PM

Whoa! That's kinda creepy.... So, how's that paradise treating you?

Posted by: Jay at June 9, 2006 1:18 PM

"That b*tch set me up!"

Posted by: Marion Zarqawi at June 9, 2006 1:34 PM

"I did not have sexual relations with that rasin."

"The era of big insurgency is over."

"No soup for you."

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 9, 2006 1:49 PM

"Damn you, Mendoza!"

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 9, 2006 1:52 PM

"I blame society..."

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 9, 2006 2:07 PM

"Ahhh, if only 60,000 votes in Ohio had switched".

Posted by: ratbert at June 9, 2006 2:09 PM

The two laser guided 500 lb bombs that landed on Zarqawi's head. $40,000.
Reward for whoever ratted the SOB out. $25 million.
Steaks and beer for the pilots, intelligence and Special Ops guys who made it happen. $1,000.
The look on Z-Man's face when he saw Americans coming to cart him off to the morgue. Priceless.

Posted by: JonSk at June 9, 2006 3:01 PM

"I drank what?"

Posted by: Mike Beversluis at June 9, 2006 3:02 PM

"The spokesman also disclosed that Zarqawi was still alive when U.S. troops arrived on the scene..."

Let's hope one of the Task Force 145 members knew how to say "President Bush sends his regards." in Arabic.

Posted by: Rick T. at June 9, 2006 3:22 PM

This made me chuckle:

I hope we did him and he did not just expire. Che was done in similarly. Maybe Z-man can get some dorm room poster and t-shirt action.

Posted by: JAB at June 9, 2006 3:23 PM

You think you've seen everything and then you hear Americans arguing that unless our troops "eased his pain", we're as bad as Zarqawi.

Posted by: David Cohen at June 9, 2006 7:02 PM

"I have rights! I want a lawyer! Call Congressman Murtha! Hay, you can't do that, that's torture! Aghhhh..."

Posted by: Dave W at June 9, 2006 11:42 PM

"Dang, that'll leave a mark."

Posted by: AllenS at June 10, 2006 7:40 AM

I think we're safe, we eased his pain to the max.

Posted by: erp at June 10, 2006 2:52 PM