June 13, 2006


Zarqawi successor the new target (Stephen Dinan, June 13, 2006, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

President Bush said yesterday that U.S. forces will now hunt down the next leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, who was named by a Web site as the replacement for slain terrorist Abu Musab Zarqawi.

"The successor to Zarqawi is going to be on our list to bring to justice," Mr. Bush said after spending the day discussing strategy with U.S. officials at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.

Al-Muhajer was not among the names that U.S. intelligence officials reportedly expected as successors. His name was posted on a Web site used by al Qaeda in Iraq, which called him "a beloved brother with jihadi experience and a strong footing in knowledge," according to the Associated Press.

And one foot in the grave.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 13, 2006 8:27 AM

It would definitely bolster our credibiity to do this fellow right now.

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 13, 2006 9:12 AM

And one foot in the grave.

And the other on a live grenade.

Posted by: AC at June 13, 2006 10:23 AM

This almost makes me wonder if someone just stuck the equivalent of a "Kill Me" sign on the guy's back by actually naming him as leader.

Posted by: Jay at June 13, 2006 11:00 AM

You know your organization is in trouble when …

* Naming him to be the CEO is how you eliminate a rival.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at June 13, 2006 11:18 AM

"...Al-Muhajer was not among the names that U.S. intelligence officials reportedly expected as successors..."

Gee, U.S. intelligence getting caught off-guard, stop the presses...

Posted by: Just John at June 13, 2006 7:35 PM

Actually, the phrase is
"one foot in the grave, the other on a banana peel".
I know because I frequently use it to describe my life, or lack thereof.

Posted by: Mike Daley at June 13, 2006 11:18 PM