April 28, 2006

Now where have I heard this before?

"Al-Qaida Leader Says U.S. 'Broken' in Iraq" -- headline, Associated Press, April 28, 2006.

"Democrat [Rep. John Murtha] asserts that Army is 'broken'" -- headline, Associated Press, December 2, 2005.

UPDATE (May 1 at 11:35 p.m.): Best of the Web today had a similar take on al Qaida's "broken" comment:

Great Minds Think Alike

"Murtha Assesses U.S. Army as 'Broken' "--headline, Washington Times, Dec. 2, 2005

"Al-Zawahri Says U.S. 'Broken' in Iraq"--headline, Associated Press, April 29, 2006

Meanwhile, my original post has upset the effete, appletini-swishing side of the local blogosphere. I'm sure you all can imagine how much this pains me.

Posted by JakeM at April 28, 2006 08:35 PM | TrackBack

Comments  (We reserve the right to edit and/or delete any comments. If your comment is blocked or won't post, e-mail us and we'll post it for you.)

while i think the connection made in this post is a stretch, i see the loveable mr. garrett has reacted to it in his usual hyper-paranoid style, using the word "hate" as he typically does.

what was it that ticked paul smith off about him -- a post where he said bush was *killing* senior citizens? No, that's not "hate" now is it? :-P

Posted by: anonymost at April 30, 2006 08:50 AM

He's the "anti-hate hater," anon. A living contradiction in terms!

Posted by: Hube at April 30, 2006 04:58 PM

I'd respond to Mr. Garrett on his own site, but no, I'm still banned. Anyway, it's not so much of a stretch to connect these two statements; it proves that the jihadists are monitoring what happens over here, and will use statements like Mr. Murtha's against us in their propaganda. While defeatism like Mr. Murtha's isn't quite treasonous, he and his ilk need to recognize that their words can give aid and comfort to our enemies.

Some of you may be old enough to remember Walter Cronkite's declaration that the war in Vietnam couldn't be won. In the long view, given the corruption and ineffectiveness of the GVN, he was probably correct, but for a respected figure like Cronkite to say so made it a self-fulfilling prophecy. General Vo Nguyen Giap, in his memoirs, recorded surprise at the statement, since the NVA were losing militarily, but knew he'd won the war politically.

Posted by: G Rex at May 1, 2006 10:41 AM

You can't be 22615 serious?!?

Posted by: Mary Box at June 16, 2006 02:04 PM

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