Monday, November 28, 2005

"Trusted Lieutenant" 

Check out The Cunning Realist's running count of the many Zarqawi "2nd in Command's" that are caught. This time it's Zarqawi's "Executive Secretary" who was killed (Note: did the dead man find the job posting on Craigslist?)
When our military punches out a constant stream of breathless ham-handed missives about "trusted lieutenants" and "executive secretaries" while our casualties mount and conditions on the ground deteriorate, what does that say about the gap between reality and spin, and what does it imply for our ultimate success or failure in Iraq? And when a Thesaurus determines the content of a short press release about a single individual no one's ever heard of, what does that betray about the military's own confidence in how things are going?


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