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June 09, 2006

The NYT performs an inadvertent service.

Pointing out an idiot Pentagon official:

According to a Pentagon official, the Americans finally got one. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the raid are classified, [emphsis mine - perhaps there's a *reason* such details are classifed?] said that an Iraqi informant inside Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia provided the critical piece of intelligence about Mr. Rahman's [i.e., Zarqawi's "spiritual adivser"] meeting with Mr. Zarqawi. The source's identity was not clear — nor was it clear how that source was able to pinpoint Mr. Zarqawi's location without getting killed himself. [Unclear to the Times, perhaps, you can bet al-Qaeda will have figured it out by now - as Dr. Johnson observed " "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." They have the incentive]

"We have a guy on the inside who led us directly to Zarqawi," the official said.

Not any more, we don't. Hopefully because we extracted him, vice other, more grisly, options.

Boy, I shoulda been an anonymous blogger. There's so much more I could talk about, going waaaaay back to the beginning of my career! And here all this time, all I hadda be was anonymous!

Hey, the hafway sophisticated among us were able to connect those dots, certainly. Still, when you are trying to recruit insiders, it just strikes me that having semi-official confirmation of details like this, doesn't make more confidence building among the target audience. Even if we *did* bring this guy in from the cold.

Just sayin'.

But I'm not a high-powered defense official. I only play one on this blog.


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