Saturday, June 30, 2007

Gen. Baptiste warns Americans not to "conflate Al Qaeda & Iraqi insurgents"

Blurring the lines and hoping that the American public will not be able to tell the difference has become an Administration trademark. Regional "ruling cliques" are attempting the same in their own attempt to direct the blame elsewhere, most notably in Lebanon, where the Armed forces are in their sixth week of combat against Al Qaeda.
Oddly, it was only yesterday when President Bush belittled Al Qaeda's presence in Iraq. But as the fortunes shift, so does the rhetoric. Closer in Rome, and after the deadly attacks against the Spanish contingent in the UNIFIL, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs cautioned Lebanon not to get swamped by "profuse accusations."
See Muckraker here, and Kevin Drum here.

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