Creative Destruction

June 8, 2006

Ding Dong the thug is dead

Filed under: War — Adam Gurri @ 6:52 pm

We interrupt this broadcast to bring you the following announcement:

Al-Zarqawi has kicked the bucket!

U.S. warplanes dropped two 500-pound bombs on a house in which Zarqawi was meeting with other insurgent leaders. A U.S. military spokesman said coalition forces pinpointed Zarqawi's location after weeks of tracking the movements of his spiritual adviser, Sheik Abdul Rahman, who also was killed in the blast.

Following the attack, coalition forces raided 17 locations in and around Baghdad, seizing a "treasure trove" of information about terror operations in the country, U.S. Army Major Gen. William B. Caldwell IV told reporters at a military briefing here. Some of the raids focused on targets the United States had been using to monitor Zarqawi's location, Caldwell said.

I'd count this as an excellent victory in the war. 



  1. Um, Didn’t Bush declare the war already won three years ago?

    Comment by Daran — June 9, 2006 @ 3:30 am | Reply

  2. Didn’t Bush declare the war already won three years ago?

    No, he didn’t.

    Instead, he made a rhetorical mistake – he commemorated an inflection point in an unconventional conflict with words that denoted an air of finality.

    That this mistake was readily understandable by everyone who heard it in good faith is revealed by the consideration of a simple query: if Bush believed that the Iraq War was over as he stood on the deck of the aircraft carrier in front of the “Mission Accomplished” banner, then the next day he should have started moving troops – either back home, or towards the next objective in his fascistochimpy plan to make the world safe for Bennigans. Right?

    That he did no such thing is, of course, to all fair-minded observers the obvious signifier necessary to let us understand that the war wasn’t over, just that one particularly violent episode – we might call such an episode a “mission”, were we in a rhetorically generous mood – was concluded. Much as when a coach says “good job, team” at halftime, he is not telling them to go home because the game is over.

    And most everyone understands all of this.

    Excepting those who, for whatever reason, see the need to score rhetorical points against the nation’s chief executive as he leads in time of war. I prefer to think that they don’t understand it; the alternative is too unattractive.

    Comment by Robert — June 9, 2006 @ 4:41 am | Reply

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