Most Democratic Party leaders and their legion of allies in MSM have worked hard to convince Americans Al Qaida is not heavily involved in Iraq.
They’ve said the “Al Qaida involvement claim" is something neo-cons made up, and President Bush knowingly and wrongly endorsed.
Now along come Osama bin Ladan and his chief deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, to tell us the Dems and their MSM allies have been misleading us.
From the AP just minutes ago:
Osama bin Laden warned Iraq's Sunni Arabs against joining tribal councils fighting al-Qaida or participating in any unity government in a new audiotape posted on the Web on Saturday.Bin Laden’s right when he says “U.S. and Iraqi officials are seeking to set up a ‘national unity government’ joining the country's Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds”
Bin Laden also made an unusally (sic) sharp threat of attacks against Israel, saying, "I would like to assure our people in Palestine that we will expand our jihad there." ...
Most of the 56-minute tape dealt with Iraq, in the latest attempt by al-Qaida to keep its supporters and other insurgents in Iraq unified behind it at a time when the U.S. military claims to have al-Qaida's Iraq branch on the run.
A number of Sunni Arab tribes in Iraq's western Anbar province have formed a coalition fighting al-Qaida-linked insurgents that U.S. officials credit for deeply reducing violence in the province. The U.S. military has been working to form similar "Awakening Councils" in other areas of Iraq.
In the audiotape, bin Laden denounced Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, the former leader of the Anbar Awakening Council, who was killed in a September bombing claimed by al-Qaida.
"The most evil of the traitors are those who trade away their religion for the sake of their mortal life," bin Laden said.
Bin Laden said U.S. and Iraqi officials are seeking to set up a "national unity government" joining the country's Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds.
And he knows that can’t happen without the stabilizing presence of America’s military in Iraq.
I’ll bet he wants to “Bring the troops home” even more than John Edwards, John Murtha, Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi and Barak Obama.
The AP story continues with Osama explaining why he want America to “Bring the troops home.”
"Our duty is to foil these dangerous schemes, which try to prevent the establishment of an Islamic state in Iraq, which would be a wall of resistance against American schemes to divide Iraq," he said.Folks, here’s a very safe prediction: Tomorrow, on the Sunday interview programs, leading Dems who scoffed at Al Qaida in Iraq claims will be saying, “Not me. What I meant was ...”
The authenticity of the tape could not be independently confirmed. But the voice resembled that of bin Laden. The tape was posted on an Islamic militant Web site where al-Qaida's media arm, Al-Sahab, issues the group's messages.
The tape was the fifth message released by bin Laden this year, a flurry of activity after he went more than a year without issuing any tapes. The messages began with a Sept. 8 video that showed bin Laden for the first time in nearly three years. The other messages this year have been audiotapes.
In an October tape, bin Laden sought to patch up splits between Iraqi insurgent factions, urging them to unite with the Islamic State of Iraq - the insurgent coalition led by al-Qaida.
He took a conciliatory stance, chiding even al-Qaida's followers for being too "extremist" in their positions toward other insurgents.
Bin Laden's deputy Ayman al-Zawahri took a sharper tone in a Dec. 16 video, branding as "traitors" those who work with the anti-Qaida tribal councils and calling for Sunnis to purge anyone cooperating with the Americans.
That won't be hard for them to do because, for the most part, their MSM hosts/questioners will be asking "softball questions" and won't hold their fellow Dems to account.
Here’s another very safe prediction: Almost all of those in MSM who’ve gotten it wrong regarding Al Qaida in Iraq won’t step forward and say they were wrong.
But a few may.
I’ll be interested to hear what those few say: not to gloat, but to pay attention to people who have enough character and respect for their readers to say, “I was wrong.”
The entire AP story is here.