Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Thursday, July 29, 2004
TNR reported a few weeks back that the Bush administration was pressuring Pakistan to announce the arrest of a major Al Qaeda target during the Democratic Convention. Here it is.
Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani is one of the 22 terrorist operatives on the famous list published shortly after 9/11, and allegedly involved in the bloody embassy bombings of 1998. That he is no longer in circulation is unambiguous good news. That the story states he was apprehended "a few days ago" is hard to read as anything but confirmation of TNR's story.
This looks, though, like another sign of sloppiness in the White House PR campaign. The arrest of OBL would be such a dominant story that the oxygen would be sucked out of Kerry's speech; the arrest of a second level murderer who most people have never heard of will have little effect. At the same time, the announcement on the day of Kerry's speech, just after the plan was described in a magazine that everybody in Washington reads, is so obvious that even the Washington media will be tempted to ask questions about it.