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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

US 'allowed Zarqawi to escape'

By Aussiegirl

Last night on the Michael Savage show Mike Scheuer, the former CIA employee, was interviewed and revealed this unbelievable story. Afterwards I searched Google for any articles about this, but all I could find was this from an Australian publication. Let's not forget that in the opening days of the Afghan war, Mullah Omar, head of the Taliban, was in the sights of a helfire missile aboard one of those drones, however lawyers in the DOD refused to give permission for liquidation.

So -- first we have Clinton refusing to take Bin Laden into custody when offered by the Sudan government, now we have Bush refusing to kill Zarqawi, then the fiasco with Mullah Omar. Add to that the ludicrous goings on at Torabora, where for some inexplicable reason several ceasefires were allowed at critical points that allowed Bin Laden to escape, and you have multiple failures on multiple fronts to take concerted action that might have changed the course of the war on terror.

US 'allowed Zarqawi to escape' - World - theage.com.au

By Chris Evans

The United States deliberately passed up repeated opportunities to kill the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, before the March 2003 US-led invasion of that country.

The claim, by former US spy Mike Scheuer, was made in an interview to be shown on ABC TV's Four Corners tonight. [....]

Mr Scheuer was a CIA agent for 22 years - six of them as head of the agency's Osama bin Laden unit - until he resigned in 2004.

He told Four Corners that during 2002, the Bush Administration received detailed intelligence about Zarqawi's training camp in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Mr Scheuer claims that a July 2002 plan to destroy the camp lapsed because "it was more important not to give the Europeans the impression we were gunslingers".

"Mr Bush had Zarqawi in his sights almost every day for a year before the invasion of Iraq and he didn't shoot because they were wining and dining the French in an effort to get them to assist us in the invasion of Iraq," he told Four Corners.

"Almost every day we sent a package to the White House that had overhead imagery of the house he was staying in. It was a terrorist training camp . . . experimenting with ricin and anthrax . . . any collateral damage there would have been terrorists."


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