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Tuesday, August 3, 2004
Blinded by Partisanship

By Steven Taylor @ 9:45 am

Writes Kevin Drum today:

The Pakistanis sure as busy. I wonder why they couldn’t do this in the summer of 2002. And the summer of 2003. Why did we wait until the summer of 2004 to put the screws on them?

And how many more miraculous captures of al-Qaeda operatives by the Pakistanis can we look forward to between now and November 2? The question kind of answers itself, doesn’t it?

First, I would note, as I did in a prior post on this topic last Saturday, these captures are good for America, not just good for the Bush administration.

Second, Drum seems to be suggesting that the Paks haven’t done anything until political pressure was brought to bear.

However, I would remind Drum, and all those blinded by partisanship, that this isn’t the case. For example:

  • Abu Zubaydah, a major al Qaeda firgure, was captured in Pakistan in March of 2002.
  • Also in 2002: Ramzi Binalshibh-a main 911 planner.
  • In December of 2002: Pakistan Nabs Al Qaeda Suspects
    Police arrested nine suspected al Qaeda operatives, all members of the same family, in the eastern city of Lahore Thursday. Three of the arrested were Americans and two Canadians, all of Pakistani origin, officials said.

  • In March of 2003, there was the arrest ofKhalid Shaikh Mohammed.

  • March 2003: Yassir al-Jaziri, “a man U.S. government sources say oversees communication among the terror network’s operatives.”

    Ok, so two major arrests in recent weeks along with a captured computer equals more than has been done in preivous years? The evidence suggests otherwise-and this isn’t a complete list of all the captures and kills in Pakistan since 9/11, so enough with the partisan analysis of the most recent arrests.


  • The March 2003 raid that netted Khalid Sheihk Mohammed, also resulted in the capture of Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, the alleged financier of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Update II-In case it isn’t clear: the above are all al Qaeda captures made in Pakistan, often by the Pakistanis by themselves.

    Update III: Part of today’s Beltway Traffic Jam.

    • Backcountry Conservative linked with Al Qaeda Suspects Arrested in Pakistan
    • Mark the Pundit linked with Partisanship at its Worst
    • Arguing with signposts… linked with Partisanship smackdown
    • Backcountry Conservative linked with Today's Terrorism Wrap-Up
    • Wizbang linked with Just in Case
    • Patterico’s Pontifications linked with Pakistan Captured Terrorists Even Before the Democratic Convention
    • Arguing with signposts… linked with Whom to blame?

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