Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Bombing al-Jazeera

Bush apparently wanted to bomb al-Jazeera in Qatar, according to the online Mirror in the UK. The reason would have been the help he thought they were giving to the other side in his Iraq war.

Tony Blair talked him out of it, according to a leaked 10 Downing St memo.

But what's the problem? If their giving aid and comfort to the enemy, that makes them the enemy too, right? Well, for starters, the staff are civilians. Then too, it would be an attack within a friendly nation, with a US base only 10 miles away. Then the backlash would be enormous. We'd be asked to leave the country. Would we? Or would we then become an occupying force?

What an idiot.

Update: Josh Marshall has an analysis. Some say our Idiot in Chief was joking, some say not. There is no doubt that there are two British civil servants under indictment in the UK for violating the Official Secrets Act, so the memo exists, but the government is warning newspapers away from publishing details from the memo.

More at Dailykos.


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