"He's the guy who arranged the bombing of the Samarra Mosque that precipitated the sectarian violence between Shia and Sunni."Why would he say such a thing? Yes, it's fair to say that the Samarra Mosque bombing was the tipping point that led to civil war. It was certainly a brilliant and daring piece of strategy from somebody who wanted civil war. But Al Zarqawi didn't do it, of course. So who did...???
At the time, I said that this was a US PysOps job, and I have seen nothing since to dissuade me. Locals said US forces were unusually active in the area that night. Anyone who knew about Honduran death squads would know about playing your enemies off against one another. The Bush administration is stacked with such people, and their main man in Baghdad was right in the thick of Iran-Contra (as was George H. W. Bush and his boyz).
Why would Cheney casually try to pin this major operation (the logistics were professional) on Al Zarqawi?
If he has hard evidence to the fact, why would he not have revealed it long ago? If he has no evidence, why make up such a thing, unless he is trying to cover up his own involvement?
Sure, he is playing to his base, trying to muddy the waters, giving the stoopid Bush-loving dawgs a bone to chew on. But such big lies do not slip off the tongue so easily unless they have been carefully rehearsed.
Dan Froomkin and TPM have more on Cheney's latest brain-dump.
Personally, I think the US military operation in Iraq has been run by the same bloody US murderers who brought us the Iran-Contra scandal, using the same blood-thirsty death squad tactics, and I believe that this is the main reason why Iraq's morgues are still seeing 50 to 100 tortured corpses every day.
Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat their mistakes.