Using Bees To Effect Vengeance
Sunday, March 07, 2004
From MSNBC: accusations that the Bush administration twice opted not to strike at bona-fide terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (who is the leading suspect in some of the recent, horrific attacks in Baghdad and Kerbala) because it would screw up their plan to invade Iraq.
"Four months later, intelligence showed Zarqawi was planning to use ricin in terrorist attacks in Europe.
The Pentagon drew up a second strike plan, and the White House again killed it. By then the administration had set its course for war with Iraq.
“People were more obsessed with developing the coalition to overthrow Saddam than to execute the president’s policy of preemption against terrorists,” according to terrorism expert and former National Security Council member Roger Cressey."
Josh Marshall's speculation is that "pre-empting" Zarqawi would have been inconvenient since he was operating out of Northern (i.e. non-Saddam-controlled) Iraq.
I don't how much merit this story has -- but it's a very serious charge and deserves further investigation.
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