Sunday, April 9

Zarqawi Propped Up

Why doesn't it surprise me that we hear that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the so-called Al Qaida leader in Iraq, was propped up by a military propaganda campaign to make the insurgency seem larger than it was.

(The Other WaPo)The documents state that the U.S. campaign aims to turn Iraqis against Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian, by playing on their perceived dislike of foreigners. U.S. authorities claim some success with that effort, noting that some tribal Iraqi insurgents have attacked Zarqawi loyalists.

For the past two years, U.S. military leaders have been using Iraqi media and other outlets in Baghdad to publicize Zarqawi's role in the insurgency. The documents explicitly list the "U.S. Home Audience" as one of the targets of a broader propaganda campaign.
So if the insurgency wasn't that large, what the hell is going on?