Mission Accomplished! Again!
David Corn, on the realities and implications of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death, and a little bit of forgotten history:
In March 2004, NBC News' Jim Miklaszewski reported that the White House had three times in 2002 turned down a Pentagon request to attack Zarqawi, who then was believed to be running a weapons lab in northern Iraq--in territory not controlled by Saddam Hussein's government. Miklaszewski wrote that "the administration feared destroying the terrorist camp in Iraq could undercut its case for war against Saddam." That is, the Bush White House let Zarqawi alone so it would have an easier time selling the war in Iraq.
When he was convenient to the administration's interests, he lived. And when he could provide a convenient distraction, he died. His path from a piece of anti-Saddam riffraff tucked away in our no-fly zone to a great anti-American boogeyman shows us how awry intentions can go when they're not the best.