Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Teddy's Timing About as Bad as His Ramblings

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy took a certain amount of glee in "celebrating" an anniversary that most Americans would rather forget or at least move on from. (Wonder if the media will speculate on how he's trying to capitalize on this the way they slammed conservatives for trying to leverage the Terri Schiavo situation?)

STATEMENT BY SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON ANNIVERSARY OF ABU GHRAIB SCANDAL

http://www.drudgereport.com/matttd.htm

The senior senator from Massachusetts took the occasion of one of the more regrettable -- and embarrassing -- episodes in US military history to try to score some political points against his hated president. (You know, the one who naively named an education bill in honor of Mr. Kennedy in his first term).

In my opinion, either he's back on the bottle or he should consider hitting it again. Because if his writing is an example of a sober, lucid teatoller he should stick to the fundraising circuit.


Anyway, his timing couldn't come at a worse time to basically disprove the major blatherings of his missive today. Somewhere between his whining about how "nobody likes us anymore" and how hopeless and inadequate the Administration's policies have been in the Middle East, come these headlines:

Cleric convicted of promoting war against U.S.
D.C.-area
Muslim urged followers to help Taliban

Ali al-Timimi, 41, was convicted on all 10 counts of an indictment brought in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/04/26/cleric.trial/index.html


Sources: U.S. nearly catches al-Zarqawi
Vehicle chase nets bin Laden
lieutenant instead

The sourceWASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. troops nearly captured wanted terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi earlier this year in Iraq -- and instead netted a trusted lieutenant of Osama bin Laden, sources said Monday.

The sources said it's a significant find -- a clear indication that al-Zarqawi and bin Laden are in two-way communications and that bin Laden couriers are able to get into Iraq. Al-Zarqawi is a Jordanian-born terrorist whose group has claimed responsibility for numerous car bombings, kidnappings and beheadings in Iraq.


http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/04/26/iraq.zarqawi/index.html

Last Syrian troops leave Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) -- The last Syrian soldiers have left Lebanon, surrendering to international and Lebanese popular demands and ending its 29-year military presence in its smaller neighbor.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/04/26/lebanon/index.html


Abbas Names Tough New Palestinian Security Chief

GAZA (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday named a tough new
commander for Palestinian internal security who helped lead a 1990s crackdown on
Islamic militants, officials said.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&ncid=721&e=1&u=/nm/20050426/wl_nm/mideast_palestinians_dc&sid=84439559

U.S. Likely to Clear GIs in Iraq Shooting

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=542&ncid=718&e=5&u=/ap/20050426/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_italy_iraq

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