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NYTimes report on infighting over Al Qaeda garners outrage from FOX and Friends

Reported by Chrish - June 30, 2008 -

FOX and Friends reported this morning 6/30/08 that the Bush White House is none too pleased with the New York Times for an article this morning detailing the infighting over the hunt for Osama bin Laden. The Drudge Report had been reporting on the White House displeasure, but according to Steve Doocy that article has disappeared from Drudge's front page.

Steve Doocy was disgusted and indignant that the NYT would publish this article against the administration's wishes because "we're at war," and Gretchen Carlson noted that some people "don't believe" there's a "war on terror." Kilmeade was shrilly outraged that Bush might be hampered from "pulling the trigger" like Bill Clinton was, because we're still dealing with the mentality that says we shouldn't be there (Pakistan, in this case).

The three were in agreement (quel surprise) that the capture of bin Laden is being held up by bureaucrats, and they're not sure if the White House is angry at that too or because the operation has been exposed. The look forward to the White House damage control response.

Comment: Interesting that the Drudge Report's take on Bush administration outrage was taken down; perhaps it was too genuine and did not reflect the yet-to-be-crafted talking points.

The Bush administration, now aiming for Iran (which has even more oil than Iraq), would no doubt be annoyed at a few simple truths in the article:

" The story of how Al Qaeda, whose name is Arabic for “the base,” has gained a new haven is in part a story of American accommodation to President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, whose advisers played down the terrorist threat. It is also a story of how the White House shifted its sights, beginning in 2002, from counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan to preparations for the war in Iraq.

Just as it had on the day before 9/11, Al Qaeda now has a band of terrorist camps from which to plan and train for attacks against Western targets, including the United States. Officials say the new camps are smaller than the ones the group used prior to 2001. However, despite dozens of American missile strikes in Pakistan since 2002, one retired C.I.A. officer estimated that the makeshift training compounds now have as many as 2,000 local and foreign militants, up from several hundred three years ago." ...

"Current and former military and intelligence officials said that the war in Iraq consistently diverted resources and high-level attention from the tribal areas. When American military and intelligence officials requested additional Predator drones to survey the tribal areas, they were told no drones were available because they had been sent to Iraq."

No doubt charges of treason - not real charges, just slander from operative pundits - will be forthcoming for this honest and critical reporting. The content will be largely ignored but the messenger must be punished.