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President Bush to Comment on Zarqawi's Death

As Talksmack reported early this morning, Abu Musab al Zarqawi was killed in an airstrike on his safehouse in Baquba 40 miles north of Baghdad.

President Bush is expected to comment on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death at 7:30 am ET.

Update: Here are some of President Bush's comments:

"At 6:15 Baghdad time special operation forces acting on tips and intelligence from Iraqis confirmed Zarqawi's location and delivered justice to the most wanted terrorist in Iraq."


"Zarqawi was operational commander of the terrorist movement in Iraq. He led a campaign of car bombings, assassinations, and suicide attacks that has taken the lives of many American forces and thousands of innocent Iraqis."

"Zarqawi personally beheaded American hostages and other civilians in Iraq. He masterminded the destruction of United Nation Headquarters in Baghdad. He was responsible for the assassination of an American diplomat in Jordan, the bombing of a hotel in Amman. Through his every action, he sought to defeat american and our coalition partners and turn Iraq into a safe haven from which al Qaeda could wage its war on free nations. To achieve these ends he worked to divide Iraqis and incite civil war."

"Now Zarqawi has met his end, and this violent man will never murder again. Iraqis can be justly proud of their new government and its early steps to improve their security. And Americans can be enormously proud of the men and women of the armed forces who worked tirelessly with their Iraqi counterparts to track down this brutal terrorist and to put him out of business."

"On behalf of all Americans I congratulate our troops in this remarkable acheivement. Zarqawi is dead."

Update: Tony Blair's comments:

"The death of al Zarqawi is a strike against al Qaeda in Iraq and, therefore, a strike against al Qaeda everywhere. But we should have no illusions. We know that they will continue to kill. We know there are many, many obstacles to overcome. But they also know that our determination to defeat them is total."

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Comments (31)

What Bush should say: "Na-n... (Below threshold)

What Bush should say: "Na-na-na, hey, hey, goodbye. Allah will run out of virgins before we run out of bullets."

What I'm looking forward to... (Below threshold)
sanssoucy:

What I'm looking forward to is a full day of cheerfully scouring the MSM for the inevitable stories patiently explaining why the killing of this scumbag is really *BAD* for America and the Bush Administration.

SS

It is great that the terroi... (Below threshold)

It is great that the terroist is dead, but I think the conflict in Iraq comes from within the new Government. The government rulers have hidden agendas, Al-Zarqawi was an outsider, the unrest comes from within the government.

So glad, so sad.Ma... (Below threshold)
JohnMc:

So glad, so sad.

May he rot in the netherregions.

It is wonderful news. Of c... (Below threshold)
cmd:

It is wonderful news. Of course, I live in Massachusetts, so you can hear the wails of grief echoing up from Harvard Yard and Morrisey Boulevard (home of the Boston Globe) now. Poor, poor Zarqawi. Why didn't the troops have the guts to kill him like a man instead of dropping bombs on him like the cowardly terrorist baby-killing Bushbots they are?

If there's anything better than cheering for this bastard's death, it's watching the sour grimaces on liberal faces as they say "yes, this is a good day for Iraq" through gritted teeth.

It's always easier to portr... (Below threshold)
Tango:

It's always easier to portray an enemy when you can associate a face with them. Al-Sadr, come on down, you're the next contestant on the face of terrorism. Anyway, I really hope to God that this piece of shit is not turned over to his kin for a song and dance funeral. Hole in the desert anyone?

sanssoucy:What ... (Below threshold)
astigafa:

sanssoucy:

What I'm looking forward to is a full day of cheerfully scouring the MSM for the inevitable stories patiently explaining why the killing of this scumbag is really *BAD* for America and the Bush Administration.

ABC, NBC & CBS were crowing and celebrating; CNN ditto. Richard Clarke said something to the effect that this will not end the war; that's as *BAD* as it gets. So sorry.

I can only hope he was bent... (Below threshold)
Tim:

I can only hope he was bent over when the missle came flying in.

As brutal and inhumane as m... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

As brutal and inhumane as my sentiments are...all I keep picturing is him slowly sawing off the head of that American contractor on video.

Break out the video cameras everyone. Pour pig's blood over the remains, saw the head off of the corpse and spike it on a wall, up high for everyone to see. Then of course, let al-jazeera pick up the video.

Anyone wanna bet when the f... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

Anyone wanna bet when the first mainstream media type claims that we knew where he was all along, we just took him out now to distract from Haditha?

They're already saying that over in Kos feverland.

Oh, but don't you know that... (Below threshold)
SmartGuy:

Oh, but don't you know that it is not Zarqawi that was responsible for sawing off Nick Berg's head - that responsibility lies squarely with George Bush. At least that is what Nick Berg's father has just said. The twisted logic of the left continues to upstage itself.

Break out the video came... (Below threshold)
sean nyc/aa:

Break out the video cameras everyone. Pour pig's blood over the remains, saw the head off of the corpse and spike it on a wall, up high for everyone to see. Then of course, let al-jazeera pick up the video. Heralder

I hope you're joking, but there's a sneaking suspicion there's more than just a grain of truth in your statement.

And yes, this is a good thing, but the war is not won. The insurgency is not strictly composed of al Qaeda, there is a large native Iraqi contingent. The percentages are unknown, but a 90% Iraqi/10% foreign is the estimated split. And ideas like this:

Al-Sadr, come on down, you're the next contestant on the face of terrorism. Tango

are not good ones. We tried that once and if you want a full blown rebellion, that's the way to do it. As much trouble as al Sadr may be causing, he has always proclaimed to be a nationalist and he pulls a lot of strings in the gov't.

Celebrate all you want for the day, but there are plenty more days in Iraq and the job is far from over. Personally, I wish we could have done this to bin Laden about 4 years ago, but I'll take what I can get.

Yep, high fives, reload, an... (Below threshold)

Yep, high fives, reload, and let's get back to the killing.

sanssoucy:What ... (Below threshold)
astigafa:

sanssoucy:

What I'm looking forward to is a full day of cheerfully scouring the MSM for the inevitable stories patiently explaining why the killing of this scumbag is really *BAD* for America and the Bush Administration.

...and both NPR and the BBC had man-on-the-street interviews with Iraqis who were saying what a great thing this was for Iraq and the world, interviews with elated terrorism experts, on and on.

Shit-Oh-dear. But you can concentrate on what Berg was saying about Bush being evil -- indeed, you will concentrate on that -- and so maintain your righteous indignation at the left. Remember: always concentrate on the extremes. Let them represent everything you hate, which will enable you to ignore the goodness and reasonableness and humanity of those Others -- said Screwtape to Wormwood.

This is another good day!! ... (Below threshold)
Vegas Vic:

This is another good day!! Ann Coulter Kickin it on Wednesday, Zarqawi dead on Thursday!! God I cant wait until tomorrow !!

Sean,Yes, I'm joki... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Sean,

Yes, I'm joking, the backlash would be terrible and would offend people who would normally be relieved by his death. It would be counterproductive to say the least.

No, the war is not won, no one is pretending it to be the case...but a horrible killer has met his maker and that's a good thing. More will immediately take his place, but I'm happy that this particular person will slaughter no more.

Oh, my dear astigafa ...</p... (Below threshold)
Martin A. Knight:

Oh, my dear astigafa ...

We're very patient people. Today ABCNNBCBS and the NYT affect that they're happy about it. Hell, maybe they actually are. But I have no doubt whatsoever they all wish that this happened after the November elections.

But let's watch what actually happens three days from now. Let's see what flows from the pens/fingertips of "mainstream" folks like Krugman, Dowd, etc. when they think it's safe.

Afterwards, I suspect you'll be here shrieking "censorship"!!

So, Martin, how many days w... (Below threshold)
Chris:

So, Martin, how many days will it take until you acknowledge that the mainstream media isn't mourning the death of Zarqawi? You said three days, so let's check back in three days. I'd like to see if you believe any more in taking accountability for yourself than Bush does. These predictions of what the left or the MSM will say or do that are always posted in these comments have a very poor track record of actually coming to fruition, so let's follow this one and see what happens. I'd hate to think they're just cheap shots from someone who actually has nothing of substance to add to the conversation.

Oh, wait, I forgot, the party that controls both houses of Congress and the White House are just poor little victims, being battered around by that mean press and those awful lefties. It must feel awful to be so powerless. No wonder you guys always fall back on the politics of victimization.

Big MoThat is exac... (Below threshold)
virgo:

Big Mo

That is exactly the first thing that popped into My head. Bush did this to prop up His poll numbers.
Which means Bin Laden is scheduled for the fall elections!
Only thing is? why would'nt the military just wipe all these guys out and declare victory and come home the winners.. the answer is Bush is still trying to figure a way to swindle the Iraqui oil fields for Cheney and Haliburtons sake thus We cannot leave until the november elections..

al-Reuters opines:... (Below threshold)
sanssoucy:

al-Reuters opines:

"The killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi removes the man who took Iraq's insurgency to new heights of savagery but it also creates a martyr whose inspiration will mobilise new recruits."

See what I mean? It's *BAD* that we kakked out Z!

Still, it is delicious to watch aaaaaaaaall the little preening sockpuppets have to grit their teeth and mouth a preface like, "Of course, we're happy about this..." before they can get to the "buuuuuuuut" that indicates the start of their *real* remarks!

What a joy to watch.

SS

[i]That is exactly the firs... (Below threshold)

[i]That is exactly the first thing that popped into My head. Bush did this to prop up His poll numbers.[/i]

Well, that, and to kill that muthafuka. I mean we all know bush wouldn't do something silly like listen to his base or showing a spine anything... oh no! He would rather kill the big Z instead.


[i]Which means Bin Laden is scheduled for the fall elections![/i]

Fret not. Bush will not get re-elected.

[i]Only thing is? why would'nt the military just wipe all these guys out and declare victory and come home the winners..[/i]

Cause too many people would get pissed if we firebomb baghdad. Doesn't mean that it's a bad idea mind you...

[i]the answer is Bush is still trying to figure a way to swindle the Iraqui oil fields for Cheney and Haliburtons sake thus We cannot leave until the november elections..[/i]

Ok, time to make fun of you now.

1. Bush, in 5 years, has not been able to give the oil fields to haliburton--But after november he will.

2. Cheney, with no connections to haliburton, will profit from this.

3. Us killing bin laden in afghanistan will give the president the political approval rating to steal the oil lines. because he will walk into baghdad, whip out the Approval Ratings and DEMAND the oil fields.

You see, that crazy bastard wants the oil lines SOOO BAD, but it's the APPROVAL RATINGS that hold him back. The approval ratings, and bin laden.

Now is that more or less your argument?

Chris ...I think R... (Below threshold)
Martin A. Knight:

Chris ...

I think Reuters just made my point for me above [HT sanssoucy above]. Let's not pretend; we all know what's going to happen. It has already started; the spate of articles containing pained assurances that yes, indeed, the author thinks a missile introducing itself to Zarqawi is a good thing "but ...!"

Practically every reporter at the New York Times and the AP is struggling to balance two things; how they can report the death of Zarqawi as a good thing and still prevent the GOP from citing it as a sign of progress in Iraq.

    ... the party that controls both houses of Congress and the White House ...

Heh heh heh ...

Note: The state of victimhood is sacred only to the Left. We Righties don't actively aspire to it like y'all do. If we did, we'd be voting for Democrats.

In fact, the reason the Press and their Lefty defenders (like you) are whining so much about being challenged by "Right-Wing Extremists" is precisely because we are not adopting the "victim" position. That's why we're ...

    ... the party that controls both houses of Congress and the White House ...

Heh heh heh ...

YogimusSorry but I... (Below threshold)
virgo..:

Yogimus

Sorry but I was being sarca(wia)stic and taking a media critique view of the militarys obvious successes in Iraq!
No offense intended..

Kinda sad that I can no lon... (Below threshold)

Kinda sad that I can no longer tell the difference

The MSM will use one of two... (Below threshold)
sanssoucy:

The MSM will use one of two spins:

(1) "Great [choke!] news, BUT the insurgency goes on, car bombs still go off, and blabber - blabber - blabber."

(2) "Great [strangle!] news, BUT [gas prices / Abramoff / inflation].

Shit, but these asspipes can't stand to be on our side for five fucking minutes.

SS

Other MSM comments I've rea... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Other MSM comments I've read this am:

Reporter to Tony Snow: "Do you think this will help Pres. Bush with his immigration proposals?"

Other Reporter to Rumsfeld: "It appears this was an air attack, endangering surrounding houses, did you authorize use of air attach to kill Zarqawi?"

God they should all be taken out and shot.

Boy that sure did not take ... (Below threshold)
virgo:

Boy that sure did not take long, Murthas on CNN trying to belittle our military successes again..what an unimaginable buffoon.

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