Fox Spins New Zawahiri Tape, Refuses To Mention That Al Qaeda Supports Bush Iraq Strategy

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"Fox Spins New Zawahiri Tape, Refuses To Mention That Al Qaeda Supports Bush Iraq Strategy"

Yesterday, a new videotape from al Qaeda deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri was released, in which he expresses opposition to the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq and says he wants 200,000-300,000 U.S. troops killed before the America pulls out.

Zawahiri says Congress’ proposed Iraq timetable is evidence of American “failure and frustration,” but adds, “This bill will deprive us of the opportunity to destroy the American forces which we have caught in a historic trap.”

This morning on Fox News, host Chris Wallace attempted to spin the Zawahiri tape. He repeatedly said Zawahiri “says the Democrats’ troop pull-out bill is proof of a U.S. defeat,” never once mentioning the fact that Zawahiri also advocated Bush’s strategy of staying the course in Iraq. Watch it:

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The fact that Zawahiri views Bush’s Iraq policy as a failure is not news. The American people, in one poll after another, view Iraq as a failure. The significance of Zawahiri’s tape is his stated concern that a withdrawal would deprive al Qaeda of its ambition to inflict sustained and gradual losses against U.S. troops.

As John Aravosis at AmericaBlog writes, “He wants the US to remain in a quagmire where our troops are killed and killed and killed, i.e., he likes the [Bush] plan for Iraq.” Wallace chose not to report this aspect of the Zawahiri’s tape.

Transcript:

I’m Chris Wallace. al Qaeda’s number two leader says the Democrats’ troop pull-out bill is proof of a U.S. defeat

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Al Qaeda’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri says the bill the Democrats sent the president calling to pull troops out of Iraq is a sign of American failure. In a new internet video, he also mocks White House assertions the troops surge is beginning to work.

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Ayman al-Zawahiri, the number two al Qaeda leader, says the bill that you Democrats sent the president is proof of the American defeat in Iraq. Don’t you — we’ll talk about the details in a moment. does your party run the risk of being seen by the american people as they were after Vietnam as soft on national security?

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