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U.S. Military Plays Up Role of Zarqawi in Iraq

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This pretty much confirms the view of a Baghdad-based journalist I communicated with last year....

"The U.S. military is conducting a propaganda campaign to magnify the role of the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, according to internal military documents and officers familiar with the program. The effort has raised his profile in a way that some military intelligence officials believe may have overstated his importance and helped the Bush administration tie the war to the organization responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

"The documents state that the U.S. campaign aims to turn Iraqis against Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian, by playing on their perceived dislike of foreigners. U.S. authorities claim some success with that effort, noting that some tribal Iraqi insurgents have attacked Zarqawi loyalists.

"For the past two years, U.S. military leaders have been using Iraqi media and other outlets in Baghdad to publicize Zarqawi's role in the insurgency. The documents explicitly list the "U.S. Home Audience" as one of the targets of a broader propaganda campaign."

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You know what's weird about this? By making Zarqawi's role seem larger, they had persuaded me that the Iraq policy was mistaken. After all, there wasn't a major al-Qaeda presence in Iraq before the war. Now suddenly you have jihad-tourists in Iraq, doesn't that show that the war was a mistake?

And here I'm learning that in fact it was to magnify the role of international terror that Zarqawi's name was kept in the news, and to change Iraqi perceptions of the US.

So that means what? that the Bush administration didn't want to admit that the resistance to the US invasion was mainly Iraqis? But we knew that, right?

I have to say that most of the Bush administrations' policies seem to boomerang on them.
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