Bush and the rightwing noise machine say we should take the terrorists at their word (as if Al Qaida aren't constantly juggling their words for maximum propoganda effect).
You know they'll change their tune fast now:
In a new video posted today on the Internet, al Qaeda's number two man, Ayman al Zawahiri, mocks the bill passed by Congress setting a timetable for the pullout of U.S. troops in Iraq.So Bush did exactly what the terrorists wanted him to? Say it ain't so!
"This bill will deprive us of the opportunity to destroy the American forces which we have caught in a historic trap," Zawahiri says in answer to a question posed to him an interviewer.
Continuing in the same tone, Zawahiri says, "We ask Allah that they only get out of it after losing 200,000 to 300,000 killed, in order that we give the spillers of blood in Washington and Europe an unforgettable lesson."
Based on the references to the bill, the tape, produced by al Qaeda's propaganda arm, as-Sahab, appears to have been made after Congress passed the legislation last week but before President Bush vetoed in on Thursday.
It's always possible to cherry-pick AQ statements to fit your own agenda because they do play every side in an attempt to win the propoganda battle. That's why it is so ridiculous to see conservatives quoting AQ statements to "prove" Dems are traitors or whatever the rant-de-jour is.