A Thumbdrive in the Pocket

Al-Qaida in Iraq has been dealt a crushing blow since last weeks death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Iraq’s national security adviser said Thursday a “huge treasure” of documents and computer records was seized after the raid on terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s hideout, giving the Iraqi government the upper hand in its fight against al-Qaida in Iraq.

Al-Rubaie said a laptop, flashdrive and other documents were found in the debris after the airstrike that killed the al-Qaida in Iraq leader last week outside Baqouba, and more information has been uncovered in raids of other insurgent hideouts since then.

He called it a “huge treasure … a huge amount of information.”

But the MSM is skeptical (no surprise).

When asked how he could be sure the information was authentic, al-Rubaie said “there is nothing more authentic than finding a thumbdrive in his pocket.”

“We believe that this is the beginning of the end of al-Qaida in Iraq,” al-Rubaie said, adding that the documents showed al-Qaida is in “pretty bad shape,” politically and in terms of training, weapons and media.

One of the items found in the aftermath of the Zarqawi death is a document which describes the current health of al-Qaida in Iraq. The news for the terrorists isn’t good. The U.S. led efforts in Iraq have clearly made a difference. Contrary to the negative news from the MSM and Democrats in Congress, we’ve been winning all along.

A blueprint for trying to start a war between the United States and Iran was among a “huge treasure” of documents found in the hideout of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Iraqi officials said Thursday.

The document, purporting to reflect al-Qaida policy and its cooperation with groups loyal to ousted President Saddam Hussein, also appear to show that the insurgency in Iraq was weakening.

The document also said al-Zarqawi planned to try to destroy the relationship between the United States and its Shiite allies in Iraq.

While the coalition was continuing to suffer human losses, “time is now beginning to be of service to the American forces and harmful to the resistance,” the document said.

The document said the insurgency was being hurt by, among other things, the U.S. military’s program to train Iraqi security forces, by massive arrests and seizures of weapons, by tightening the militants’ financial outlets, and by creating divisions within its ranks.

“Generally speaking and despite the gloomy present situation, we find that the best solution in order to get out of this crisis is to involve the U.S. forces in waging a war against another country or any hostile groups,” the document said, as quoted by al-Maliki’s office.

According to the summary, insurgents were being weakened by operations against them and by their failure to attract recruits. To give new impetus to the insurgency, they would have to change tactics, it added.

Gee, that sounds like U.S. success to me. Again, we’re winning the war in Iraq. We’re winning because we’re staying the course. We’re not letting up.

Given this new evidence that we’re winning, doesn’t this cut the legs off of Rep. John Murtha’s “get out of Iraq now” policy? What about Senator John Kerry’s call for the U.S. to completely withdraw by the end of 2006? If we leave now, or by December 31st, al-Qaida, even in their weakened state, will win. If we stay and fight, al-Qaida in Iraq will not only lose, they’ll cease to exist. The choice is obvious.

Will Democrats do the right thing and fully support our troops, support the U.S. policy in Iraq, and help us complete the mission, or will they stand with al-Qaida in Iraq by helping them in their jihad?

Mr. Kerry, Mr. Murtha, Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Reid…we await your response. 

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