WAPO JOURNALIST JOBY WARRICK ON HOW Cheney-bush SOWED THE SEEDS OF ISIS
(EXCERPT from NPR)
“But before that, you write that there was a moment in which the United States actually kind of did him a favor, kind of
*made him a superstar.
WARRICK: Exactly. This is someone that no one had really heard of before. Zarqawi was, you know, a third-rate terrorist wannabe living in obscurity in some corner of Iraq between Iraq and Iran. And
*until the Bush administration came up with an idea that Zarqawi was a connection between al-Qaida – between the 9/11 attacks – and Saddam Hussein, no one had heard of him. But this is exactly the claim that Colin Powell makes in his speech before the United Nations in 2003 when he’s
*trying to make the case for invasion. They actually
*put Zarqawi’s picture on the big screen and say here’s a guy that’s in Iraq. We think he has connections with the Saddam government. We know he’s been in Afghanistan, in touch with bin Laden, so here’s this nexus. Here’s what, you know, this worst-case scenario of a combination of these two worlds. So they used Zarqawi *to make the case for invasion, and
*it backfired because what it did was made Zarqawi famous.
*Overnight, he’s one of the most famous terrorists in the world.
He’s receiving money.
He’s getting recruits. And it essentially
*creates the perfect platform for him to then, you know, move into Iraq and really take jihad seriously.
DAVIES: And the idea that Saddam Hussein was actually harboring this group in Iraq and protecting Zarqawi – *what truth, if any, was there to that?
*WARRICK: None at all.”