I'm as psyched as anyone that the dreaded Z man is dead. I've been blasting the Bush administration for years for not taking out Zarqawi prior to the Iraq war.
But that said, there's a lot about this terrorist's tale that just doesn't add up.
Today, we find out that Zarqawi wasn't killed instantly by the two 500-pound bunker-busting bombs dropped on his safe house —as Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell told Americans yesterday —but rather he survived long enough to be found by Iraqi police and strapped to a stretcher, before finally expiring in U.S. custody, mumbling unintelligibly with his final breaths.
Clearly, Zarqawi escaped the brunt of the bomb attack. Bombs that atomize a house like this, don't leave bodies intact like this . But why did the Pentagon mislead Americans? The military seems to have come clean only after the Washington Post and CNN started poking in to the incident.
And what are we to make of the official story that Iraqi police were the first to arrive on the scene and strapped Zarqawi to a stretcher. You mean to tell me that American Special Forces weren't pre-positioned to sweep in immediately after those bunker busters went off? Call me a tin-foil hat, but there's something oddly Jessica Lynch about this capture of the top terrorist in Iraq.
Is any of this important? It's impossible to say just yet. But even in regards to Zarqawi's death, the Pentagon doesn't seem to be shooting straight with the American people about Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Here, then, are the open questions I have for Rumsfeld & Co about Al Qaeda's main man in Mesopotamia:
Again, I'm not among those who questions the unalloyed good that this evil mass murderer is now dead. But there is more, or perhaps, rather, less to the life story of this miserable cur than we're hearing from our government.