WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), chairman of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, made the following statement Thursday regarding the death of terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi:
“Our military and intelligence forces have been patient, and their efforts have paid off in yet another success. They are relentless, and I have every confidence that, along with our Iraqi and coalition partners, they will succeed in destroying what remains of Zarqawi’s terrorist network. “The Iraqi people stood up against this threat to their nation, and in partnership with the U.S. military, ended Zarqawi’s attempt to stop the march of freedom and democracy in Iraq.
“Al Zarqawi has made his last video.”Sen. Cornyn is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Instapundit has the round up of reactions here. As the man says, just keep scrolling.
He also wonders is Michael Moore is grieving the loss of a minuteman
The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not "insurgents" or "terrorists" or "The Enemy." They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow — and they will win.
–Michael Moore, April 2004
Ok, so if you can't tell, my reaction to this event was gladness. Of course, not as glad as these people, but still…he needed killing and it was long overdue. I think it's important to note that we got him due to information from civilians who turned him in. This means that the insurgency has lost it's ability for reprisals against such things, or at least that their capacity for it is diminished. And that means more people will be turning them in. Also, information gathered at the scene led to 17 more raids last night. More bad guys caught. More explosives off the street. More defeat for Al-Qaida.
Now, personally, I was hoping that since Zarkawi hated the Shia so much, he'd rid us of Mookie al-Sadr before we got to him, but I guess that wasn't in the cards. Oh well. Can't have everything.
The other price to be paid is of course all the drivel from the left, (no, I'm NOT linking to Kos or the DU) questioning the timing and pointing out that the war isn't over, calling it a stunt, etc. They're really just trying to cover their grief. After all, the enemy of George Bush is their friend. You may quote me. I question their patriotism. This is a victory and if you can't enjoy it, I gotta wonder which team you support.
Anyhoo, today was a good day.