Sunday, August 24, 2003

James Risen can't bring himself to say so, but if you read his review in The New York Times of the new book by neocon and former Judith Miller collaborator Laurie Mylroie, it becomes clear that Mylroie is crazy as a loon.

It’s not merely that she believes Saddam Hussein was behind the September 11 attacks, the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, and virtually every other terrorist acts in recent memory -- it’s this:

She suggests that key Qaeda leaders who have been captured by the United States may only be posing as Qaeda leaders: they could actually be Iraqi intelligence agents who are way, way undercover. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Al Qaeda's chief of operations and the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, and who is now in American custody, may not really be Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. He could be an Iraqi intelligence agent secretly sent to run Al Qaeda by Saddam Hussein. Ramzi Yousef, the man behind the first World Trade Center bombing and a 1995 plot to blow up American airliners over the Pacific, who now sits in a federal prison, also may be an Iraqi agent. have been stolen for use by Iraqi intelligence agents during Baghdad's occupation of Kuwait in 1990.

I run into a lot of people here in New York City who think prominent figures in the news have been replaced by doubles. Most of these people sleep on the street in refrigerator boxes and think aliens are reading their thoughts.

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