Little Green Footballs

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Bush targeted al-Jazeera HQ?

CNN cites the Daily Mirror, which has apparently obtained a secret British government memo describing a U.S. plot to bomb al-Jazeera headquarters in Doha, Qatar.

The Daily Mirror reported that Blair talked Bush out of launching an airstrike against Al-Jazeera's headquarters in Qatar -- a U.S. ally -- during an April 16, 2004, meeting at the White House.

Citing a top-secret memo from Blair's office, the tabloid said Bush was angered by the network's coverage of the uprising in the western Iraqi city of Falluja.

Disturbing, if true.

3 comments:

Benjamin said...

Whatever one thinks of Al-Jazeera, its worrying that the US govt seriously considers media as targets for military attack. That's potentially crossing a very serious line.

There is a suspicion that the US deliberately bombed al-Jazeera in Afghanistan, although they deny it.

The bomb nearly took out the BBC too.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/waronterror/story/0,1361,597067,00.html

Chip said...

You find a COMMENT disturbing?

Terrorists are creating piles of body parts in Iraq, with the enthusiastic support of Al-Jazeera, and you're obsessed with an off-the-cuff remark. Your moral compass is in the Bermuda Triangle.

You should know that Reagan once mentioned "bombing the Soviet Union in five minutes" during a sound check. The reaction to his silly comment was equally overwrought from the same people who didn't give a damn about the victims of the Soviet gulags.

So you follow in a long tradition of those who can't tell an ant hill from a volcano.

Winston Smith said...

Destroying property in a non-enemy country. How very French.

Oh, and would you mind passing along your copy of the memo? We're all very interested in reading it. (You must have a copy, right? That's how you know Bush was joking, right? Or were you listening in? Even better!)