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.


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.,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!)