Consider the following rather delicious item, from the Washington Times
Salem Chalabi, one of the principal drafters of the Iraqi interim constitution, said yesterday that the insurgents in Iraq probably would prefer Sen. John Kerry as the next U.S. president.
Mr. Chalabi, speaking at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, said that if he were “under the hat of a member of the resistance, I would prefer that John Kerry wins.”
“They may feel that John Kerry doesn’t have the investment, the political investment in the Iraqi situation that President Bush has,” he said.
From a media-criticism viewpoint, it’s a little surprising that Salem Chalabi’s uncle Ahmed isn’t mentioned: Ahmed, after all, is the man who has boasted of duping the United States into invading Iraq, who is suspected of betraying American intelligence secrets to Iran, and is currentl y collaborating with Moqtada al-Sadr.
But the item is not without political interest, either. The purpose of Mr. Chalabi’s comment, and of its reporting by a pro-Bush reporter in a pro-Bush newspaper, was clearly to damage Sen. Kerry. And Mr. Chalabi is still one of his uncle’s closest associates. So we now know which candidate Moqtada al-Sadr and the Iranian mullahs most fear.
American patriots may wish to be guided accordingly.
Corrected: the earlier version conflated Salem Chalabi with his uncle Ahmed. Thanks the the reader who promptly spotted my mistake.