July 30, 2004

AL JAZEERA is reporting that Zarqawi has been captured. We’ve heard that quite a few times before, so I think I’ll wait for some more substantial confirmation. If true, it was certainly considerate of the Bush Administration to wait until after Kerry had a chance to deliver his speech, and I hope he’ll thank them for their generosity in terms of the timing. . . .

UPDATE: A reader suggests that — given the quality of Kerry’s speech — an arrest of Zarqawi that didn’t distract people from its delivery is proof of Bush Administration conniving. Hmm. Not entirely implausible. . . .

ANOTHER UPDATE: Michele Catalano, who knows all, emails that AlJazeera.com is not connected with the Al Jazeera TV network, and that it’s quite unreliable. Given that we haven’t heard more about this, I’m pretty sure it’s bogus.

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