I smiled a little when I heard that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi got what was coming to him, but I broke into a full grin today when I read this headline:
U.S. bombs did not kill Zarqawi instantly
Good! But it gets even better:
Caldwell, addressing Pentagon reporters by teleconference, said: “Zarqawi, in fact, did survive the air strike.”
Iraqi police first reached the site and put him on a stretcher before U.S. ground forces arrived.
“They immediately went to the person in the stretcher (and) were able to start identifying by some distinguishing marks on his body. They had some kind of visual, facial recognition,” he he told the briefing.
“Zarqawi attempted to, sort of, turn away off the stretcher. Everybody re-secured him back onto the stretcher, but he died almost immediately thereafter from the wounds he’d received from this air strike,” Caldwell said.
He “mumbled a little something but it was indistinguishable and very short.”
Caldwell told Fox News that Zarqawi “attempted to roll off the stretcher, as I am told, and get away, realizing it was U.S. military.”
Excellent. The only thing better would have been if they’d doused him in pig’s blood on the stretcher. But then our soldiers would probably have gotten 90 days hard labor with nary a peep from the ACLU if that had happened, so I guess it’s best to keep the cruel and unusual punishments accidental even when they are deserved.