The Al Qaeda boys club

Blogenlust offers this clever observation: "Does Zarqawi have an infinite supply of lieutenants/ deputies/ aides/ associates/ second-in-commands/ etc., or do we just arbitrarily declare that every 100th insurgent we capture or kill is 'a top aide' to Zarqawi?"

The blog then proceeds to list 33 such head honchos captured since 2003. For example, on Sept. 27 U.S. forces killed Abu Azzam described in news reports as "The No. 2 official in the al-Qaida in Iraq organization." Sounds fabulous except ... on June 26 we killed Khalid Suleiman Darwish, aka Abu Alghadiya, also described as "'number two' in Iraq's al Qaeda network and tipped to succeed its leader Abu Musab Al Zarqawi."

Possible explanations include:

A) Al Qaeda's new retention policy offers fast-track promotions to star performers uninterested in traditional perks such as hot sex with heavenly virgins.

B) The organization is experiencing an unusually high attrition rate in its top-ranking positions because of our success in fighting terrorism. (Attributable mainly to our clever deployment of airborne pigs over Baghdad)

C) Some Pentagon flack gets paid way too much money to make this shit up.

Think I'm going to go with B. What can I say, I'm rather fond of pigs.

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