Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Thursday, March 15, 2007
911! 911! 911!
FLASH: Terrorist captured several years ago admits to planning 911 plot!!!!!

Ever wonder why this is coming out now? Could it have to do with Abu Gonzales's difficulties dominating the news?

Obviously I question the timing of the release of this information. But ok, they've released it. Is it to be believed? As I read it, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is admitting to everything from the Jimmy Hoffa murder to a plan to nuke the world.
WASHINGTON - Suspected 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed confessed to the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl and a central role in 30 other attacks and plots in the U.S. and worldwide that killed thousands of victims, said a revised transcript released Thursday by the U.S. military.
Oh, and he was tortured.

Given all that, isn't it a bit suspicious that one man would be responsible for so much? But ok. Let's say he is. Then why are we fighting such a major freaking war in Iraq if we've had the "mastermind" for years? And doesn't this mean the GWOT is over ... we won?

Just count me as totally skeptical and suspicious of the entire story.

Update: Juan Cole makes a nice catch:
A lot of commentators will note that Khalid Sheikh Muhammad has admitted that he planned out the 9/11 attacks. What they will miss is that he claimed the 1993 World Trade Center bombing as his idea, as well, and as an al-Qaeda operation. Remember that Paul Wolfowitz, following the frankly kookie Laurie Mylroie, blamed Saddam Hussein for the 1993 bombing. Wolfowitz was then the number 2 man in the Pentagon and enormously influential. His conviction that Bin Laden was "one little man" and that 9/11 had to have had a state sponsor (i.e. Iraq) helped drive us into the current quagmire. Wolfowitz was wrong, dead wrong. Has he ever admitted it? Should someone so wrong on so much really be heading the World Bank?
Ahhh, yeah! I guess this is sorta like proof that Saddam had nothing to do with 911 isn't it?