I’m hoping to have the real video later today. Excerpts have already been released. The Blotter says he sounds like a man who smells victory, but I’m not sure why — droning about Palestine is what Islamists do when they want to change the subject. In fact, he sounds miffed that the west now perceives the Shiites of Iran as the real threat in the Middle East:

“I want to tell the Republicans and the Democrats together … you are trying to negotiate with some parties to secure your withdrawal, but these parities won’t find you an exit (from Iraq) and your attempts will yield nothing but failure,” al-Zawahiri said on the tape, sections of which were aired in successive news bulletins.

“It seems that you will go through a painful journey of failed negotiations until you will be forced to return to negotiate with the real powers,” he said, without identifying these powers.

The military says it caught a big fish a few days ago in Mosul. It’s hard to believe at this point it’ll make much difference in the big picture, but one less terrorist is one less terrorist. Good work.

Here’s Scrapple.

Update: The Counterterrorism Blog has new excerpts. They’re tremendously tedious.