Video: McDermott calls for investigation into Camp Falcon attack

posted at 9:32 am on May 15, 2007 by Allahpundit

Remember this? We blogged it while it was happening. Insurgents launched an attack on Falcon with rockets and mortars, one of which hit an ammo dump and set off a string of explosions that lasted for hours. The military reported no casualties; jihadist media reported 300 American soldiers dead plus scores more wounded. Their spin has now made it all the way up to McDermott, as part of the anti-war effort to show that no matter how awful conditions are in Iraq, they’re actually even worse than you think.

But who told McDermott? That’s where it gets interesting:

It was brought to my attention yesterday during a meeting in my Congressional office with Muhammad al-Daini, an independent member of the Iraqi Parliament; he came to the U.S. to talk with Members of Congress about the realities of life in Iraq…

During our meeting I asked Mr. al-Daini if Iraq was so unstable that a terrorist attack could claim a large number of Americans in one attack?…

I wanted to know if such an attack was possible in Iraq. Without hesitation he said such an attack already occurred. He said, and others are saying on-line, that the attack on Camp Falcon killed 300 Americans, wounded another 200, and killed or injured another 200 Iraqis.

Would an Iraqi MP lie? Well, yeah, maybe: read the Times’s report of Daini’s visit to Capitol Hill, which drips with skepticism about his motives. He’s a Sunni who’s publicly praised the insurgency and whose party is led by a guy who thinks the Baath were the best thing to ever happen to Iraq. He’s also been accused of being an accomplice in the murder of a Shiite journalist’s brother. The Times notes drily that most of his meetings were with anti-war Democrats; that might be partly explained the fact that his sponsor on the visit was Dal LaMagna, a “progressive” businessman better known to the blogosphere as a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. “A true humanitarian,” says LaMagna of Daini.

But back to Camp Falcon. Two simple questions courtesy of my tipster on this, RLW: first, if 300 American soldiers have been mysteriously out of contact with their families for seven months and not added to any lists of killed or missing in the meantime, why haven’t any family members come forward about it? And second, if the Defense Department is adding them to the list of KIAs now, ostensibly as having been killed as part of the surge, would that mean the actual casualties for the surge are much lower than we think?

The capper on the jihadi account on the Falcon attack, incidentally, is the supposed detonation of a tactical nuclear weapon during the chain reaction in the ammo dump. You can see the explosion they mean at 2:46 of the first video and 1:23 of the second. It must be true — what better place to store tactical nukes, which are useless in urban warfare anyway, than in an area crawling with jihadis who’d love to get their hands on one?


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Would an Iraqi MP lie? Well, yeah, maybe: read the Times’s report of Daini’s visit to Capitol Hill, which drips with skepticism about his motives.

It’s possible that he lied. It’s also possible that he believes it. Political leaders in the Middle East have a strong… confirmation bias. They’ll believe almost any wild story involving Western losses, up to and including the number of Israeli robots killed in Iraq.

Lehosh on May 15, 2007 at 9:41 AM

We definitely need to perform IQ and Senility tests on all members of Congress.

To actually believe that 300 Soldiers are killed and another 200 wounded, and the Army can keep it a secret, proves McDermott has an IQ less than 70 and is senile.

Helloyawl on May 15, 2007 at 9:44 AM

Al Qaeda picks up on Democratic press releases. Now the Dems are picking up on Al Qaeda talking points. The circle is complete.

BohicaTwentyTwo on May 15, 2007 at 9:56 AM

What was that about the Dhimmicrats and AQ acting in concert?

P. James Moriarty on May 15, 2007 at 9:57 AM

By Democratic standards he’s a genius.

JayHaw Phrenzie on May 15, 2007 at 9:58 AM

LOL, great minds thinking alike. Sry

P. James Moriarty on May 15, 2007 at 9:58 AM

More investigations are needed in our do nothing congress. Please don’t concern yourselves with border security and illegal aliens. /stupidity

Wade on May 15, 2007 at 10:00 AM

Very sad that a lunatic like this is directing the future of our country.

WisCon on May 15, 2007 at 10:02 AM

McDermott is a bag of donkey dung who naturally would believe anyone other than our governmet or military.

rplat on May 15, 2007 at 10:04 AM

Baghdad Jim.

What a moron, doesn’t he know that he’s supposed to be feeding propaganda to the jihadis, not the other way around?

Bad Candy on May 15, 2007 at 10:12 AM

And I see several other people said the same thing I did. Learn to read BC…

Bad Candy on May 15, 2007 at 10:13 AM

Hmmm, I looks like my comment is MIA, that hasn’t happened in a long time. Anyway, I was just sayin’ that as a former Air Force Ammo guy, I can tell ya that a nuclear weapon on fire in a burning ammo dump will NOT detonate.

(Watch, as soon as I send this, my other comment will show up. If it doed, I apologize in advance).

Tony737 on May 15, 2007 at 10:19 AM

He’s actually going to believe an Iraqi about this story? common Iraqis also think our wiley x glasses have x-ray vision and and our IBA is air conditioned. Then again I don’t guess there is much difference in the common liberals conspiracy imagination and Iraqi gullibility.

Trooper on May 15, 2007 at 10:21 AM

Ahhh… they just can’t stay away from a good conspiricy!

Romeo13 on May 15, 2007 at 10:23 AM

McDermott == Seattle’s finest.
This pathethic specimen is nothing but human refuse.
The guy makes Rosie look like a genius.
BTW, he SHOULD be in prison for wiretapping.

CyberCipher on May 15, 2007 at 10:31 AM

“Would an Iraqi MP lie?”

“Well, yeah, maybe.”? Heck, our reps lie all the time. What are we, special?

Dusty on May 15, 2007 at 10:36 AM

Let’s not let this distract us from the “real” issues of our time…

1. What Gonzalez knew and when he knew it.

and

2. How can we blam this on Bush?

BadBrad on May 15, 2007 at 10:44 AM

Very sad that a lunatic like this is directing the future of our country.

It’s very sad that a party like this is directing the future of our country.

CliffHanger on May 15, 2007 at 10:50 AM

Ah yes, Baghdad Jim. Reliable source. He’s been propagandizing for the other side for quite some time now.

CP on May 15, 2007 at 10:51 AM

The Times notes drily that most of his meetings were with anti-war Democrats;

Why wouldn’t they meet? They’re on the same side for gods sake.

pistolero on May 15, 2007 at 10:51 AM

This Congress will go down as the “investigation” Congress. President Bush sneezed and used three tissues to clean up! Let’s call for an investigation into his wasteful use of resources and how they are contributing to global warming.

Perhaps it is a good thing they are so interested in “oversight.” It keeps them distracted from actually trying to pass their leftist legislation.

Mallard T. Drake on May 15, 2007 at 10:55 AM

McDermott is a special kind of stupid.

Jaibones on May 15, 2007 at 10:58 AM

Allah, thanks for providing the CNN clips. I’d never seen the video.

amerpundit on May 15, 2007 at 11:04 AM

Oh, wait. That was al-Jazeera.

amerpundit on May 15, 2007 at 11:04 AM

Gee, is “Jim McDermott is an idiot” one of my choices?

mojo on May 15, 2007 at 11:08 AM

Allah, thanks for providing the CNN clips. I’d never seen the video.
amerpundit on May 15, 2007 at 11:04 AM

Oh, wait. That was al-Jazeera.
amerpundit on May 15, 2007 at 11:04 AM

Common mistake.

BohicaTwentyTwo on May 15, 2007 at 11:12 AM

Did we expect anything different from Abu Musab al McDermott?

Capitalist Infidel on May 15, 2007 at 11:51 AM

I wish someone at the DOJ had the balls to look at his tax returns and see how McDermott is finding the $60,000 wiretapping fine and the half-million in court costs. Oh wait, they are too busy defending themselves against charges of letting politics influence the hiring and firing of political appointees.

drunyan8315 on May 15, 2007 at 11:57 AM

The truly ironic part is that McDermott is a psychiatrist.

Moonbat, heal thyself.

rw on May 15, 2007 at 12:14 PM

I’ll tell you, worse the whole absurdity of thinking that we’d store a tactical nuke in an ammo dump in country (I don’t think we even have any ground-based nukes in our inventory anymore) is the fact that McDermott is willing to jump right in and lend credence to the absurd assertions being made…

RustMouse on May 15, 2007 at 12:26 PM

Hello.

Let me, on behalf of the majority of Seattle that is rational and sane, apologize for Jim (or as he is known around here GasBaghdad)McDermott. The ONLY consolation I take from him is that he is such a great tool for rational people to see what damage extremism can cause.

Chike ex Machina on May 15, 2007 at 1:13 PM

McDermott is a special kind of stupid traitor.

Jaibones on May 15, 2007 at 10:58 AM

There – fixed it for ya. Baghdad Jim is our representive from Al-Qaeda.

CrazyFool on May 15, 2007 at 1:20 PM

Show me a Democrat not infected with BDS and I’ll give you a pork kabob.

abinitioadinfinitum on May 15, 2007 at 1:24 PM

I wanted to know if such an attack was possible in Iraq. Without hesitation he said such an attack already occurred. He said, and others are saying on-line, that the attack on Camp Falcon killed 300 Americans, wounded another 200, and killed or injured another 200 Iraqis.

This is one of those (many) cases where you have to ask – “shouldn’t this guy be kicked out of office for such irresponsible behavior?” I mean, it’s right up there Reid saying we lost, Pelosi visiting Syria, etc. etc. etc.

RightWinged on May 15, 2007 at 3:13 PM

For the life of me I can’t understand why the people of Seattle keep voting for this moron.

sadatoni on May 15, 2007 at 3:30 PM

Must be the caffeine this guy chugs daily.

gary on May 15, 2007 at 5:30 PM

McDermott just nudged the Democrat party a little closer to standing for nothing but terrorist support and treason. I would hope that the few Democrats left who think that’s a bad thing would speak out against this idiot, but I won’t hold my breath.

ReubenJCogburn on May 15, 2007 at 5:55 PM

Silly Rep McDermott, it wasn’t nukes or attacking AQ – it was the giant, mutant Camel Spiders!!!

major john on May 15, 2007 at 5:59 PM

McDermott should be sitting on death row awaiting execution by hanging for treason. He openly gave aid and comfort to Saddam before the war, when he and Spicula went to Baghdad.

McDermott openly supports Al Qaeda and the terrorists in Iraq.

georgej on May 15, 2007 at 7:25 PM

Why didn’t he just ask the military?

profitsbeard on May 15, 2007 at 7:44 PM