Parsing Osama

· long story short

Speaking of jumping to conclusion, MSNBC has retracted its original interpretation of the Osama tape as saying that bin Laden encouraged the overthrow of Saddam. Apparently, while Ba’ath socialists are infidels, it’s OK to stand with them to fight against the U.S.
Meanwhile, the invaluable Mark Kleiman tries to sort out the layers of meaning betwen what maybe-Osama, maybe-Powell, and maybe-Reynolds have said.