A couple months ago

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A couple months ago, in passing, I noted that the Bush administration had been leaning heavily on the Pakistanis to produce some high-value al Qaida bad-guys — bin Laden? Mullah Omar? Zawahiri? — at the end of July, nicely timed to knock the Democratic convention seriously off-stride, and certainly, if at all possible, before the November election.

Well, tomorrow The New Republic is going to release a story — written by recent TPM guest bloggers John Judis and Spencer Ackerman and another colleague — which provides considerably more evidence and detail about what they’ve been up to.

I’m told Judis and Ackerman have mulitple Pakistani intelligence sources confirming key details.

If only bagging OBL had been such a priority for them in early ’02. But, alas, Iraq called. And priorities are priorities.

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